Welcome to The West

South of Colombo’s chaos is a world that oscillates between the dancing devils of traditional Sri Lankan culture in Ambalangoda, the chic boutique hotels and uncluttered golden sands of Bentota and the slightly scrappy but ever-popular backpacker party town of Hikkaduwa.

Whichever part of the west coast you choose, a beach stay here makes for the perfect beginning or end to your Sri Lankan adventure.

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$40 Outdoor Activities

Muthurajawela Bird Watching Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Muthurajawela Marsh, Negombo, Western ProvinceYou will be picked up from your hotel in Negombo for a tour riding a TukTuk to Muthurajawela Wetland, and a bird watching tour by boat. Your TukTuk is a very typical form of public transport, part of the everyday street scene. On the TukTuk, you can sit and stretch out, protected from the sun, and rain, and with a great breeze. You will soon arrive at Muturajawela wetland marine sanctuary, famous for its mangroves, salt water crocodiles and avi fauna. You will take a boat ride through the vast Negombo lagoon. Extending over 6,000 acres and over 29,000, and rumored to provide home to over 40 species of migratory and 85 indigenous bird species. Mangrove forests that line the footpath are great places to observe birds as well as baby crocodiles and fiddler crabs. On completion of this visit, your TukTuk rider will take you back to the hotel.Duration: 3 hours

$90 Outdoor Activities

Lagoon Escapes Negombo Fishing Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Negombo Fish Market, Negombo, Western Province8:00 am - Pick up from your hotel in Negombo9:00 am - Visit Negombo fish market and buy your favorite fresh seafood to cook for your lunch in addition to the seafood we provide during the trip.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Negombo Lagoon, Negombo, Western Province10:00 am - Start boat tour in Negombo lagoon. Here you can engage with traditional and modern ways of fishing in lagoon. . Refreshment will be provided during the boat trip.12:30 pm – Live cooking of your lunch in on an Island in the lagoon which you can participate in. Rice and two grilled seafood items will be served, plus any additional seafood you may have purchases during your visit to the fish market.2:30 pm - Take a Catamaran ride with an experienced driver through the lagoon area while you relax and see the beautiful scenery.4:30 pm – End of the lagoon trip and drop you to the hotelDuration: 6 hours

$115 Day Trips & Excursions

Udawalawe Safari Private Day Trip from Bentota, Kalutara Areas

Morning Safari: • Early morning drive from your hotel to enter the park at around 6:45am • 3-hour Jeep safari at Udawalawe National Park • Depart at 11:00am • Stop for Lunch at Udawalawe • Return to hotel through the Moonstone Mine , • Drop off at your hotel at around 4:30pm Evening Safari: • Pickup from your hotel at 7.30am to depart for Udawalawe National Park • Stop for Lunch at Udawalawe • Arrive at 1:30pm for a 3-hour Jeep safari at Udawalawe National Park • Depart at 4:45pm • Return to hotel through the tropical village • Drop off at your hotel at around 8:30pm About Udawalawe National ParkUDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK is located approximately 200 km south-east of Colombo city and is a major eco tourism destination in Sri Lanka . The 30,821 hectares dry zone game park has an annual rainfall of 1524 mm and an average temperature of 29.4°C.It is most famous for the many elephants that live there (about 400 in total). During a visit, it is not unusual to see whole herds of adults and young elephants– feeding or bathing and playing in the water! In addition to this main attraction, the park is home to many water buffalo, water monitor lizards, sambar deer, monkeys and the occasional leopard, as well as being an exciting location for bird enthusiasts.A 4WD open-top safari is the only way to see all the wonders that this protected reserve has to offer and our experienced and knowledgeable nature guides will make this an unforgettable experience

$4.80 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Departure Transfer: Negombo City to Colombo Bandaranayake International Airport CMB BIA

Once you have completed your holiday in Sri Lanka and are ready to head back home, your friendly driver will meet you at your hotel in Negombo and drive you directly to the Bandaranayake International Airport (CMB) in Colombo. Whether you’re traveling individually, with a partner or in a group, your ground transport needs will be covered by this private transfer service. Avoid the confusion of taxis or public transport and enjoy a hassle-free ride. Airport departure transfers have never been this easy. Travel in style and comfort with unparalleled safety and board your flight in good time and great order. Your English-speaking chauffeur is always at your service.

$53 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Day Trip: Handungoda and Galle from Bentota

You will be starting your tour at 0800 hrs from your hotel in Bentota, where you will be picked up by your chauffeur. Ensure that you bring a packed breakfast with you if you are unable to have your meal at the hotel. (Travel time 2 ½ to 3 hrs)The first stop on your tour itinerary will be the Handunugoda Tea Factory which you will reach approximately 0930 hrs. Ceylon Tea has been highly sought after for centuries. However, this tea factory is famous for a different reason. The Handunugoda Tea Factory has reawakened the ancient Chinese tradition of creating Virgin White Tea which is untouched by human hands during the manufacturing process. During the one-and-a-half-hour tour of the factory, you will be getting to see how this mysterious process takes place to create one of the top most luxury teas of the world.At approximately 1100 hrs you will be travelling to Ahangama for a meet up with stilt fishermen, who are one of the most iconic figures of Sri Lanka. (Travel time 10 to 15 mins) You will be able to see them fishing and learn how they do it by speaking to one of the fishermen.Thereafter you will be leaving for Galle city at approximately 1230 hrs. Once you reach Galle, at 1315 hrs., you will be having lunch at a Local Restaurant.This coastal city has withstood three foreign invasions; during which time, it grew from a bustling port which was the main stop for ships travelling east, to a fortified and yet beautiful city with many monuments which have withstood the ravages of time. You will be able to view the Galle Fort which is a World Heritage Site, the Galle Lighthouse, the National Maritime Museum, the picturesque cobblestoned streets with their Dutch names, and many more colonial remnants. You will be finishing your city tour by approximately 1630 hrs and you will be returning to the hotel after this and complete your excursion by 1730 hrs.SKU: LK60030400

$51 Day Trips & Excursions

Kithulgala Private White Water Rafting Half-Day Tour

You will be picked up at your hotel at 7:00 am. Once you reach Kithulgala, you will be shown a safe place to keep your belongings as you can’t take them with you into the rapids. You will also be assigned an instructor who will show you the techniques to use as well as the necessary safety equipment and measures for rafting.After the presentation, you will be begin your rafting session. Enjoy the thrill of adventure as you whitewater raft down the rapids of a 5km stretch of the Kelani River. Bounce through the turbulent white waters with the confidence and protection offered by proper safety measures. Let you adrenaline rise as you are whirled through the foamy rapids in an experience you will never forget.Afterwards, you'll have some free time to enjoy an authentic Sri Lankan lunch (at own expense) if you wish, before your tour concludes.

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