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Experience the diversity and raw beauty of rural Galle.  This stunning part of the island is best known for it’s Fort and beaches but in Galle’s hinterland areas the jungle, rice paddy, and quaint mud roads that make up the small villages surrounding the town are an attraction in their own right. In just three hours, this experience brings to life nature, wildlife, rural communities and all through a boat and bike ride.

Experience Overview

Your journey begins with a boat ride that serenely floats down the Kapu Ela River. You will be accompanied by a local naturalist, whose wealth of knowledge on the local bird and reptile life is as impressive as it is humorous. Sit back, and enjoy the ride as you pass along river banks, through canals, under bridges and by local village hamlets. Children will race up to the river bank to wave. Grey fish eagles swoop by. Water monitors lazily cling to low branches after a big meal, while others zip through the waters in search of unsuspecting prey. The ride passes through rubber and cinnamon plantations, and even a few low bushes of tea can be spotted from the back yards as you float on by. The ride will stop by where small mounds of coconut husk can be seen drying up in the sun; one of many places where coir rope comes to life from the humble coconut husk. From here you will mount your bike and begin a 9km breathtaking ride through rural Galle and the heart of the south. Whizz by paddy fields and through small villages, past humble markets where the villagers trade and end up at a cool mud hut for refreshing herbal teas and traditional fresh hoppers straight from the fire, made in the ways of the past. From here you can choose to ride back to a pickup point or be driven back to the drop off point.

Includes:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Includes:

Bottled water, refreshments, boat ride, lightweight mountain bike, helmet, traditional hopper meal.

Duration:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Duration:

3.5 hours.

Difficulty:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Difficulty:

Moderate.

Suitable for children:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Suitable for children:

This would be suitable for older children, and smaller bikes for children are available on request.

Times:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Times:

7am -10.30am or 3pm – 6.30pm.

What to wear or bring along:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
What to wear or bring along:

Light cool clothing, sun screen, a hat and shades, insect repellent.

Important to know:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Important to know:

Longer bike rides are available on request. Any physical restrictions or injuries should be mentioned to SLIS prior to the bike ride. Parts of the mangrove were destroyed in the 2004 Tsunami, and have been long used as a wasteland. Community projects are in progress to clean up these areas.

Private or not?  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Private or not?

This experience is always private

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Managing Expectations

It is important to remember that, whilst they are experts in their field, the people who run or host our experiences are not necessarily used to working in the tourism industry and may not offer the level of service you would find at a five-star hotel. For example, instead of a formal lecture, you may get a relaxed conversation where open discussion is encouraged. All of our hosts are, however, extremely engaging, knowledgeable and passionate about educating visitors about their chosen subject and we have worked with them to ensure that they deliver worthwhile, fulfilling experiences. We welcome feedback, so please let us know what you thought and if you think any improvements could be made to the experiences we offer.

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