Hidden places, fantastic routes
We start our tour at 8.30 am for Morning Departure. At the tour operator’s house, you will be provided with welcome and tour information, bottled water, leech socks. We drive you from our office 18 km, a 30 minutes drive.
After a short briefing we do transport you by Tuk Tuk to local village where we begin our hiking tour. We meet our local guide over there. Walking over local village you will arrive at the tea plantation and begin the hike to the top of the hills that will take approximately 2 to 3 hours where you will be able to see small waterfall fresh water fed from the Hayare rainforest.
The stop on this hike will be at a collecting pool that forms at the base of a waterfall! People usually take their time here and cool off in the refreshing waters.
After exploring the waterfalls by both land and water, we get back to local village from waterfall that will take 30 minute enjoy a healthy local lunch from local house. Dry off from your time in the water before finishing your hike. A Tuk Tuk will transport you back along the Hayare to your departure point.
This hiking journey begins in 18 km away from Unawatuna beach, walking over village of East Side of Hayare rainforest trough narrow path - prepared to get your sneakers or boots dirty. This height provides the most mesmerizing view surrounding area. After 3 hours up to a small waterfall you can enjoy a dip in a place that very few non Sri Lankans have been before.
We start our tour at 7.30 am for Morning Departure or 2.30 pm for Afternoon Departure. At the tour operator’s house, you will be provided with welcome and tour information, bottled water, leech socks. We drive you from our office to Kottawa is 14.3 km, a 30 minutes drive.
After a short briefing we do transport you by Tuk Tuk to Kottawa. You meet your nature guide over there. Enter the nature reserve of Kottawa there are over 170 tree species identified in the area of which about 100 species are endemics to Sri Lanka. 70 bird species have also been recorded, including 12 endemics. It is also a good place to sport some of the island’s beautiful butterflies, as well as the Purple-Faced Leaf Monkey, Toque Macaque and Giant Squirrel, which dominate the forest canopy. The unpolluted streams that traverse the forest harbor a variety of fish including many endemic species. A main pathway running through the arboretum, sign posts and benches to rest makes this patch of rainforest suitable even for families with children to explore.
Kottawa Forest Reserve (Arboretum), which is situated about 19 km northeast of Galle, is a small (15-hectare), isolated patch of low country rainforest displaying all of the features of a typical wet evergreen rainforest. This small rainforest arboretum is ideal for bird watching and learning about biodiversity conservation. More than 70 species of birds including 12 endemics such as the Yellow breasted Barbet and Grey Hornbill have been spotted here. The Arboretum is also home to numerous species of butterflies, the Purple-faced Leaf Monkey, Toque Monkey and Giant Squirrels. There are also more than 170 varieties of tropical foliage, more than half endemic to Sri Lanka. A main pathway running through the arboretum, sign posts and benches to rest makes this patch of rainforest suitable even for families with children to explore.
We recommend doing this walk earlier in the morning or in the evening to avoid midday heat. We start our Galle Fort walk old Dutch gate you meet your experienced English speaking local guide. Galle Fort covers an area of 52 hectares (130 acres) and the important heritage monuments in the fort includes the Dutch Reformed Church with its historic belfry dated 1707 and cast in 1709 that rings every hour, the old Dutch government house, the residence of the Commander, Great Warehouse near the Old Gate built around 1669 to store spices and ship equipment that is now National Maritime Museum, the Old Dutch Hospital, the Meera Mosque built in 1904, the Buddhist temple built at the site of Portuguese Roman Catholic church, the All Saints Anglican Church built in 1871, the 1882 Clock Tower and the 1939 Galle Lighthouse and many more to see. It usually takes a full day to explore Galle Fort properly, but by walk we should be able to carry out in a leisurely and relaxing manner.
Galle is the administrative capital of Southern Province and the fourth largest city in Sri Lanka. Before the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century, Galle was the main port on the island and has reached the height of its development in the 18th century during the Dutch colonial period. Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by the Portuguese in South and Southeast Asia that shows the interaction between Portuguese architectural styles and native traditions. The Galle fort is a world heritage site and is the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers.