Combine wildlife with culture on this daytrip. Your first stop is Kosgoda, where you can see baby turtles in a protected hatchery. Sri Lanka’s a popular nesting ground for five species of turtle, and this place has already helped nearly two million turtles make their way into the wild. Salvaged turtle eggs are buried here in the sand, until they hatch. Then the babies are released at night, when they follow the moonlight towards the sea. After a stop for lunch, you’ll set off for Galle. One of Sri Lanka’s most interesting cities, Galle is a jigsaw of Dutch buildings, colonial architecture and age-old mosques. Your tour covers off all the sights, and you’ll soon understand why this once-major port is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll around the harbour, or visit the Old Town where you can see traditional lace-makers and wood-carvers – it’s a great chance to snap up some souvenirs.
Just so you know, the journey takes approximately two hours each way.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.