Starting Point: Weleges Place
1. Madu River Safari:
- Reach to Balapitiya
- Begin your tour with the Madu River Safari. Explore the mangroves, visit small islands, and witness the vibrant biodiversity of the Madu River estuary. Don’t forget to visit the famous Cinnamon Island during the safari.
2. Island Activities:
- Engage in island activities on the Madu River, such as a visit to a fish spa, exploring a traditional cinnamon plantation, and enjoying a refreshing king coconut drink.
3. Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery:
- Proceed to Kosgoda to visit the Turtle Hatchery. Learn about the conservation efforts to protect sea turtles, witness the various stages of turtle development, and even have the opportunity to release baby turtles into the sea.
4. Mask Museum Ambalangoda:
- Continue your journey to Ambalangoda to visit the Mask Museum. Discover the traditional art of mask carving and learn about the cultural and ritualistic uses of these masks in Sri Lankan folklore and festivals.
5. Moonstone Mines:
- Head towards Meetiyagoda to explore the Moonstone Mines. Learn about the mining process and the cultural significance of moonstones in Sri Lanka. You can purchase some unique moonstone jewelry as a souvenir.
6. Tsunami Museum:
- Conclude your tour with a visit to the Tsunami Museum in Paraliya. Gain insights into the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and its impact on the coastal communities. The museum is a tribute to the resilience and recovery of the people.
End of Tour
- Ensure you have a comfortable vehicle arranged for the tour.
- Carry water, sunscreen, and insect repellent for your comfort.
- Check the operating hours of each attraction to plan your timings accordingly.
- Respect local customs and traditions during your visits.