This full day excursion to Southern Scenery will be an exciting one for sure. We have managed to offer you an itinerary that covers a few important and interesting destinations in the South. You could visit a mask factory en-route which is the perfect way to experience local arts and crafts. Galle is one of Sri Lanka’s most important Southern towns. In 1587 the Portuguese annexed Galle from its Sinhala Kings and built its first fortress naming it “Santacrusz”. Nowadays its old world charm appeals as one of the most frequented tourist destinations in the South of Sri Lanka. The reason being, it looks back to 500 years of nurture under Sinhala, Portuguese, Dutch and British stewardship. On your return, you can visit a Turtle Hatchery and the Moonstone Mine in Meethiyagoda. Moonstone is found within an acre of land believed by the locals to have been blessed by the moon. The moonstone is known as a semi-precious gem of Sri Lanka that possesses unique qualities relating to the moon. In 1981 the Wildlife Protection Society established the famous Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery to protect Sri Lanka‘s sea turtles from extinction. You can see huge tanks filled with new born turtles there.

Ambalangoda Masks

If you are travelling towards Galle, you will happen to be in a town where you will see mostly fearsome looking masks on display at shops lining the road. Ambalangoda is famous for carving of masks used in exorcism ceremonies, puppetry and several other forms of dance-drama. Ambalangoda is a place of adventure and discovery than rest and luxury. It has a long wild beach you can explore all to yourself, and this gives you a feeling of seclusion hard to find on this coast.

Ambalangoda is a large, bustling market town with stalls selling anything from fresh fish to fruit and vegetables. You should visit Ambalangoda for its beach, its location, and for its history of mask carving and dance. The sandy beach is a good distance from the main road and is packed with colourful catamarans and fishing boats representing the main livelihood of its masses. It is great for exploring and witnessing Sri Lankan daily life.

Ambalangoda is most well-known for mask making and as a centre for south coast traditional dancing. Masks are created for three different types of dancing rituals: kolam, which tell mocking stories of traditional Sri Lankan colonial life, sanni, or devil dancing masks, used in a type of exorcism ceremony to heal people of persisting illnesses believed to be inflicted by demons, and Raksha masks, which are used in festivals and processions. Ambalangoda is also known for hand-woven cotton, finely carved wooden doors, and screens and lintels. Branching out of town, there are some interesting excursions you can take.

Pickup from Colombo Hotel 6.00am & Back to hotel Evening.