Add dates

Southern Province, Sri LankaBeach trips

Our most recommended Southern Province, Sri Lanka Beach trips

Kandy, Pinnawala day trip from Bentota, Kalutara beach

1. Kandy, Pinnawala day trip from Bentota, Kalutara beach

Your one-day tour starts from Beach hotels on the west coast like Bentota Beach and Kalutara Beach and then relax in air-conditioned comfortable vehicle on the journey to Pinnawala elephant orphanage. The drive lasts around 2 hours. Later explore the spice/herbal garden with an indigenous plantation that produces spices such as cardamom, nutmeg, vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon and many hundreds of other spices and herbs. Later visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic to see the sacred tooth of Buddha, a symbol of status that proved the worthiness of the ancient kings of Sri Lanka. Admire the beautiful architecture of the palace and look at the golden figurines in the shrine. At Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage we guarantee that you witness a big herd of elephants that are in different ages. Then, explore some of the ancient crafts by traditional artisans, including gems, wood carving, and batik. Watch craft demonstrations and buy souvenir gifts before lunch at a local restaurant at your own expense. Continue to the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, and go for a stroll on the 147-acre grounds. See over 4,000 different species of plants, including an exclusive collection of orchids, spices, and medicinal plants. Learn the history of the 19th-century gardens, and see famous plants such as the cannonball tree, giant fig tree, and 40-meter-tall Burma bamboo.

From Bentota: Elephant Transit Camp and Udawalawe Safari

2. From Bentota: Elephant Transit Camp and Udawalawe Safari

See many dozens of wild elephants at close proximate to your safari jeep on the Udawalawe safari. You will never get so close to wild elephant-like in Udawalawe. Udawalawe national park is a haven for wildlife lovers, and it is one of the best places for watching elephants, crocodiles, monkeys, buffaloes, deer, and many other creatures. On your return journey visit the Elephant transit camp, where dozens of orphan elephants gather for feeding. Take a walk along the cobbled stone alleys of Galle Fort and discover medieval-period Dutch-styled constructions. Most buildings in this medieval city are now converted into restaurants, galleries, museums, hotels, and shops. Later stroll along the south coast beach and enjoy the refreshing sea breeze while taking a glimpse of endangered sea turtles. Round out the day with a visit to one of the island’s most famous mask-making cities, and learn about exquisite Sri Lankan masks for an activity-filled, full-day tour. Be picked up from your hotel in Bentota or Kalutara in the early morning and drive for around 3.5-hours to Udawalawe National Park. Get up close to spectacular wildlife as you spend 3-hours on a 4x4 jeep safari tour spotting a large array of wild animals in this animal sanctuary. Sightings include wild elephants, crocodiles, jackals, deer, buffalo, and sloth bears. The next stop is Galle Fort, a Dutch fortification and UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the houses, palaces, galleries, restaurants, cafes, and shops in this historically rich town. Take some time to look at the local stores and find typical Sri Lankan handmade products and souvenirs. From here, head to Unawatuna Beach. Enjoy a swim in the warm water or relax on the beach. Discover the cultural heritage of the island at Ambalangoda, a coastal town famous for its mask-making. Visit a mask museum and learn about the meaning of these colorful works of art and their role in traditional dance rituals and festivals. Pass by local fishing villages, harbors, and fish markets and be dropped off at your hotel between 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM.

