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DAY KOGGALA BOAT RIDE – KOGGALA

Description


Program
  • After breakfast proceed to Koggala
  • Visit a Turtle Farm
  • Koggala Boat Safari
  • Visit Stilt Fishing Fishermen
  • Commence Galle City Tour
  • Visit Galle Dutch Fort Fortress
  • Sea bath at Hikkaduwa 
  • Drop at hotel
Highlights 

Koggala Boat Safari
Koggala Lagoon Lake is situated near the town of Koggala The lagoon is embellished with eight ecologically rich small islands. The lagoon is largely rain fed and a number of streams are connected to it. Various land use practices exist in the catchment, which mainly includes small-scale fishing industry and paddy farming. The islands consist of lush Mangrove swamps. Anchored in mud, the mangrove roots are coated with a variety of creatures, including barnacles, oysters and crabs. The dense, intertwining roots serve as nurseries for many fish species. There are seven islands in the lagoon that can be reached by boat. The most famous of the islands is ‘Madol Doova’. Tourists can witness the varying species of Mangrove, about ten of which are endemic to Sri Lanka. Wildlife of these islands inherited to a wide variety of flora and fauna, like monitor lizards and a number of birds.


Galle
Galle said to be the famous Tarshish of the Bible is the port where the Portugeese first landed in Sri Lanka. The famous fort in Galle was originally built by the Portuguese in 1589 and named Santa Cruz. After the Dutch occupation it was destroyed and rebuilt on a larger scale to cover an area of 36 hectares. Fortified by the Dutch who ruled maritime Sri Lanka in the 17th & 18th centuries the city still retains the air of old Holland. Old Dutch churches and monuments with armorial bearings, well preserved fort and ramparts, imposing crested and monogrammed gateway dated 1669, many well preserved Old Dutch houses and narrow alleys still bearing Dutch names.

Kande Vihara Temple 
The temple has been formally recognized by the Government as an archaeological site in Sri Lanka. The temple was founded by ven. Karapagala Dewamitta thero in 1734. Since then the temple was renovated and developed time to time under state patronage that lead the temple to become a major Buddhist shrine in the country. The temple comprises the Stupa, Bodhi Tree, Relic Chamber, Image House, Upulvan Devalaya and the other main Devalas including Kataragama and Pattini Devalaya. Bodhi Tree, preaching hall and the Seema Malaka are situated outside the Vihara premises. The Stupa has been built in bell shape and erected within an octagonal Shelter. The Temple holds one of the largest Buddhist statues in the country.

Turtle Hatchery 
The Turtle Hatchery 8Km south of Bentota at Kosgoda is said to be the best place to see giant turtles and their babies and is endowed by hasselblad cameras.

Includes 
  • Transportation in an A/C vehicle
  • Service of an English or German speaking professional guide
  • All Government Taxes
  • Entrance fees
  • Boat Ride

Does Not Include 
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Camera permits

Amenities

All Government Taxes
English or German speaking professional Guide
Entrance fees
Parking
Transportation in an A/C vehicle

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