Splash­ing about the south

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CLAIMED TO BE THE FIRST RECRE­ATIONAL sail­ing itin­er­ary to visit the south coast, G Ad­ven­tures’ Sail­ing Sri Lanka South Coast tour merges land ex­cur­sions with wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties. The 16m (53ft) sail­ing cata­ma­ran – launched in 2018 with four dou­ble/twin cab­ins with en-suite bath­rooms and pop-up sky­lights – will take up to eight guests on a jour­ney to mul­ti­ple cities along the coast. The south­ern port of Mirissa is the start and end point, with Weligama Bay, Galle, Ku­dawella, Kalametiya and Talalla Beach all on the itin­er­ary. Keep your eyes peeled for dol­phins and whales – maybe even a blue whale if you are lucky – along the way, as you drop in on dif­fer­ent beaches to swim, surf, stand-up pad­dle board and kayak. Es­pe­cially worth a visit is the 16th-cen­tury fort in Galle, which was built by the Por­tuguese and later oc­cu­pied by the Dutch. The ram­parts are still stand­ing even af­ter the 2004 tsunami that did so much dam­age on this coast – some of which re­mains vis­i­ble to­day. One of the G Ad­ven­ture’s Chief Ex­pe­ri­ence Of­fi­cers will ac­com­pany guests to of­fer cul­tural knowl­edge and rec­om­men­da­tions dur­ing the seven-day trip. Meals are pre­pared by the on-board cook to serve ap­petites sharp­ened by ac­tive days in and on the wa­ter. To hop aboard this sail­ing ad­ven­ture, you must be a min­i­mum of 16 years old. Learn more at www.gad­ven­tures.com.

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