Sri Lanka Excursion - Galle Day Tour
Leave your hotel and proceed on to Galle, en route the first stop will be at Ambalangoda, a town famous for its mask makers. These colorful masks were used in "demon exorcising' ceremonies in the past and some of these rituals are still practiced by few even now. Some of these masks are quite ferocious and wild, however they are very well made and fairly inexpensive to purchase should you want to take presents back for those who are not so superstitious friends. The mask museum actually shows you how the masks are used to rid evil spirits. The next visit will be a Moonstone mines, and at Hikkaduwa a chance to get in to a glass bottom boat to see the underwater delights with the famous Hikkaduwa coral reef.
Galle the main attraction is the Dutch Fort, the 90-acre fort that was built in 1663 with houses built by the Dutch during their period of occupation of Sri Lanka from 1656 to 1796 AD remains to this day. Galle is also famous for its ebony elephant carvings, gems and exquisite hand-made lace which is a flourishing cottage industry. From Galle proceed down to the beautiful Bay of Unawatuna.
On the return journey make a stop at a turtle hatchery, where eggs collected with the help of the local fisherman are hatched and the young looked after before they are released to the ocean. A fee is charged to visit a hatchery and the funds collected are used for the conservation of the turtles.