Experience the legendary Culture in Sri Lanka
The small island is proud of eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, which can be visited within one week. These include historic Galle in the south of the Island with its famous fort from the Dutch colonial period. In the heart of Sri Lanka, right in the mountainous jungle, Kandy, the hidden kingdom and the religious capital, awaits to be discovered. The gigantic monolith Sigiriya and the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa are also worth seeing – as well as the cave temple of Dambulla, the Sinharaja Forest Reserve and the Central Highlands.
The sacred city of Anuradhapura
The sacred city of Anuradhapura, now in picturesque ruins, was once a major center of Sri Lankan civilization. The fascinating ancient ruins include huge bell-shaped stupas built of small sun-dried bricks, temples, sculptures, palaces, and ancient drinking-water reservoirs.
The ancient city of Polonnaruwa
The ancient sacred city of Polonnaruwa was the capital of Sri Lanka in the 11th and 12th centuries. In its heyday, the 6km of city walls housed hundreds of people. Colossal buildings and statues, both Buddhist and Hindu, include the palace of King Parakumbahu, the “swaying columns” of LataMandapa, the shrine of Lankatilaka and the amazing relief sculptures of Gal Viharaya are notable in this sacred city and, The vast artificial tank of Parakrama Samudraya reservoir in here (Sea of Parakrama) covers an area of 23 square km and was the source of the city’s water.
The golden temple of Dambulla
Dating back to the First Century BC, the Golden Temple of Dambulla has been the centre of pilgrimage for Buddhists and Hindus alike for 22 centuries. It is Sri Lanka’s most popular historic site. The Cave monastery, home to Buddhist monks is covered with exquisite 2,000 year-old murals depicting the life and times of the Lord Buddha. The shrines also house a collection of 157 statues of Buddha in various sizes and poses, including a 15 metre long reclining Buddha and vividly coloured frescoes on the walls and ceiling, making this the largest antique painted surface in the world.
The ancient city of Sigiriya
Standing tall over the surrounding plains, Sigiriya Rock offers splended views for miles in all directions. Sigiriya Rock lies on a steep mound that rises over the otherwise flat plains, and is itself a further 370 meters tall. The rock is sheer on all sides, and in many parts even overhangs the base. From the top, it is elliptical in plan. Its top is flat, and slopes gradually along the elliptical axis. It was made a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.
The sacred city of Kandy
Kandy was made a world heritage site in 1988. It lies on a plain surrounded by towering hills, with evocative names such as Bible Rock, Camel Hill and Balloon Rock in Sri Lanka Kandy. The pink-painted Temple of the Tooth houses in Kandy most sacred religious relic – the tooth of the Buddha, hidden beneath six caskets of diminishing size – and it attracts a steady stream of visitors throughout the year. The national museum also lies alongside in Sri Lanka Kandy.
The old town of Galle and its fortifications
Galle Fort begun by the Portuguese in the 16th century, expanded by the Dutch in the 17th Century and consolidated by the British in the 19th century, is not a historical ruin but has been transformed into a living, thriving contemporary settlement. Is located at the southwest corner of the island.
Experience the glamour of Festivals in Sri Lanka
Nearly all the world’s major religious denominations are represented in Sri Lanka. Add to this a plethora of ethnicities and social groupings, and the result is a crowded festival calendar.
Numerous colorful festivals, giving new life to ancient traditions and spiritual practices of the islanders, are not to be missed. A highlight for all senses is Aluth Avurudda – the Hindu and Buddhist New Year’s festival in April. For two days life takes place on the streets – with music, fireworks and delicious food. The Vesak festival in May is the most important festival of the Buddhists, which marks the first month of the Buddhist calendar year. Roads and houses are decorated with ornate lanterns and all of Sri Lanka looks like a single sea of lights. At the Kandy Festival (July/August) vacationers can immerse themselves into the medieval past of Sri Lanka: ancient costumes, vibrant dances, music and decorated elephants unleash the beauty of the rich tradition of the island.
