Colombo, Sri Lanka
Galle: A UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Approximately 8½ Hours
Depart the quayside by coach to Galle to admire rich landscapes and explore the relaxing ambience of Galle Fort.
Visit the only producer of Virgin White Tea in Sri Lanka, at Handunugoda Tea Estate. The estate has taken on the task of recreating the exact recipe and following the traditions surrounding producing the tea that was originally grown in China for the Emperor. Part of the mystique is that the only human body part that that comes into contact with the tea before ingestions is the lips. Appreciate the estate with a walk through the factory, finishing off with a tasting of this unique tea (and many others) before relaxing with a cup of tea and a piece of cake at the Planters’ Bungalow.
Stop for lunch at a local restaurant.
Next up is Galle -- a thriving port since long before colonial times. The Old Town is one of the best examples of a fortified city built by the Europeans in southern and Southeast Asia. It attracted Arabs, Persians, Romans and Greeks on their way across the Indian Ocean. Notice the narrow streets, old churches, cloistered courtyards and shuttered mansions bearing witness to a colonial past of considerable comfort. There are several museums here, as well as the Dutch Reformed Church and the lively Arab Quarter. In 1505, the Portuguese attacked and settled in the town, 135 years later ceding it to the Dutch, who built the famous Galle Fort. This remarkable structure, which you will visit today, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site .