Kalutara on Sri Lanka's South-West Coast is not only known for its still uncrowded beaches and the convenient location but is also of historical and cultural importance.

Down South Stay

Land Only Private Tour

Duration : 4 DAYSPrice : FROM $1235Country : SRI LANKA
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Kalutara on Sri Lanka's South-West Coast is not only known for its still uncrowded beaches and the convenient location but is also of historical and cultural importance.

Included in the price

  • Accommodation at The sands on Bed and breakfast basis.
  • Transportation in a A/C vehicle with the service of a English speaking driver guide.
  • Madu River boat safari. 

Day 1: Arrival at Kalutara

Make your own way to your Bentota hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight stay at The Sands by Aitken Spence.

Day 2: Kalutara

Take a boat trip up the Madu Ganga River, Sri Lanka’s second largest wetland consisting of 23 islands and home to some 215 families. As you cruise through the wetlands and mangroves, you will have the chance to see a variety of aquatic plants and animal life. Tour a local cinnamon farm, which produces peeled cinnamon and cinnamon oil. Later, return to Bentota and have the afternoon free at your leisure. (B) Overnight stay at The Sands by Aitken Spence.

Day 3: Kalutara

The day is free at your leisure to enjoy the different water sports on offer from your hotel (at your own expense), or simply relax by the beach. (B) Overnight stay at The Sands by Aitken Spence.

Day 4: Departure from Kalutara

After check-out this morning your arrangements end. (B)



Just over forty kilometers from Colombo, bustling Kalutara is the first town you reach travelling south which retains a recognizably separate identity from the capital. It’s one of the west’s largest settlements, but the long stretch of beach north of town remains reasonably uspoilt, dotted with a string of top-end hotels which make a decent first or last stop on a tour of the island, given the town’s relative proximity to the international airport. (although it’s still a tedious two-hour drive by the time you’ve negotiated Colombo).
The Wetland of Madu Ganga

The Wetland of Madu Ganga

The nature is the God of human being” – great poet Kalidasa. This saying denotes the importance of the nature for the human kind in the universe. Madu Ganga, a wetland, which located in the South-West Sri Lanka, is indeed should be treated with impotence of a God. Madu Ganga wet land is one of the most important natural assets of the island. Madu Ganga is located in the village of Balapitiya. It is another historical city in the west coast of the island. According to the historical information, the invaders from Kerala were defeated by King Parakramabahu 2, at the River mouth of Madu Ganga. One can travel into the interior of the country through the Madu Ganga wetland. Invaders were hoping to penetrate the island using the wetland.  Thereafter, the river mouth was guarded by the soldiers in order to prevent invaders entering island through Madu Ganga.
LaCity Travel - Travellers Tips for Sri Lanka   

Money:Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR); 1AUD = 120LKR (approximately)

Climate: Sri Lanka has a tropical climate with two distinctive seasons, wet and dry, with two monsoon seasons. The Yala season (mid- May to October) brings heavy rain from the Indian Ocean to the south and west coasts and the Central Highlands, whereas northern and eastern parts of the country are a little drier. The Maha season (December to March) brings rain from the Bay of Bengal and causes heavy rain in the northeast of the country. The average temperature throughout the country varies from 26-28°C, with 14-16°C in the Central Highlands. November to January are the cooler months, with February to May being the hottest.     

Flight time:Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne: from 11 hours Perth: from 8 hours 

Clothing: Sri Lanka is a tropical and a warm country. The recommendation is to wear light clothing made out of cotton. During the day times it’s best to avoid wearing dark colours as it may attract extra heat. We also recommend you wear sunscreen and a hat when you are exposed to the sun. If you are travelling to the Hill Country (Nuwara Eliya), you may require a light sweater as the temperatures could drop below 16 degrees. Shorts and a t-shirt with sandals (thongs, slippers) are probably more suitable for men. Women are advised to dress modestly when dressing in general public and avoid wearing mini-skirts, or anything that is too exposing, as this may offend or attract unwanted attention from the general public. Everyone entering the religious areas is required to be respectful by wearing clothing that is below the knee length. Modern and Western attire is acceptable if you are going to a night club, bars/pubs and inside the hotels as long as you avoid general public.

