Summery of the tour, Galle Dutch Fort > Hikkaduwa Beach > Turtle farm
Galle Dutch fort – Down South in Sri lanka
The representative of Chiara Tours Sri lanka is always at the Colombo airport to warmly welcome you with paging your name in the paging area at the Colombo airport inner lobby. According to our plan we are heading to Galle to see the Dutch fort. Galle fort is 165 KMs away from the Bandaranayke International airport and it takes 3 hours drive in the highway. It is an ancient natural harbor and UNSCO has accepted as a World Heritage Sight. It is historically very famous place because the British writer Emerson Tenant says that the world famous harbor was called as ‘TASIS’ and King Salomon had taken peacocks , tamed elephants, ivories, pearls and gems using this harbor according to the Old Testament in the Bible in ancient time. In 14 century AD, Ebon Batuta wrote that the harbor was well establishing one. In 1505 Portuguese arrived to Srilanka and made a fort using bamboo trees for the trade. In 1638 Dutch arrived to Srilanka and had the power over the Portuguese in Galle fort. The Galle Fort was a great place for the trade, so they made the fort and harbor using especial kind of mud and corals in a strong way with a big wall around the fort, warehouses, officers, light house, prison, strong gates with hikes and more than six bastions where cannons had placed can be seen even presently. British had too used the Galle fort and they have taken tea, pepper, cloves, cinnamon, gem stones and other valuables through the harbor from 1798 and 1948.The mixer of European architectures from Portuguese, Dutch and British can be seen presently and the marine museum is another important to visit to have a good understanding about the ancient naval power of Europeans.
Hikkaduwa beach is a well-known place as a marine national park among the tourist because there are beautiful coral reefs and colorful fishes can be seen under the water. It is a great and attractive place where we can experience white sandy beach, blue water, low waves, and great sun shine without any harassment. Snorkeling and diving are very popular among the tourist in Hikkaduwa and you have the opportunity to see the heavenly look under the water as well as the glass bottom boats too are provided to experience the Marine National Park in Sri lanka.
Before we are going to the Airport, you will be accompanied to visit moon stone museum, species garden, mask carving place and turtle hatchery and then moving to the Colombo Airport passing Bentota and Colombo city late in the evening.