Today you will check out from you hotel in Colombo, and transfer to a nearby airfield to onboard a helicopter which will
take you to Koggala Airport in the South of the island. Here you will onboard a seaplane which will take you on a memorable
ride over the oceans to view the largest animal in the world the Blue Whale. Sri Lanka is blessed to have resident Blue Whales
in our waters year-round, and these leviathans are found off our waters and grow to over 80 feet in length. Despite being the
largest animal on the planet, they survive on one of the smallest. They feed on small plankton type organisms called Krill,
which they scoop up with their large mouths and filter out the water using Baleen which are britles along their gums which
they have instead of teeth. These gigantic mammals are best viewed from the air which gives a complete view of the animal and
it is possible to guage the size and length of these magnificent giants. After your memorable plane ride, land back and head
to Galle, where you will check into your luxurious hotel Amangalla. Housed in a 17th Century building, which for more than
100 years served as the New Oriental Hotel during the heyday of steamship travel, Amangalla is part of the fabric of Galle
and its UNESCO protected fort. In the evening go on a guided walk with a 5th Generation resident of Galle Fort.
The focal point of the walk is the Galle Fort, a UNESCO recognized world heritage site, and it is conducted by a 5th generation
resident of this historic city located along the island’s Southwestern coast. The Portuguese, Dutch, and British occupied
the Galle Fort at various points during Sri Lanka’s colonial history, and they have each left a unique imprint on its fabric.
As you navigate through the fort’s charming alleyways at a leisurely pace, a fascinating blend of local design traditions and
European colonial influence become evident in the architectural style of its many interesting structures. The Galle Fort Walk
is peppered with interesting facts, numbers, stories, and myths, all interwoven by the unique perspective and narrative of its
host, who knows this terrain as well as the back of his hand. Nestled within fourteen strategically erected bastions, which
demarcate Galle Fort’s extent, are numerous places of worship, a plush hotel originally used as the Dutch Governor’s residence,
an old warehouse utilized to safe keep ship equipment and store spices, several local schools, a post office, a lighthouse,
a clock tower, and an assortment of other in service and nonfunctional buildings, all crisscrossed by a grid pattern of streets.
The lives of many different groups of people - primarily the Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims, Burghers, and Malays - unfold slowly
along its cobbled pathways and byroads. The cultural labyrinth that is the Galle Fort is also a centre for commerce, and it
sustains the livelihoods of the diverse population listed above. Its, mostly, single-storey low houses which were built in
accordance with the Dutch colonial style of architecture, have now been converted into several rows of quaint restaurants,
bars, cafes, mini-libraries, clothing stores, jewelry shops, knickknack corners and everything in between, by their
longstanding owners and also a select few who have managed to secure valuable retail space here in more recent years.