Fishing is one of the Sri Lankan livelihoods. Go on fishing in local style in sea; river and lagoons. Test your skills with local Fishermen; gain an insight into their lives and daily routines; learn the specialist techniques used by them which is handed down through generations, thus it’s worth and interesting to foresee it. You will be led by an experienced and knowledgeable fishing guide trough-out the tour. At the end of each fishing session, enjoy your catch of the day as a mouth-watering dish which will be prepared by your very own guide. This will be lifetime experience for you, that should not be missed!
08:00: Arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport where you will be welcomed by your very own chauffeur guide and begin the journey to Mirissa - one of the island’s world-class beaches. 11:00: Arrive Mirissa and check-into the hotel. Refresh your souls and spend few hours at leisure. Relax by the pool or enjoy some of the finest watersports available at the hotel. 16:00: Evening move on to witness stilt fishing in Mirissa. Stilt Fishing is not the ordinary fishing, there might be several methods of catching a fish but this one is mind-boggling. The stilts consist of a single pole and crossbar planted out in the sea, on which fishermen perch while casting their lines when the currents are flowing in the right direction. This is not just a photographic opportunity with Beyond Escapes, we arrange you the real experience of stilt fishing with the fishermen. 18:00: Move back to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel.
07:00: Leave your hotel and proceed to Mirissa fishery harbour to proceed with an exciting deep-sea fishing tour with Beyond Escapes boat crew. 07:30: Start your fishing tour. You will have the experience of fishing for about 4 hours in the deep sea. As you go deeper towards the shelf, Sail fish, Blue or Black Marlene, Tuna, Wahoo and a few more allied species could be spotted. When finished the tour, arrive back in the harbor and proceed with your guide to a beach hut where you will be able to enjoy BBQ lunch with chilled beer. 13:30: Move back to the hotel. Spend the evening at leisure relaxing and enjoying the hotel facilities. 19:00: You will be taken to a private beach to enjoy a beach BBQ Dinner. Overnight stay at a hotel.
07:00: After delicious breakfast at the hotel, check-out and move to your next fishing destination – Bentota, where will leave you a different fishing memory. 08:30: Arrive Bentota. Go ahead with a fishing tour in Balapitiya river. This tour will give you once-in-a-lifetime experience in the Balapitiya River where you can see kraal-fishing constructions and fishermen making their way in rowing boats to collect their catch of the day. The occasional blue kingfisher flits in the vicinity of the kraal, a pond heron stands tall in the water, and other wetland birds have arisen from their slumber. Here you can engage with the traditional ways of fishing with the rods. Water bottles and refreshment will be provided during the fishing tour. 12:00: Arrive to a restaurant by the river and enjoy an excellent sea food lunch with chilled beer. The dish would be prepared by your catch of the day! 13:30: Drive to your hotel in Bentota and check-in. Spend some time at leisure. 15:00: Embark on a countryside cycling excursion discovering everything from idyllic beaches to picturesque paddy fields. Pedal through the Tea and rubber plantation to a river where you will use a local Perry to cross the river with cycles. You will be able to witness many birds and land monitors in the river banks whilst enjoying a light refreshment with king coconut. The first phase of cycling will be 14 kilometers in a flat terrain. 16:30: The second phase of cycling will start just after the refreshment. You will cycle another 8 kilometers passing some beautiful countryside attractions and cinnamon gardens before reaching a small lagoon where you are going to have your second refreshment. After your refreshments, you will cycle approx. 6-8 kilometers through the village to Bentota, passing some wonderful scenery with paddy fields. 18:00: When finished the cycling expedition, move back to the hotel. Dinner and Overnight stay at a hotel.
07:00: After a good night’s sleep and early breakfast at the hotel, you will be moved to Negombo – the final destination where you will experience fishing. 09:00: Arrive at the buzzing local fish market in Negombo and buy your favorite fresh fish items to cook for your lunch in addition to the seafood we provide during the trip. 10:30: Start your fishing expedition in Negombo lagoon. Here offer opportunities for fishing enthusiasts to test their skills by engaging with traditional and modern ways of fishing in the lagoon. Refreshment will be provided during trip. 12:30: Stop on an island in the lagoon where you will participate in live cooking of your lunch. Don’t forget to add best catch of your day and what you bought from the fish market when you prepare your lunch with the guide. Savor delicious grilled seafood lunch basking in the glory as it’s almost your choices you enjoy! Have a relaxing chat with your local guide and share your throughs about fishing in Sri Lanka. 15:00: Following lunch, take a Catamaran ride along the charming lagoon area whilst listening to the stories behind that from your guide. Marvel at the abundance of Sri Lanka’s endemic and migratory birdlife and other wild life such as crocodiles and monkeys in the beauty of an untouched paradise. 17:00: When finished the lagoon fishing trip, you will be driven to the hotel where you stay overnight. Spend your last night in Ceylon, look through the amazing photos you have taken and let the waves of Indian ocean wash over your feet prior to departure. Dinner and Overnight stay at a hotel.
Now having experienced the deep sea and inland fishing methods of Sri Lanka to the fullest, it’s time to say goodbye! Your chauffeur guide from Beyond Escapes Travels will be transferred to you to the Bandaranaike International Airport for your flight back home having unforgettable fishing expeditions memories with Beyond Escapes!