2-Day Whale Watching & Southern Sri Lanka Tour

3. 2-Day Whale Watching & Southern Sri Lanka Tour

The sea off Mirissa between Galle and Matara is one of the best places in the world to see endangered blue whales. This two-day tour also gives you the opportunity to see some of the important places in the southern coastal belt such as Galle fort, Unawatuna beach, sea turtle hatchery and more. On day one, meet your tour representative and proceed to your hotel in Mirissa, En-route enjoy a Bentota and Galle sightseeing tour. Bentota beach is the most popular beach holiday destination in the island. Galle is one of the ancient sea ports of Sri Lanka and was an anchor point in the Silk Route. It was later discovered by the Portuguese where they built a fortress and the Dutch that succeeded them fortified it further. This fortress is today a World Heritage Site. During the Galle city tour, visit Galle Fort, Bentota Beach, Galle coastal area, Galle lighthouse, Kande Vihara, Cinnamon Island, a handicraft center and mask carving center. Visit a sea turtle hatchery project, spice garden at Matale where spices and herbs used for Sri Lankan cuisine and medication are grown. Then take a Madu Ganga boat ride to discover this Ramsar Wetland. Hikkaduwa Marine Sanctuary is the place where you can have a glimpse of the fascinating underwater world and see the creatures that inhabit the unfathomable depths of the sea. The famed coral gardens are located here. Just get hold of a glass bottomed boat or goggles and flippers and plunge into the ocean. Overnight stay in Mirissa  Day two is filled with whale-watching experiences. Miriissa off the southern Sri Lanka coast is one of the best-known places for the greatest wildlife spectacle on the planet – lunge-feeding humpback whales and blue whales. Groups of whales construct enormous circular fishing nets with bubbles to catch vast shoals of herring and then launch themselves high into the air with their mouths wide open. This activity is most prevalent from November to April, but can be observed throughout year. 

West coast Beach, River Mangroves lagoon, Wildlife boat Tour

4. West coast Beach, River Mangroves lagoon, Wildlife boat Tour

The tour starts from your hotel in Colombo or the west coast beach resort. You will be traveling along the beautiful west coast beaches while passing coconut plantations, fishing villages, and towns. You will be stopping at a few places at regular intervals. Your first stop will be at the sea turtle conservation center, where, you witness the sick and handicapped sea turtles are been treated. Later stop at Madu river for the mangrove lagoon tour. Mangroves Mangrove is one of the most important and fragile ecosystems in the world and they grow only in tropical countries such as Sri Lanka. This valuable forest cover is depleting all around the world, including in Sri Lanka, due to many factors such as climate change and human activities. Madu River estuary is a "RAMSAR wetland" and is declared a protected riverine forest. Boat safari Madu Ganga is one of the most important natural assets of Sri Lanka. It is located 70km south of Colombo on the Colombo-Galle main road. Madu Ganga is the second-largest wetland on the island, consisting of 28 islands. The number of families living on the islands is estimated to be around 250. Madu Ganga spreads over 915 hectares of wetland and harbors vast biodiversity and ecosystem. Madu Ganga wetland is fed by seven tributaries and forms the body of the wetland. The water runs through a course of land that spans 2300 hectares. It was declared a national sanctuary in 2006. A cruise on a modern motorboat is the best way to explore the natural wealth of Madu Ganga, the islands in the wetland are largely inaccessible by road. The inhabitants are also using boats and more often paddle boats as the means of transport. This tour offers a particularly appealing boat trip around Madu Ganga. The Ramsa Wetland is one of the most visited natural attractions of Sri Lanka’s west coast, with riverscapes amongst quiet thick grown islands and mangrove forests with sites of immense natural interest. There are plenty of opportunities to spot fascinating wildlife in the aquatic environment, throughout the tour. The most important asset of the fragile ecosystem of Madu Ganga is its mangrove forests. These mangrove forests provide protection for a large number of aquatic bird, animal, and plant species. The ecosystem in Madu Ganga is the home of many different kinds of aquatic plants, crabs, shrimp, fish, insects, amphibians, and other animal life including crocodiles. While on the boat tour you'll visit one of the oldest temples on the west coast of Sri Lanka, located on a secluded island. You will also get a chance to visit the mask museum and see hundreds of ancient masks and learn about their history, folklore, and use in rituals. You'll also visit a sea turtle conservation center run by volunteers. Learn about why Sri Lanka is a prime turtle nesting site and how important it is for turtle conservation. Before your tour is over, you'll get to enjoy a leisurely stroll on Bentota beach, one of the nicest beaches on the west coast. Buddhist temple, Bentota beach, spice herbal garden, Mask museum After the mangrove lagoon tour, you will be visiting the mask museum and mask carving center. Later visit Bentota beach spice and herbal garden and your tour ends with a visit to one of the most sacred Buddhist temples on the west coast.

