Galle Fort begun by the Portuguese in the 16th century, expanded by the Dutch in the 17th Century and consolidated by the British in the 19th century, is not a historical ruin but has been transformed into a living, thriving contemporary settlement. Located at the southwest corner of the island the Fort covers 52ha and contains within its broad, grey granite rampart walls, nearly 500 houses.
Entrance to the Fort is through either of two main gates, one of which contains the Dutch Coat of Arms on one side and the British on the other. The Fort is Number 200 on UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites and is free to enter and explore. The cobbled streets are lined with houses from the Dutch and British periods, with some art deco masterpieces, many of which have been converted into boutique shops and stylish guest houses.
Yala national park is popular for Elephant, Leopard, Bear, Crocodile and wild Boar. Located to the south east of the island, the main physical features are sand dunes, lagoons, dry river, stream beds, rocky outcrops and scrub / thorn forest at 97,800 hectares, this is the second largest of Sri Lanka’s national parks. Its open undulating terrain made it famous for elephants for many years, but recently the park has also received much fame through publicity by National Geographic, BBC and the Discovery TV channels, which focused on a leopard research / conservation and identification project. Claims have subsequently been made that Yala national park has the world’s highest concentration of leopard per square kilometer.
Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel in Yala or Tissamaharama
What can I say which hasn't been said so far? Anyone planning a trip to Sri Lanka needs to contact this company. We arranged 3 day trips through Select Sri Lanka with the customer service being second to none. At each and every stage, we were provided with plenty of information and prices that were reasonable. We also found them to be the cheapest company to pick up and drop off at the airport. Our driver was Kasan and was an absolute pleasure. We done the Galle day tour, Kandy tour and safari trip and each trip was well worth it...
Visited October 2016, Philip Espline, United Kingdom
A big thank you to Select Sri Lanka Tours a local agency (Kalatura) very serious. From France, we organized our stay and we spent holidays merveilleuses. Tour thanks to Mr Gayan that meets all our mails. Less prices are reasonable and the drivers are always on time, helpful, friendly and good drivers .It misses the French spoken! For those who love animals, we recommend Yala National Park where we had the chance to see the cheetahs or take the tour of the orphanage elephants in Kandy...
Visited August 2016, Pierre Deutesfeld, France
My new husband and me visited Sri Lanka as the first stop of our honeymoon. We had pre booked 2x trips with select Sri Lanka when back home through emails and text messages and Gayan was so helpful in organising exactly what we wanted. He messaged us all the way and even on the night before the trips and after the trips with all details. Our trips were private, only me and my husband in the lovely car that was air conditioned and driven by Kasun who was amazing at driving through the crazy traffic ( once you are there you will know what I mean) kasun took us to Galle ...<
Visited September 2016, Roger and Gemma , United Kingdom
I contacted Gayan at Select Sri Lanka after reading the fantastic reviews he had been receiving on Trip Advisor and I have to say they are worthy of each review as the service we received was first class. I enquired about one trip (Kandy Tour Highlights) before we left to travel to Sri Lanka and Gayan responded straight away with all the information on the trip, what was included what we would be visiting so we went ahead and made the booking. Once we arrived in Sri Lanka we booked another trip (Galle)...
Visited September 2016, Karen Hall , United Kingdom
We booked with Gayan and select for a 2 day safari with overnight hotel. We are a family with 2 teenage daughters and wanted to make the most of our visit to Sri Lanka. The safari was a highlight of the holiday we got to see elephants in their natural surroundings along with a host of many other animals.The guides are fantastic and were great company as well as informative. If you visit sri lanka then you must take a safari.We had no problems with select they kept us up to date on pick up times and any other relevant information needed. Everything was so well planned with no hassle...
Visited August 2016, Sean Moy , United Kingdom
Our driver was Priyantha and Gayan was the person who organised our 3 trips. both of these guys made our holiday very memorable.
Highly recommend them...
Visited September 2016, Prashant Desai , United Kingdom
Don't bother with any other Sri Lankan tour company....these are the best, can't recommend them enough.
A few months before we went to Sri Lanka I got in touch via email wih Gayan at Sri select tours, over the next few months we discussed which were the best tours to do to maximise our time in Sri Lanka. There was regular contact right up to the day before we travelled, which was great reassurance as even though we were looking forward to visiting Sri Lanka we were a bit apprehensive.Upon arrival at Sri Lanka all my worry totally disappeared.....wow what an amazing country. We were in contact all the time with Gayan through whatsapp whose customer service was second to none...
Visited September 2016, Prashant Desai , United Kingdom