South of Sri Lanka

South of Sri Lanka — Climate is similar to the climate of the West Coast, the temperature is between 27 and 32 degrees Celsius.
The southern coast stretches from Galle to the area east of Hambantota. In its limits remained rural, traditional and typically Lankan way of life. This area remains the leading tourist area for many years.
The charming cities and towns of the South include Galle, Unawatuna, Hambantota, Tangalle and Mirissa. Near these towns are mostly fishing villages situated, and visitors can observe traditional methods of fishing on stilts. The southern coast offers an ideal opportunity for guests to soak up the sun and explore the local traditions in addition to the myriad of activities here, unique and very adventurous.

The Madu Ganga River — Traveling along this wonderful river gives visitors the opportunity to observe beautiful mangrove forests, islets and surroundings complete with breathtaking views of aquatic birds and fish.

Turtle Hatchery — Here the rescued tortoiseshell eggs are incubated, and as soon as the turtle hatch, they are fed and trained for several days and finally released into the sea so that they can live among safe coral reefs and can feed themselves.

Totagamuwa Rajamaha Viharaya — This little-known temple is located in a village called Thelwatte north of Hikkaduwa. There are many frescoes, sculptures and wooden monuments. This temple is believed to have miraculous powers, and is set against a backdrop of beautiful landscapes.

Coral Preserve — This shallow reef is a popular home for beautiful colored tropical fish and the remnants of once abundant corals. Turtles can also be seen here, sometimes they specially come here during certain phases of the moon. It is also a popular place for scuba diving.

Unawatuna — a beautiful golden beach with safe ocean waters. This place for swimming is very popular, as a tourist destination. Scuba diving and snorkeling, an abundance of activities on the water can be ordered in this little piece of paradise. Unawatuna is a place where tourists can enjoy local crafts, as well as a town with many guest houses and a whole hotel market.
Unawatuna is ideal for sunbathing and full relaxation. For this purpose, there are many possibilities: Ayurvedic herbal massages or yoga classes or even meditation lessons.

Dagoba — The footpath leads to the top of the Dagoba cliff. From the top, this rock reveals phenomenal views of the space around up to Galle.

Rummasala — Historians and literary scholars believe that it was over this rock that the monkey God Hanuman descended from the ancient epic Ramayana on the way from Lanka to India to deliver medicinal herbs for the sick Lord Rama.

Dalawela in Midigama — This site is a popular place where you can see the famous piles of fishermen. This method of fishing is used only by fishermen of Sri Lanka. From shore these scenes of poles in the ocean are a truly unique sight.

Koggala — Located 15 km away from Unawatuna — Koggala is the birthplace of the world-famous Martin Wickramasinghe, who was Sinhalese writer. Here is the unparalleled beauty of the lagoon Koggala and the famous temple.

Martin Wickramasinghe Museum — In the village of his birth there is now a museum that presents various artifacts that showcase the history of Sri Lankan culture.

Koggala Lagoon — Popular for boat safari, this lagoon is home to groves of local species of mangroves, many species of endemic birds, as well as a medicinal herb garden.

Kataluwa Purvarama Mahavihara — in 5 km. from Koggala this temple is located, and it demonstrates frescoes in the Kandiyan style. They illustrate the different stories of Jataka (Buddhist narratives) and even the letter of Queen Victoria in support of Buddhism.

Midigama — A few kilometers from Koggala the village of Midigama is located, and it's a very popular place for surfing.

Weligama — Known as a typical lazy fishing village, which is ideal for guests to stroll around and soak up the sun. Here you will enjoy the views of the ocean and surfing in the local waters.

Kushta Raja (The leper King) — The statue is considered a statue of the Sinhalese king who suffered from leprosy. He was cured by healers of Ayurveda, who appointed him to drink sweetened coconut juice continuously.

Weligama Bay — Famous for the island of Taproban, which is covered with lush green trees. The island is a beautiful villa built by the French in colonial times.

Snake Farm — Located on the road to the Akuressa. On the snake farm there are 15 species of snakes, as well as many different species of spiders.

Mirissa — To the east of Weligama Bay lies this beautiful town where guests explore and observe the life of local fishermen. This place is the main seafood market in the south and people from all around the region gather here to buy the freshest seafood for affordable prices.

Watching Whales and Dolphins — A popular attraction among visitors in Mirissa. Many varieties of dolphins and whales pass by the local shores during the season.

Matara — The city at the southernmost point of Sri Lanka. Once there was a Dutch outlet for trade in cinnamon and elephant tusks. Here, too, are the unique shape of the fort and the lighthouse of Dondra Head. A 40-meter lighthouse is used to direct sea traffic in the southern and eastern directions. The lighthouse is considered the southernmost point of the country, as well as the last stop of the southern branch of the railway. However, since 2013 the branch is being actively built and will soon connect Matara with Hambantota via Tangalle. Thus, the country's longest railway route will link Colombo with Hambantota.

Polhena — Sunny and quiet beach is ideal for scuba diving even at night in the appropriate high tourist season.

Nilwala Ganga — Seaside walks along this river will treat the soul of visitors with the views of beautiful birds, and sometimes you can see crocodiles here.

Warahena Temple — The underground temple with a very colorful and large Buddha statue is just a few kilometers from the Matara city center.

The Dutch Church — One of the oldest Dutch churches in the country is known for its unusually large roof.

Dewinuvara — A well-known place thanks to a shrine dedicated to God Vishnu and hosts annual celebrations in honor of the Hindu deity in July and August.