From Colombo: Hikkaduwa Village Tour with Boat Ride & BBQ

5. From Colombo: Hikkaduwa Village Tour with Boat Ride & BBQ

Start your tour from Colombo at 9:00am where you will begin the 2 to 3 hour drive to Hikkaduwa. Stop on the way at Kosgoda where you will visit a sea turtle farm run by a non-governmental organization and maintained by volunteers. Next, visit the Ariyapala Mask Museum where you can learn about ancient masks and their part in ancient rituals, followed by the Mask Factory where you will see how these masks are brought to life through the hard work of artisans. After this, you will visit a family run gem and jewellery store and find various items at very affordable rates. Then, visit the agriculture and coir industry of Hikkaduwa, meeting a family that makes various products using coir and see the hard work they put in to make various valuable items. A very important ecological asset of the region is the Hikkaduwa lagoon. Take a boating trip on which you will discover the many avian fauna species of the region. Next up, visit one of the oldest Buddhist temples in the area. The temple is virtually free of tourists and mostly frequented by the local people. Here you can learn all about Buddhism with our local guide. After a busy day full of discovery head to Hikkaduwa beach to have a leisurely stroll and take in the sunset. Taste the most popular Sri Lankan alcoholic drink, Arrack, distilled from 100% coconut syrup.  End your tour with a barbecue dinner, consisting of fish bought from the nearby fishing harbour.

From Western Province: 2-Day Hill Country Highlights Trip

6. From Western Province: 2-Day Hill Country Highlights Trip

This 2 days Sri Lanka tour is planned with some of the most interesting activities such as the hill country blue train ride, wildlife safari of Udawalawe national park, watching sea turtles in the sea off Hikkaduwa, visiting the hill country resort of Ella, guided walking tour to explore the Galle fort, Visiting scenic tea plantations, Visiting tea factory in Nuwara Eliya and watching beautiful waterfalls. The tour covers the most scenic Sri Lanka hill country, west coast beaches, and south coast wildlife park and you will be able to see the highest peak of Sri Lanka, Pidurutalagala and the beautiful city of Nuwara Eliya. Start your trip from the beach and travel to the highest city in Sri Lanka which sits 2800 meters above sea level. Day 1 The 2 days tour kicks off from your hotel on the west coast and you travel along the scenic west coast beach of Sri Lanka. First, stop at Hikkaduwa beach to see the sea turtles coming to the shores of Hikkaduwa. later proceed to Galle fort and take part in a guided walk within the fort to see the well-preserved building and monuments built during the medieval time. After visiting Galle fort drive to Udawalawe national park, where yuo will do a safari to see a large herd of wild elephants and many other animals such as crocodiles, wild buffalo, deer, wild boar, mungo, monitors, monkeys and many species of birds. Dinner and overnight stay in Ella Day 2 After breakfast at 08.45 AM, leave for Ella railway station. You will be guided to your seats in the hill country train by your guide. The hill country train journey lasts about 2 hor 30 minutes and covers the most scenic part of the hill country train ride in Sri Lanka. You will be collected by your guide upon reaching the Nanu Oya railway station. Later drive to a scenic tea plantation and factory in Nuwara Eliya, en-route stop at Gregory lake esplanade. The tea factory visit lasts about 1 hour and afterwards proceed to your hotel on the west coast. End of the tour

