The Kanneliya rainforest is Sri Lanka's lesser known forest reserve, with two of Sri Lanka's main rivers running through it and a diverse range of wildlife living within its thick canopy. Neatly tucked away just 35km away from Galle, the forest reserve also houses around 78 villages. Your tracker is from one of these forest reserve villages and his spent his entire lifetime living within the reserve. He will walk you through the forest, pointing out any animal sightings along the way. Stop for a drink and a piece of cake along the way at a beautiful waterfall, and then finish up with lunch served at a table in the shallows of an idyllic lake, cooked by your tracker's wife.
Start with a trek through the rainforest with your tracker, whose home is on the edges of the forest reserve itself. Expect to see plenty of birdlife, perhaps a few monkeys, some unique bugs and creepy crawleys, and maybe even some snakes. The rainforest provides a lush habitat for a wide range of flora and fauna. If you're feeling adventurous you can even crawl through a cave underneath the rainforest floor!
Take a quick break for a Milo and a piece of cake at a beautiful and fairly isolated waterfall. The water tends to be a little rough but strong swimmers might want to take a quick dip. It's also a great place to dip your feet in the water as you take a short break.
Finish the walk with a hearty authentic Sri Lankan lunch of rice and curry, cooked by your tracker's wife in their nearby home and served onto a table inside one of the large lakes running through the forest. The scenery in the area is straight out of the Jungle Book. If the event of rain the lunch will be served at a nearby home overlooking the lake, with a rope swing in the garden leading on to the lake that will provide endless fun for children.
Verdant green paddy fields, sun dappled mangrove river banks, villagers bathing and children playing. An abundance of wildlife and learn about the endemic species only found in Sri Lanka. Observe village communities at work, and the gentle pace of life. A kaleidoscope of colours, vibrant new tastes, and sensory experiences.
Galle, the epic Southern capital, is the intersection where classic Dutch architecture meets a tropical
setting creating a vivid atmosphere in beauty. Walk the Dutch-haunted streets listening to the creaks of
wooden saloon doors and observe how European architecture mingles with South Asian traditions today flooding
cultural enthusiasts on a global scale. Its original ramparts and bastions preserved up to date showcase
evidences of a heritage preserved for more than 3 1/2 centuries.The hallmark of this Dutch Enclave is it's
remains of a working community with its usual buzz of administrative offices, court complex, commercial
buildings, churches and Southern folks frequenting its streets bracing the air of the Elysium of architecture,
You will stop for tea and refreshments at an old Dutch House, home to a local family who have lived in the Fort for generations and generations. Here you will get a chance to mix and mingle with this very interesting family and hear real stories of their ancestors passed down from generation to generation. This Dutch bliss is painted with streets that spread in a rectangular grid pattern pierced with houses carrying Dutch colonial style verandas. You will end this walk at the newly renovated Dutch Hospital Shopping Complex, which has an array of souvenirs.
This walking tour is tailor-made according to each guest's interests, as the Galle Fort isn't only interesting for those History buffs but is a place rich with Arts and Culture and a variety of delicious Food that is distinct to it's community. Be it a walk through it's cobbled streets and alley ways to a walk on the Rampart at Sunset or getting your palm read to musing the stained glass windows at it's Dutch Church. There is something for everyone at The Fort and it's a place where you will be able to walk back-in-time to an era of the past - that still is - alive.