Batik workshops — Many genuine workshops for the production of batik are located in a new part of Matara. Here they make and sell wonderful works in the style of Batik — clothes, paintings, ornaments from painted cloth and other elements of decor.

Brass Products — Suburb to east of Matara is known for its yellow copper / brass products, which are then shipped to other parts of Sri Lanka.

Tangalle — Noisy town with beautiful, perhaps, the best in the south of the country, beaches. The city is popular among lovers of water sports. There are many shops, a lively nightlife. Tangalle is the most popular tourist destination in Hambantota district.

Kahandamodara — The village is 15 km away. east of Tangalle is famous for its picturesque lagoon and pristinely clean deserted beaches. The place is located far from the noise of roads and city bustle. They come here for a real retreat from civilization and a real charge of natural energy in meditation and admiring the surrounding nature. The nearby Botanical Garden in Bata Atha attracts many tourists who are vacationing in the Tangalle area, to see the unique collection of plants of one of the five largest gardens of Sri Lanka in the open.

Kalamatiya — The Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary is a unique combination of natural landscapes — lagoons, ocean and land, on which more than 180 species of endemic and migratory birds. Not far from the reserve on the hill there is an ancient Buddhist temple. From this place you can admire the endless view of the endless Indian Ocean. In Kalamatiya and Kahandamodara there are several hotels by Lankarus.

Hummanaya (Blow Hole) — Natural attraction It represents a large cleft between rocks, where ocean water strikes. The hole between the rocks got its name because of the sound resulting from the impact of the waves. The fountain rising up after the impact is accompanied by a sound very reminiscent of howl.

Mulkirigala Rock Temple with sculptures of boulders. On the rock there are statues of the Reclining Buddha, frescoes, temple of cobra. Nearby is the school of monks. This landmark quite competes with the famous cave temple of Dambulla.

Rekawa — On the coast near this village sea turtles at night go out to lay eggs. The whole process can be observed by ordering an excursion to Lankarus. A touching sight: turtles from the sea creep out onto the beach, dig holes in the sand, lay eggs, dig in the masonry and slowly head back to the sea.

Hambantota — The city is in semi dry zone. Basically consists of a Muslim community so the mosques here are a regular phenomenon. Hambantota is the salt capital of the island. Here, salt is produced by capturing sea water in shallow pools. Water evaporates, leaving salty residues. Salt is cleaned and sent for sale around the island. Hambantota is the largest seaport of the country.

Martello Tower — Built by the British to protect the coastal areas, the tower is located next to a series of state bungalows that were once occupied by the British. Nearby there is a lighthouse and gallows.

Bundala National Park — Located to the east of Hambantota. Bundala is an ornithological paradise, a home for many endemic and seasonal bird species. Here visitors can also see here turtles, crocodiles, a small number of mammals, including bears.

Tissamaharama — the former capital of the Kingdom of Ruhuna. The city is a base for visitors who have planned a trip to the national parks of Bundala and Yala, as well as the holy Kataragama city. This beautiful city also offers to explore several dagobas and visit the shores of Lake Tissa Wewa. This ancient lake on its banks spreads the shadow of huge trees, and is a popular place for bathing local people.

Yatala Dagoba / Museum — It features particularly beautiful artifacts from the era of the Ruhuna Kingdom and the Buddha statue.

Sandagiri Dagoba — It is believed that this dagoba was built by the father of King Datugemunu (known as Kavan Tissa). Dagoba impresses with its forms and architecture, and is considered the most revered dagobah in this area.

Yala National Park — 30 km. from Tissamaharama is the most famous wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka. The park is spread over more than 1000 square kilometers. The western part of the reserve covers the most part. There is a strict ban on visits. And the eastern area of the reserve can be reached by safari jeeps. Here live elephants, leopards, deer, wild boars, samburs. In these places a variety of species of birds, reptiles, there are crocodiles.

Sithulpahuwa Temple — Located among the jungle on high boulders. Below are two dagobas, from where visitors can enjoy a stunning view of the whole area. The temple complex is believed to have been the meditation center for a large number of ancient monks.

Magul Maha Vihara — Known as the place where King Kavan Tissa and the Beautiful Princess Maha Vihara Devi tied themselves by marriage.

Temple of Kataragama — One of the most revered religious temples among all the main religious communities of the island. This shrine is believed to have been built by King Dutugamunu. The temple is dedicated to Lord Skanda or to God of war Kataragama, who blesses people with peaceful intentions. Believers express their devotion to God Kataragama in unique ways, such as walking on burning coals, self-confidence and Kawadi dance. The main festival of the temple takes place in July every year.

Menik Ganga — The river is located near the temple and is considered sacred. In its water, pilgrims bathe, and on the shore perform prayer services in honor of the God of Skanda.

Maha Devalaya (Main Shrine) — This temple unites many sacred objects dedicated to many gods and goddesses along with the main shrine — Skanda. In addition to Skanda, there are many statues in the temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the brother of Lord Skanda and Lord Siva. The temple of Ganesha is in enclosed premises. There is also a trident and a spear, next to which pilgrims gather to break coconuts as a means of fulfilling their wishes.

Kirivehera — Beautiful white and large Dagoba, which is revered by Buddhists who visit the main shrine of Lord Skanda.

Kataragama City — In the evenings the city turns into a a colorful place with a lively atmosphere. Here at every step a lot of stalls and shops with frit for pilgrims. They get here the main offerings to God Skanda — fruits, garlands and various religious attributes.

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