Galle and Dambulla Day Tour Colombo

7. Galle and Dambulla Day Tour Colombo

Embark on a Captivating Day Tour in Galle, Unveiling History and Natural Wonders Join us on an extraordinary day tour departing from Colombo, immersing yourself in the historical grandeur and captivating attractions of Galle. Our SEO-friendly approach ensures maximum visibility on search engines, making it easier for travelers to discover this unique experience. Discover the Enchanting Madu River on a Magical Boat Ride Experience the enchantment of the Madu River with a mesmerizing boat ride. This pristine wetland estuary spans over 900 hectares, housing 64 islands, 770 hectares of water, and a captivating mangrove forest. As one of Sri Lanka's last untouched wetlands, it is protected by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, ensuring its preservation for future generations. During the boat ride, glide through lush mangrove forests and witness their majestic beauty. Pass through whimsical forest tunnels as they gracefully curve towards the watercourse. This journey allows you to delve into the complex ecosystem of the Madu River, a world heritage site that boasts a remarkable biodiversity. Explore hundreds of species of birds, plants, fish, and animals that call this place home. An Array of Unique Experiences Await in Galle Our day tour of Galle offers an abundance of unique experiences that will leave you with cherished memories. Begin by quenching your thirst with a refreshing King Coconut Water. From there, embark on a visit to a Buddhist Monastery, where you can immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere and learn about the monks' way of life. For a truly memorable and therapeutic encounter, indulge in a playful 'fish therapy' session at the fish spa. Sit back and relax as the fish gently nibble on your feet, providing a delightful and rejuvenating experience. If your day tour extends into the evening, you'll have the chance to witness a captivating sight. Watch as local fishermen light lanterns on their canoes, preparing their traps to catch prawn and other shellfish. This mesmerizing display showcases the fishing traditions passed down through generations. Turtle Hatchery and Stilt Fishermen: Nature's WondersFollowing your exciting Madu River boat trip, embark on a scenic drive to Galle, making a stop at a nearby Turtle Hatchery. This conservation center is dedicated to protecting and preserving various species of sea turtles. Here, you can learn about the importance of turtle conservation and witness these magnificent creatures up close. If desired, you can even participate in the heartwarming experience of releasing a baby turtle into the vast ocean, contributing to their survival in the wild.Continuing the journey, proceed to Koggala, where you will witness Sri Lanka's most iconic stilt fishermen. These skillful individuals perch atop poles planted in the shallow waters of the Indian Ocean, patiently waiting for their daily catch. This unique fishing method has become a symbol of Sri Lanka's coastal heritage and offers a remarkable photo opportunity. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Galle Market, located in the heart of the town. Here, local fishermen proudly sell their bountiful catches, showcasing the fresh and diverse seafood available in the region. The bustling market provides a glimpse into the local culture and offers the chance to taste some of the finest seafood dishes. Explore the Marvels of Galle Fort, a Living UNESCO World Heritage Site Conclude your day tour with a leisurely stroll through the remarkable Galle Fort, a living testament to Sri Lanka's rich history. This fortified city, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, has withstood the test of time, preserving its colonial charm and architectural beauty. Enter through the grand main entrance, adorned with the carved logo of the British monarch and the VOC symbol of the Dutch East India Company. As you step inside, you'll be greeted by the majestic stone walls that have witnessed centuries of history. Take a walk along the ramparts, allowing you to admire the panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and the surrounding landscape. The fort is home to numerous Dutch colonial villas, each with its unique charm and character. These historic buildings provide a glimpse into the colonial era, evoking a sense of nostalgia and intrigue. Make sure to visit the iconic clock tower, a symbol of Galle's past, and explore the Old Dutch Hospital, which has been transformed into a vibrant shopping and dining precinct. A highlight of your visit will be the Dutch Reformed Church, an architectural gem that showcases the influence of Dutch colonialism. Step inside to appreciate the intricate details and serene ambiance of this historic place of worship. Don't miss the opportunity to marvel at the oldest breadfruit tree in the country. Believed to be over 200 years old, this majestic tree stands tall, providing shade and adding to the fort's unique charm.What sets Galle Fort apart is its living, breathing nature. As you explore the narrow streets and alleys, you'll encounter a vibrant multi-ethnic community that thrives within the fort's walls. Visit the Maritime Museum to learn about Galle's maritime history and its significance as a trading port. Discover the Galle Temple, an oasis of tranquility amidst the bustling fort. Antique shops and boutiques offer a treasure trove of unique finds, allowing you to bring a piece of Galle's heritage home with you.Embark on this captivating day tour, blending history, natural wonders, and cultural immersion. With our SEO-friendly approach, we aim to make your journey easier to find and ensure that your Galle experience becomes a cherished memory. Book your tour now and let us guide you through the wonders of this captivating destination.

Galle Fort & Bentota Beach Day Tour From Colombo

8. Galle Fort & Bentota Beach Day Tour From Colombo

Clients will be pick up from Colombo transfer to Bentota ,client will be able do water sports at Bentata river ( Ex. Jet-sky, Banana boat ) at your own expense, This is the river that dividing Western Province & Southern Provence.  Next heading to Turtle Hatchery and touch baby Turtle , release then to the sea.       After Turtles transfer to enjoy Madu Ganga river boat safari , In this boat safari you will explore some extinct animal and fish , Aquatic plants & nice mangroves .  Also you will be able to have fish foot massage in the middle of the river ( payment direct by client )      Then visit Mithiyagoda  Moonstone Mine , you can experience the real miming process of Moonstone & aslo yon purchase real Moonstone half price in any wear else because it is a real factory . In the world there are few place have Moonstone. Mithiyagoda is one an only place in Sri Lanka.       Then departure to lunch at Hikkaduwa on the  Beach Restaurant can enjoy sea food as you wish at your own expense. If clients want can do Snorkeling or Scuba diving to enjoy sea Corals and fish.      Ater departure to Galle Dutch fort and explore all places at UNESCO heritage site of Galle Dutch Fort . Also you will be able to get stunning views at Galle Dutch fort. Aslo the sun set . After that return back to Colombo. Clients will be drop at same pick-up location.

