The ‘From Colombo: Hikkaduwa Village Tour With Boat Ride & BBQ’ offers an immersive experience for travelers seeking to explore the vibrant village of Hikkaduwa in Sri Lanka. This tour, provided by Seerendipity Tours (private) Limited, takes visitors on a cultural journey through the region, including visits to the Kosgoda sea turtle farm, Ariyapala Mask Museum, and a scenic boat ride on the Hikkaduwa lagoon.
With opportunities to interact with locals, taste traditional drinks, and enjoy a BBQ dinner, this tour promises an unforgettable adventure.
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Good To Know
- The tour offers free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
- Travel plans can be kept flexible by reserving now and paying later.
- The tour starts from Colombo at 9:00am and involves a 2 to 3 hour drive to Hikkaduwa.
- The tour includes a boating trip on the Hikkaduwa lagoon, a visit to the Kosgoda sea turtle farm, the Ariyapala Mask Museum, a gem and jewellery store, and a stroll on Hikkaduwa beach to witness the sunset.
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The tour allows participants to enjoy a flexible and hassle-free experience with free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund. This means that if plans change or unforeseen circumstances arise, participants can cancel their reservation without any financial loss.
To keep travel plans flexible, participants have the option to reserve now and pay later.
The Hikkaduwa Village Tour is valid for 5 days, and participants can check availability for starting times.
The tour starts from Colombo at 9:00 am, and there’s a 2 to 3-hour drive to Hikkaduwa. This ensures that participants have ample time to explore and enjoy the various attractions and experiences offered during the tour.
Places to Visit
Participants on the Hikkaduwa Village Tour can explore the Kosgoda sea turtle farm and the Ariyapala Mask Museum, among other fascinating places.
The Kosgoda sea turtle farm, run by a non-governmental organization, provides a unique opportunity to learn about the conservation efforts for these majestic creatures. Visitors can witness the hatching process and even release baby turtles into the ocean.
At the Ariyapala Mask Museum, ancient masks and rituals are showcased, offering a glimpse into Sri Lanka’s rich cultural heritage. The mask-making process is demonstrated at the Mask Factory, where skilled artisans create intricate designs.
For those interested in gems and jewelry, a family-run store offers affordable rates.
Plus, the agriculture and coir industry of Hikkaduwa produce valuable items, providing insight into the local economy.
Boating Trip and Nature
Visitors on the Hikkaduwa Village Tour can embark on a scenic boating trip to explore the Hikkaduwa lagoon and enjoy the natural beauty of the region. The lagoon is home to a diverse range of avian fauna species, making it a paradise for bird watchers. As you glide through the calm waters, keep your eyes peeled for colorful kingfishers, elegant herons, and majestic eagles. Along With the lagoon, the tour also includes a visit to one of the oldest Buddhist temples in the area. With a local guide by your side, you can explore the teachings and traditions of Buddhism while admiring the serene beauty of the temple grounds. After your boating trip and temple visit, take a leisurely stroll on Hikkaduwa beach and witness the captivating sunset.
|Serene temple grounds
|Buddhist teachings and traditions
During the Hikkaduwa Village Tour, travelers can engage with the local community and gain insight into their way of life through authentic and immersive experiences. Here are four exciting activities that allow travelers to interact with locals and learn about the cultural significance of masks in Sri Lanka:
Mask Factory Visit: Get a firsthand experience of the mask-making process by visiting a local mask factory. Interact with skilled artisans and learn about the history and cultural significance of masks in Sri Lankan traditions.
Cultural Performances: Attend traditional mask dances and performances that showcase the vibrant culture of Sri Lanka. Engage with local performers and witness their talent firsthand.
Mask Painting Workshop: Participate in a mask painting workshop and unleash your creativity. Learn from local artists who’ll guide you through the process of painting and decorating your own mask.
Local Village Visit: Enjoy the local community by visiting nearby villages. Interact with friendly locals, learn about their daily routines, and gain a deeper understanding of their way of life.
Travelers can gather important details about the Hikkaduwa Village Tour, such as pricing, reviews, and the tour provider, from the additional information provided. This tour is provided by Seerendipity Tours (private) Limited and has received a 5/5 rating based on 1 review. The price for this tour starts from $155 per person. The tour takes place in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka, specifically in Ambalangoda. It offers a unique opportunity to engage with the local community and understand their way of life, while also experiencing the cultural significance of masks in Sri Lanka. Travelers can explore the Hikkaduwa lagoon on a boating trip, visit the Kosgoda sea turtle farm, and witness the mask-making process at the Ariyapala Mask Museum. Plus, they can taste the popular Sri Lankan alcoholic drink, Arrack, and buy fresh fish for a barbecue dinner at the fishing harbor. This tour provides a comprehensive experience of the Sri Lankan way of life and offers an opportunity to take in the rich cultural heritage of the region.
|Seerendipity Tours (private) Limited
|Starts from $155 per person
|Southern Province, Sri Lanka, specifically Ambalangoda
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Is the Best Time of Year to Visit Hikkaduwa for the Village Tour?
The best time to visit Hikkaduwa for the village tour is during the dry season, which is from November to April. This is the ideal season for Hikkaduwa village exploration, with pleasant weather and calm seas.
Can Children Participate in the Hikkaduwa Village Tour and Boat Ride?
Children can participate in the Hikkaduwa village tour and boat ride. Safety measures are in place to ensure their well-being. It’s a fun and educational experience for the whole family to enjoy together.
Are There Any Vegetarian or Vegan Options Available for the BBQ Dinner?
Vegetarian and vegan options are available for the BBQ dinner. Guests can enjoy a variety of delicious plant-based dishes that cater to their dietary preferences during the Hikkaduwa village tour.
Is Transportation Provided From the Hotel in Colombo to the Starting Point of the Tour?
Transportation arrangements for the tour include a 2 to 3 hour drive from Colombo to Hikkaduwa. The starting point is accessible and provides convenience for guests staying in hotels in Colombo.
Are There Any Age Restrictions for Visiting the Kosgoda Sea Turtle Farm?
Age restrictions at the Kosgoda Sea Turtle Farm depend on the specific rules set by the farm. It is best to check with the farm directly to determine the suitable age for visiting.
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The Sum Up
To sum it up, the ‘From Colombo: Hikkaduwa Village Tour With Boat Ride & BBQ’ offers travelers an exciting and immersive experience in the vibrant village of Hikkaduwa.
With a focus on local experiences and culture, this tour allows participants to explore a wide range of activities and sights. These include visiting sea turtle farms and witnessing traditional mask-making.
With its diverse range of activities and opportunities for cultural interaction, this tour promises an unforgettable journey through the hidden gems of Sri Lanka.