Galle Coast

Tea Tasting Experience  

Meet your host early morning or late afternoon and walk amongst rolling hills of tea bushes guided past verdant leaves. Hear of the intricacies of tea growth, its history in Sri Lanka and look out for plants and wildlife such as peacocks, lemongrass and versatile jackfruit. In the morning you are more likely to see brightly clad pickers hypnotically selecting leaves by hand from hidden paths between bushes. Down in the factory, witness the next steps in the leaf’s passage to your cup as leaves transform from jade to brown. Follow the flow of the leaves and pinafore clad ladies, enveloped by the unmistakable smell of tea at each stage.

 

A Taste of the East

Galle was once a trading hub for Arab merchants and with them came many
dishes, perhaps most quintessential is Biryani. Often served at Muslim family celebrations and festivities, Biryani comprises side dishes such as raita, cashew curry, Malay pickle, curried peas and meats and other spiced vegetables that accompany flavoured rice. This lesson in your host’s own kitchen is authentic and fun as you join her daughters to craft a meal which you will all sit down and eat together as a family.

 

Guided tour of the Galle Fort

Your host is a fifth generation resident of Galle, who has spent much of his growing years learning about the ins and outs of the Galle Fort. A descendant from a family who have been welcoming travelers from all parts of the world to the island, your host has many tales to share about the past as well as the present. A charismatic personality with an eye for photography, he is fluent in all three languages of Sri Lanka, Sinhala, Tamil and English and is keen on helping people connect with the island.

 

Bikes Boats and Bites

Your journey begins with a boat ride down the Kapu Ela River, accompanied by
a local naturalist with extensive knowledge on local bird and reptile life. Sit back, and enjoy the ride past river banks, through canals, under bridges and by local village hamlets and their children. See Grey fish eagles swoop by, water monitors lazily cling to low branches or zip through the waters in search of lunch. Your journey takes you through rubber and cinnamon plantations, and even a few low bushes of tea. Finish floating by small mounds of coconut husk drying up in the sun; from which coir rope comes to life. From here you will mount your bike and begin a 9km breath-taking ride through rural Galle and the heart of the south. Whizz by paddy fields and through small villages, past humble markets and end up at a cool mud hut for refreshing herbal teas and traditional fresh hoppers straight from the fire. From here you can choose to ride back to a pickup point or be driven back to the drop off point.

 

Cinnamon Experience

After watching the cinnamon peelers at work and maybe even having a go yourself, follow the journey of cinnamon leaves and surplus wood from furnace to steaming and condensation to oil separation and filtering. Your host has developed bespoke systems with his team, leaving nothing to waste. Your time on the estate culminates in a journey to your host’s charming home, with views across jungle and hills to the southern coastline. Relax with him, his wife and their friendly dogs over refreshments or a sumptuous lunch prepared by their excellent cook, Nadi. Cinnamon is of course featured on the menu!

 

Curry at Kikili

Take a hands-on cooking class in the bright surroundings of Kikili House, a cosy, colourful property just five minutes from Galle Fort. After meeting your host, the chef, who will be demonstrating how to cook various traditional Sri Lankan curries, you will leave the cheerfully-decorated Kikili and take a short tuk tuk ride to the Galle market. Here you will see rice and spices tumbling out of woven sacks, vibrant, unusual vegetables stacked high on stalls, and sample some of the many delicious tropical fruits on offer. Your host will select the ingredients needed for the cooking class, describing the taste of anything you have not seen before and explaining how it is used in local dishes. After exploring the market, head back to Kikili House and join your host in preparing a wide range of Sri Lankan curries. Finally, sit down and enjoy your delicious lunch. Why not try to eat with your hand like the locals do?

 

 

Fort Photography

There is no place in Sri Lanka as impressive, vibrant and photogenic as the
UNESCO World heritage Galle Fort. Frequented by merchants and traders from across the globe for centuries, the fort’s web of cobbled streets radiate charm and are home to a mix of boutique shops, art galleries, courtyard restaurants and heritage architecture set against the dramatic backdrop of the Indian Ocean. Take a photography walk of the fort with one of Sri Lanka’s most up and coming young travel photographers, for a unique opportunity to hone your camera skills and walk away with some great snaps. The photographer’s instructional guidance is suitable for anyone with an interest in photography, offering you insider access to the people and places within the fort.

 

Galle Fort Treasure Hunt

There is no place in Sri Lanka as impressive, vibrant and photogenic as the
UNESCO World heritage Galle Fort. Frequented by merchants and traders from across the globe for centuries, the fort’s web of cobbled streets radiate charm and are home to a mix of boutique shops, art galleries, courtyard restaurants and heritage architecture set against the dramatic backdrop of the Indian Ocean. Take a photography walk of the fort with one of Sri Lanka’s most up and coming young travel photographers, for a unique opportunity to hone your camera skills and walk away with some great snaps. The photographer’s instructional guidance is suitable for anyone with an interest in photography, offering you insider access to the people and places within the fort.

 

Whale Watching Mirissa

Whale and dolphin watching in Mirissa is one of the most exciting water activities you can do in Sri Lanka during your holiday.
Mirissa is the best place to start your whale and dolphin watching tour in Sri Lanka. We also able to arrange a private boat for you as well.

 

Mask Making

Masks are used more for performance and ritual in modern day Sri Lanka but their past is rooted in ancient beliefs and the ideology that they have healing and protective powers. Learn the fascinating and age-old techniques from your host in Kolam where masks are usually made from a light wood called “Kaduru”. Follow your host’s guidance and observe his techniques as together you mould your creation using traditional and sustainable resources such as recycled paper, kithul (treacle), kurundu (cinnamon), clay, broken tiles, bees wax and even cow dung!

 

Lunuganga Gardens Tour

Lunuganga Estate was the country home of the renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. Started in 1947, the garden led Bawa, a lawyer called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1940, to decide to become an architect. As he went on to become Sri Lanka’s and one of Asia’s most prolific and influential architects, the garden at the Lunuganga estate remained his first muse and experimental laboratory for new ideas. He continued to change and experiment with its spaces and structures throughout his life until his final illness in 1998. Left to the Lunuganga Trust on his demise in 2003, the gardens are now open to the public and the buildings on the estate are run as a country house hotel. Lunch or tea may be arranged as part of the garden visit.

 

Tuk Tuk Safari 

You will be Picked up from your hotel and taken to the following,

  1. Authentic homemade Lunch experience
  2. Stilt fishermen
  3. Koggala beach
  4. Spice Garden –  Sri Lankan spices plantation
  5. Sea Turtle rehabilitation farm & hatchery
  6. Pease pagoda and Jungle beach
  7. Authentic local snack – Coconut Rotti
  8. Drop off at hotel.


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