Tipping: For taxi drivers, hotel and restaurant staff, Rs 100 ($1) is probably the minimum expectation. You may tip your coach driver or your personal driver.

Camera/Video: Sri Lanka provides you with an abundance of photo opportunities ranging from the breathtaking sites, landscapes, wildlife, festivals, food and people. However we offer some simple suggestions regarding photography etiquette, whilst in Sri Lanka. Please ask for permission before taking photographs of people and respect their wishes if they refuse. Photographing Buddhist Monks is not taboo but can create awkwardness so assess the situation and if in doubt ask. Please be mindful that some local people may expect a tip for having their photo taken, so clarify this before taking any photographs to avoid offending anyone.

Safety and Security:We always recommend that you keep your belongings in a safe place while travelling and make use of hotel safes where available. Ensure you keep your cameras, sunglasses etc handy and never leave them unattended in public places. The internal conflict in the country has now ceased meaning that unexpected security incidents should not happen. The people in Sri Lanka can now walk freely and enjoy a peaceful lifestyle. This also has increased the amount of tourists coming to the country within the past months. We wish that all communities in this country will live peacefully as a single nation. 

Health Precautions:
We recommend that you consult your doctor before visiting Sri Lanka regarding the relevant vaccinations. Make sure you also bring your standard medication and all other useful items such as mosquito repellent, diarrhea tablets, Malaria tablets etc. While in Sri Lanka always drink bottled water or at least ensure the water is boiled before consuming. When eating, consider the old advice to be on the safe side: `boil it, bake it, peel it or ignore it.’ Avoid eating street food and wash your hands with soap before each meal. Sri Lanka is a popular tourist destination and has a number of reputable hospitals and qualified doctors. There are also many medical centres located across the country. However you may find that some remote areas lack hospital facilities hence we encourage you to carry all your necessary medication while on tour.

Calling Overseas: The suggestion is to buy a SIM card since it is considered the cheapest and the most convenient option. If you wish we can organise this on your behalf. You can also call overseas from majority of the hotels however higher charges may apply. There are also many communication centers that provide IDD (International Direct Dialling) facilities, however this is not the most convenient option. 

Where to get help:  
Australian High Commission 
21 R. G. Senanayaki Mawatha (formerly Gregory's Road) 
Colombo 7, Sri Lanka 
Telephone (+94 11) 246 3200 
Facsimile (+94 11) 268 6453 
Email: austcom@sltnet.lk 

Travel Insurance: 
There is no insurance covered in our tour price. We strongly recommend that you purchase insurance to cover for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money and public liability before your commencement of tour. Tour safe could be bought through LaCity Travel.

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Price does not include  
1. Meals other than specified below
2. Christmas and New Years eve supplements at hotels.
3. Cost of beverage throughout the tour. 
4. Expenses of a personal nature. 
5. Any other services not specified above.

Please Note: 
1. The above rates are net and include all government taxes totalling to 13%.   
2. These rates are subject to current Government taxes. If any taxes are revised including VAT the rates quoted will be revised accordingly   

Other Conditions: 
1. Optional excursions and additional services could be provided for which we will charge additionally. 
2. Visits to wild life parks will be at client's own risk. 
3. Safari vehicles (none air-conditioned) available are very basic with basic insurance cover (not comprehensive as in the case of vehicles used for tours).   

Discount for children from 2-12 years sharing parents room-: 30% on the per person sharing double room rate. 
Discount for the 3rd person sharing a triple room-: 10% on the per person sharing double room rate 
** Please note that the extra bed in a triple room will be a foldable and rollaway bed.