Tour to Galle & Unawatuna

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Stop At: Ariyapala Mask Museum, 426 Main Street, Ambalangoda 80300 Sri Lanka

This museum is designed to introduce into the richness of the mask tradition of Ambalangoda and to strengthen this cultural heritage. The museum, the workshop and the small library (containing all available anthropological literature on masks performances) may serve as a center for traditional arts and crafts and for research as well. The Karava...
Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Ariyapala Mask Museum, 426 Main Street, Ambalangoda 80300 Sri Lanka

This museum is designed to introduce into the richness of the mask tradition of Ambalangoda and to strengthen this cultural heritage. The museum, the workshop and the small library (containing all available anthropological literature on masks performances) may serve as a center for traditional arts and crafts and for research as well. The Karava people (fisher community) living in the western and south-western coastal areas of Sri Lanka have developed a great variety of social customs. The south-west coast area, es-specially Ambalangoda is particularly well known for its masks plays and rituals that are performed on different occasions. Among these performances there are two famous ones, the Kolam Maduwa and the rituals to expel evil demons which cause diseases. For many decades, the famous masks have been highly appreciated by private and museum collectors and other experts. But for economic reasons mainly especially the Kolam Dances fell into disuse during the last 30 to 50 years and were performed only very seldom, on the other side, mask carving has now developed into a cottage industry. Of all the well known carvers of the area, only the Wijesooriya family is now preserving the elaborated traditional art of carving masks. In order to save the local cultural heritage, the Wijesooriya family has under­taken the tasks to carve a complete set of all masks, 120 in number. For lack of space, however, not all these masks can be exhibited here. To illustrate this revival in traditional carving and mask performances two sets of masks are exhibited here. They belong to the Kolam Maduwa and to the Sanni Yakuma ritual as per­formed in Batapola and Ambalangoda in 1985 and 1986.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Galle Fort, Church Street, Galle 80000 Sri Lanka

As with most forts in Sri Lanka which were occupied by the three colonial forces; the Portuguese, Dutch and English respectively, the Galle Fort is attributed to the Dutch and called the Dutch Fort in Galle. This is because it was the Dutch who planned, structured and built the Forts in existence today with only minor improvements done by the English in later years. The Fort in Galle stands overlooking the Harbor/Port in Galle which is situated on the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka was an integral trade route stopover for Chinese Arab and Mediterranean traders and is mentioned in many ancient texts and by famous travelers from times past such as Ibn Battuta. The first contact with the Portuguese and this port was when the Portuguese expedition led by Lourenço de Almeida in the 1500’s touched down here and developed friendships with king Dharmaparakramabahu. They then began construction of the Fort with earthen fortification-sand it went on to finally have three bastions as well as the Franciscan Chapel built within it in 1541.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Maritime Archeological Museum (Galle), Queen Street Duch fort, Galle 80000 Sri Lanka

The Maritime Archaeology Museum in Galle is the only museum that showcases the marine biological and anthropological aspects of the Southern coast of Sri Lanka. Situated at the Dutch warehouse of the Galle Fort that was built in 1671, the Maritime Archaeology Museum exhibits marine artifacts that are found during underwater expeditions. A magnificent opportunity at the Maritime Museum in Galle to get to know about the history and archaeology of the links which h Sri Lanka had with the people and the cultures of the distant lands of the Indian Ocean and beyond. Display of the museum comprises objects, replicas, models, panels, videos and reconstruction s that cover a long period which spans from 5000 BCE to the late 19th century CE. 2200 years old depiction of a ship which is appeared in one of the inscriptions found in North Central province in Sri Lanka, the logo of this museum itself symbolizes this continuous tradition.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Japanese Peace Pagoda, Rumassala, Unawatuna 80600 Sri Lanka

The Japanese Peace Pagoda is located in the majestic city of Galle, Sri Lanka and is the most peaceful attractions of the city. This place is a heaven for people seeking inner peace and calmness since the tranquil atmosphere of the place is soothing for the soul. This beautiful, round shrine located in Sri Lanka serves as a symbol of peace and is sometimes stated as resembling a giant marshmallow when viewed from a distance. Situated on top of Rumasalla Hills, it is one of the three stupas in Sri Lanka which have been built by Japanese monks. Stupas are basically monuments that are designed to inspire peace among people belonging to different nationalities and creeds and the Japanese Peace pagoda tops this list. You can take a walk around this place and spot the white, towering bell-like structure which is surrounded by statues in gold paint. The most attractive part of this place is the walkway which encircles the shrine and provides a 360 degree view of the jungles and the shrine. The Pagoda can also be spotted from the main Unawatuna Beach which is quite impressive.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Jungle Beach, Unawatuna 80600 Sri Lanka

Located just northwest of Unawatuna, Jungle Beach is a tiny, semi-hidden bay surrounded by jungle. A coral reef is located just a few meters offshore from the beach. Jungle Beach in Sri Lanka is the most accessible place for enjoying a day of snorkeling without signing up to go out on a boat. You don't need a guide or to sign up for a tour. Anyone with snorkeling gear can walk out and enjoy life on the reef! Snorkeling, sunbathing, and swimming are really the only things to do at Jungle Beach.

Duration: 2 hours

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Important Details

Included
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water - 1 liter per person
  • Private transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Maritime Archeological Museum (Galle)
Not Included
  • WiFi on board
  • Restroom on board
  • Gratuities
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up all travelers from any Hotel in Negombo

Airports

  • Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka


7:00 AM
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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