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Day1
Program:
After breakfast leave for Hikkaduwa, Sightseeing – Hikkaduwa Coral Reef, Mask Factory at Ambalangoda and Turtle Hachery at Kogoda. Evening transfer back to the hotel
Route:
Colombo > Hikkaduwa & Back to Colombo (From any Location Tour can be arranged)
Distance:
approx: 200 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 5 hours drive
Meal Plan:
Lunch in a Local Restaurant
Places that can visit on this day:
Hikkaduwa Coral Garden

Hikkaduwa Coral Garden

The Coral sanctuary has approximately seventy varieties of multi coloured corals. Visitors can either swim or hire a guide with a glass bottomed boats to view the corals. The coral reefs are the best place to see and admire corals and water is never more than three or four meters deep. Some of the coral reefs are real close to the beach and can hire snorkels, masks and fins and ventured into the calm crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean to be amazed with the wonderful & colourful corals and tropical fish with various colours and sizes, few inches below the surface.

Mask Factory

Mask Factory

Mask Factory is the most popular attraction in this part of Sri Lanka. Various masks depicting heroes, villains, gods and demons are used in traditional folk dances. Each of these masks are carefully carved and later painted by hand to embed the emotion into the wood. The traditional masks are carved from light Balsa like Kaduru wood where trees grow in the marshy lands bordering paddy fields. The wood is smoke dried for a week in preparation. The hand carved & hand painted masks in traditional dance dramas are vibrant & colorful.

Turtle Farm

Turtle Farm

The Kosgoda beach is a popular destination for marine life enthusiasts, as it is home to many marine turtles and turtle hatcheries. The marine turtles come ashore at night and lay their eggs in tiny holes. Then they cover up their eggs and return to the sea before dawn. Many turtle hatcheries have been set up along the coast to protect the eggs and turtles from predators. The hatcheries care for the turtle hatchlings till they are about 2-4 days old and then released back to the sea. October to April is the main laying season, but some eggs can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year.

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