With this trip we would like to bring you a little bit closer to the country, where relaxation should not be neglected.
After breakfast we will go to a turtle farm in Kosgoda. In Sri Lanka, 5 of the 8 most famous sea turtle species live. The fishermen of the area bring the eggs to the station and cash a small Obulus.
In the bamboo groves of the farm, the eggs, which are not unlike a table tennis ball, are then "baked". In the warm sand the eggs mature up to 65 days (leatherback turtles), then to the "swimming school", where every day many tourists like the lively activity. When the fins are strong enough, the small swimmers then enter their dangerous way into the Indian Ocean.
Next, take a boat ride through the Madu Lagoon. On the shore you can observe water-wilderness, crocodiles and various bird species. On a small island in the middle of the lagoon, we visit a Sinhala family who soften coconut shells on a patched field to spin the coveted ropes. Furthermore, the cinnamon garden, where cinnamon is extracted from the plants. We pass mangrove forests that grow out of the water. The lagoon consists of 64 small islands.
The next station is the moonstone mine in Mitiyagoda, where the stone-bearing sand layer is pulled up from a 18-m deep shaft by a windlass.
The silt is then sieved in a water trough in a shaker sieve.
From the stone remaining in the sieve, a "specialist" then searches the moon stones and sorts them according to white and blue.
Afterwards we will go to the old colonial town of Galle in the south of Sri Lanka. There we visit the fortress built in 1663 by the Dutch. It belongs to the world cultural heritage. It is the largest preserved fortress in South Asia and shows an interaction between European and Asian architecture. Prior to colonialization, Galle was a major seaport. Persians, Arabs, Greeks, Romans, Malayans, and Indians drove brisk trade here. In 1640, the Portuguese capitulated here before the
Dutch, who made Galle the seat of the Governor of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and thus the capital of Dutch - Ceylon.
The British, who took over the country from the Dutch in 1796, use the fort as a local administrative center. In Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, they established a larger seaport, which left the port of Galle its outstanding importance. After consultation with the tour guide, you can discover Galle on your own.
In the afternoon we will reach the beautiful beach of Unawatuna, where you will spend the rest of the day before returning to our guest house in the evening.