day 08

Galle Dutch Fort, Sri Lanka

Galle Dutch Fort, Sri Lanka

Day 08 – MIRESSA / BENTOTA / MIRISSA – 110  km – 03 Hours

After Breakfast, leave for Excursion Tour to Bentota via Galle & Bentota

Found in the 16th century by the Portuguese, Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, before the arrival of the British. It is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and South-East Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions.

On the way to Bentota visit a Mask Factory and a Turtle Hatchery.

Turtle Hatchery -The beaches of Sri Lanka are the nesting grounds for five species of marine turtles. There are 18 hatcheries found along the southern coastal line; of them, nine hatcheries are found in the district of Galle and one is found in the district of Hambantota (Darwin’s Cabana). According to statistics from 1996 to 1999, nearly a hundred thousand sea turtles were hatched and released to the sea from these hatcheries.

Bentota- Facing the Indian Ocean, a tropical lagoon and a major river Bentota offers water sports possibilities nowhere else to be found. The name comes from a mythical story which dates back to kings time saying a demon called Bem ruled this river (tota = river bank).  Bentota also delivers an ancient art of healing called Ayurveda. The city  is famous for its toddy production, an alcoholic beverage made out of coconut nectar.

Optional – Madu river boat safari

 Over Night stay at hotel in Mirissa Beach