Koggala Lake is one of the largest natural lakes and one of the major attractions in the area. Enjoy a serene 2-hour boat ride on the lake passing and stopping for short visits of a few islands to learn about cinnamon production, see growing spice gardens and visit an old temple with ancient wall paintings ... More info ›
Koggala Lake is one of the largest natural lakes and one of the major attractions in the area. Enjoy a serene 2-hour boat ride on the lake passing and stopping for short visits of a few islands to learn about cinnamon production, see growing spice gardens and visit an old temple with ancient wall paintings. Tour is limited to a maximum of 6 people for a more personalized experience and includes pickup and drop-off from a central meeting point and guide.
At either 9am or 3pm, meet your guide at the entrance of South Lake Hotel, Koggala. After boarding a three-wheeler, you'll take a short 10-minute trip to reach the pier. Prior to boarding the boat, you'll be provided with bottled water and life jackets.
First, set sail on the lake safari heading towards the Temple Island, while passing fishermen on their catamarans and a number of small islands where you may happen to see birds and black monkeys in the trees. After a boat ride of about 30 minutes, you'll reach the Temple Island. Discover the old temple set in the jungle known for its meditation programs and wall paintings. Spend a little time to explore the island and temple before setting off towards the center of the lake. Continuing the sail, you'll experience the serene waters, peace and quiet with perhaps only one or two other boats nearby. Next, head toward Cinnamon Island, where native villagers cultivate cinnamon. Witness how cinnamon sticks are peeled and how cinnamon tea, powder and barks are produced. Enjoy a cup of cinnamon tea provided by a villager as a welcome. Afterwards, head to your next destination, the Spice Garden, which sits on the bank of the Lake. See how different varieties of spices are grown and produced.
Finally, you'll head back to the pier and hop aboard a three-wheeler to begin your ride back towards the starting point accompanied by your guide. On the way, stop for a visit of the Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum which is perfect setting to get to know a bit more about Sri Lankan folk culture.