Galle Dutch Fort Tour
6 km away from Villa Ocean Dew.Galle Fort, in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance, due to extensive reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka.
The fort has a colourful history, and today has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population.The Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world.The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria iv, for its unique exposition of “an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries.”
Whale Watching Mirissa
The seas around Mirissa offer the chance to see Blue Whales in concentrations not seen elsewhere in the world. Blue Whales do not move in groups like Sperm Whales for example. However, off the south coast they gather for feeding, with mothers often seen with calves. On our trips recently we had at least six, possibly ten individuals, within a quadrat of half a kilometer square. A concentration of blue whales of this nature is something which whale watchers can only dream about.
We can arrange a Whale watching tour or can also offer Whale watching extensions to your general naturalist holiday in Sri Lanka.
Yala National Park Safari
Yala National Park is the most popular and second largest wild safari in Sri lanka. Enjoy a safari jeep ride while exploring all the exotic plants and animals.
We will pick you up at Villa Ocean Dew in the early morning by 4:00 a.m. and transfer to Thissamaharama (approx. 3 hours). In the early morning, you will have a better chance to see wild animals. Travel to Yala National Park by safari Jeeps and start your adventure to discover exotic plants and animals. Start heading back to Galle by 1.00pm and en-route have lunch in Thissamaharama. You have an option to stop by WauruKannala Temple and spend 45 minutes there. Arrive in Galle by 6.00pm and we will transfer back to Villa Ocean Dew.
Singharaja Rain forest
The Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a hilly virgin rain forest. It is a treasure trove of endemic species, including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Because of the dense vegetation, wildlife is not easily seen here. The commonest larger mammal is the endemic Purple-faced Langur.
An interesting phenomenon is that birds tend to move in mixed feeding flocks, invariably led by the fearless Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and the noisy Orange-billed Babbler. Of Sri Lanka’s 26 endemic birds, the 20 rainforest species all occur here, including the elusive Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal and Sri Lanka Blue Magpie.