Private Day Tour: Lunuganga, Madu River And Kosgoda From Negombo
OverviewThe first place you will visit is the strange and yet beautiful Lunuganga estate that was once the home of Sir Geoffrey Bawa. The next place for your perusal is the highly engaging Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. Finally you will visit Balapitiya for the ultimate experience, the Madu River Safari.SKU: LK60050500
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Your chauffeur will pick up from your hotel by 0800 hrs. You will arrive Bentota by approximately 1000 hrs (Travel time 1 to 2 hrs). Ensure that you bring packed breakfast with you, if you are unable to have your meal at the hotel.
The first item in your itinerary will be Bawas estate in Lunuganga. Sir Geoffrey Bawa, the much-renowned lawyer turned architect, made the estate his country home from 1947 till his death in 1998. During his sojourn there he used the place as his experiment lab and made many architectural and interior additions. While visiting the estate you will get to see the beautifully designed gardens that are now open to the public. Some of the buildings of the estate are also now a country house hotel. The tour of the estate approximately takes two hours.
Thereafter proceed to Kosgoda by approximately 1200 hrs and visit Turtle Hatchery. (Travel Time 15 to 20 mins)
Here, you will be spending 30 to 40 minutes getting to know about sea turtles and their conservation. The best part of the hatchery is the touch pools, deep tubs of seawater with baby sea turtles swimming in them. Visitors are allowed to pick up and handle then to some extent. There are also fully matured sea turtles of different kinds, receiving treatment for various ailments or wounds.
After that proceed to Balapitiya by 1300 hrs. (Travel Time 20 to 30 mins) En-route you may stop and have lunch at place of your choice. (At your own expense). Thereafter at by approximately 1430 hrs go on a lovely Boat Safari Madu River.
Balapitiya is a little southern town lying in marshy wetlands. The area is a high bio diversity zone that relies on the lagoon created by Madu River as it flows into the Indian Ocean. Your safari will take you on a ride down the river. You will get to see the dense mangrove forest that grows along the marshy banks of the river and the forms of wildlife that call the roots home. Your guide will also take you some of the larger freestanding islands on Madu River. On one such island, you will find an old Buddhist monastery. Cinnamon harvesting is the main employment of the people of this area.
Another attraction of the safari is the famous fish massage. This massage parlor is a hut standing on stilts in the middle of the river. A netted in area contains the massage fish. You will be sitting on the deck of the hut with your feet in the water, while the fish work their magic.
After this relaxing boat tour, your will be returning to Colombo by 1530 hrs. You will get back to your hotel at 1730 hrs completing the tour.
Inclusions for Private Day Tour: Lunuganga, Madu River And Kosgoda From Negombo
- Hotel pickup and drop-off.
- Transportin an air-conditioned vehicle.
- English-speaking guide
- Entrance Fees to Lunuganga Estate and Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery.
- 1 Boat Safari in Madu River.
- 1 Literwater bottle per person.
Exclusions for Private Day Tour: Lunuganga, Madu River And Kosgoda From Negombo
- Gratuities (optional).
- Food and drinks.
- Entrance fees where not specified.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Adult pricing applies to all travelers
A maximum of 8 people per booking
Depending on the road traffic conditions allocated time will differ.
A first-hand view of the home of one of the most famous architects of Sri Lanka
Gain more knowledge about Sea turtles
Engaging touch pools with a chance to hold and feed sea turtles
A chance to enjoy the high bio-diversity wetlands of Balapitiya and see animals, birds and plants that call it home
A chance to visit a free-range fish massage parlor
An opportunity to buy fresh cinnamon right from where it is harvested.
- If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
- If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
- If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
- Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
- Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.