Colombo/Negombo: Galle, Bentota, and Hikkaduwa Day Trip

9. Colombo/Negombo: Galle, Bentota, and Hikkaduwa Day Trip

Your tour begins as you are picked up from your Colombo hotel to be transferred to Bentota. Once there you will enjoy some water sports, before taking a river safari down the beautiful Madu River. This river is a wetland estuary spreading over 900 hectares of which 770 hectares are covered with water and inhabited with 64 islands. This boat ride is a wonderful way to take a closer look at this complex wetland ecosystem, which is a UNESCO-listed site. The area is also protected by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands as one of the last wetlands in Sri Lanka to contain a pristine mangrove forest. Once having explored the wetlands, you will transfer to Kosgoda to visit a turtle hatchery where you will see various breeds of sea turtles. Lunch at a recommended restaurant will follow before you transfer to Meetiyagoda, where you will visit the Moonstone Mine and workshop. Following the mine, you'll head to Hikkaduwa Beach to visit the Galle Dutch fort, which was first built in 1588 by the Portuguese. It was later extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century, and in the modern age has become UNESCO-listed. At the conclusion of your cultural experience, you will transfer back to Colombo.

From Bentota: 2-Day Tour to Wild Wonders and Galle Fort

10. From Bentota: 2-Day Tour to Wild Wonders and Galle Fort

Day 1: Bentota-Weherahena-Yala Upon starting your journey at 4:00 AM from your hotel in Bentota, you will be met by your designated chauffeur guide. After exchanging formalities at your hotel, you will be escorted to your air-conditioned vehicle in which you will proceed to Yala. En-route, visit the Mirissa fisheries harbor, and partake in a whale watching tour. Whale watching in Mirissa is one of the most sought-after activities in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is one of the best places to spot blue whales after a short period of time from the harbor. Mirissa is one of the best places to see not only blue whales but also sperm whales and dolphins. Visit Weherahena Poorwarama Raja Maha Viharaya is situated in the Matara District of Sri Lanka, about 6 kilometers from Matara town. This unique temple is known as the first tunnel temple in the world. The temple hosts a massive 130-foot Buddha image that was built following the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa eras. It also consists of all the main features of a Buddhist temple, such as the pagoda, a sacred bo-tree and a Samadhi Buddha statue. Following this tour, you will proceed to Yala National Park, one of the best national parks in the world to spot leopards. Here you find a large concentration of leopards in a small geographical area. Yala is home to many species of wild animals such as leopards, elephants, crocodiles, and monkeys.  Day 2: Yala-Galle-Hikkaduwa Early in the morning, you will proceed to Yala National Park to go on a lovely jeep safari. Yala National Park is the second largest on this island based off the southeastern coast of Sri Lanka. You will get a chance to see the famous Sri Lankan leopards, indigenous wild water buffalo, Sri Lankan Sloth Bears and large herds of Sri Lankan Elephants. The park is also home to many other species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. Later, visit the Galle Fortress and Hikkaduwa Beach. Galle Fortress is the best preserved Dutch fort in Asia, and it is one of the 7 UNESCO world heritage sites on the island. The Dutch Fort is a fortified city built in the 1600's and is home to hundreds of houses, palaces, shops, churches, museums, bars, pubs, hotels and much much more. On completion of this day, you will begin your journey back to your hotel in Hikkaduwa.

Available activities

11 activities found
Sort by:

Frequently asked questions about Southern Province, Sri Lanka Beach trips

What are other things to do than Beach trips that are worth visiting in Southern Province, Sri Lanka?

The other unmissable things to do in Southern Province, Sri Lanka are:

Which Southern Province, Sri Lanka Beach trips are taking additional COVID-19 precautions?

Other Sightseeing Options in Southern Province, Sri Lanka

Want to discover all there is to do in Southern Province, Sri Lanka? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Southern Province, Sri Lanka

Great praise, the driver was very nice and the tour was very interesting