Famous as one of the most glamorous cultural processions of the world, Esala Perahara takes place on 10 consecutive nights in the historic city of Kandy. The first six nights are called Kumbal perahara while the last four nights are the more glamorous ones known as the Randoli Perahara. The final night of the processions, in fact, has over 100 elephants adorned in their finest costumes parading down the streets. The parade is a vivid spectacle full of colors and performances by instrument players and dancers from all over the island.
Gangaramaya Navam Perahara
This famous parade of Colombo draws tourists from across the country and world. It includes dancers, elephants as well as musicians performing on the streets of Colombo through two nights.
Experience the true spirituality in Sri Lanka
Buddhism has become extremely popular in Western countries and in Sri Lanka visitors can experience the pure teachings of Buddha, mix with the local Buddhists at places of pilgrimage and plunge into the popular belief of the Singhalese. One of the most important relics of Buddhism, a holy molar, is preserved in the temple of the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy. Visitors can join the daily poojas (praying ceremonies) and once a year a magnificent procession, is dedicated to the holy relic. Another important place of pilgrimage is Adam’s Peak, a holy mountain to Buddhists, Hindus, Christians and Muslims alike. Visitors can join the walk up to the peak to enjoy the sunset and the spiritual atmosphere
Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of Tooth Relic)
Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy is the most prominent and sacred Buddhist shrine in Sri Lanka, even in the world. This historic temple houses one of the tooth sacred relics of Load Buddha.
It is in the city of Kandy in Sri Lanka. It was built within the royal palace complex which houses the only surviving relic of Buddha, a tooth, which is venerated by Buddhists.
The mountain of Sri Pada is one of the rare places that people of four major religions in the world worship. Although this is only the second highest mountains, It rises alone majestically with a conical shape and offers an unobstructed view over land and sea. It is said that the mountain was the landmark of the ancient sea-faring Arabs, who came to Sri Lanka, to trade in gems, spices, ivory etc., and they, having sighted the conical mountain miles off shore, prayed to God for having brought them safely to the island.
Sri Seetha Amman Temple
Sri Seethai Amman temple is a unique temple it has been made at the place where Seeta Matha spent her days in the prison of Ravana aprox 5000 years ago. It is also unique in a way that it is one of the very few temples dedicated to Seeta. Named after the wife of Lord Rama, this Hindu temple is located just less than a mile before Hagkala at Sita Eliya. The structure is built on the site where the legend of Ramayana holds that the demon king Ravana made Sita his prisoner.
Experience the Diversity of Sri Lanka
Experience the truly diversified entertainment
Kandyan Dance is today regarded as the national dance form of Sri Lanka. The dance evolved primarily during the period of Kandyan kings, hence the name Kandyan dancing. The dance form depicts scenes of Ramayana, tales of kings, queens, princes and heroes as well as dancing of kings and heroes. Costumes of Kandyan dancers are impressive. Male dancers wear spectacular headgear and their bare chests are adorned with elegat silver regalia. They also wear silver bangles on arms and anklets. They dance on the rhythms of drums.
Low Country Dance
Low country dance is performed to please the sickness-causing evil spirits. The dancers put masks on their faces. These masks resemble birds, demons, reptiles etc. This type of dance is highly ritualistic.
Sabaragamuwa Dance is enthusiastically performed in Ratnapura. The locals employ this dance to worship God Saman.
Even though not popular, this is a dance form that exsits in Nothern parts of Sri Lanka by veddha decedents. This form of Dancing involves only few steps and lots of rituals and singing.
Traditional and Baila Music
The two single biggest influences on Sri Lankan music are from Buddhism and Portuguese colonizers. Buddhism arrived in Sri Lanka after the Buddha’s visit in 300 BC, while the Portuguese arrived in the 15th century, bringing with them cantiga ballads, ukuleles and guitars, along with African slaves, who further diversified the musical roots of the island. These slaves were called kaffrinha, and their dance music was called baila. Traditional Sri Lankan music includes the hypnotic Kandyan drums – drumming was and is very much a part and parcel of music in both Buddhist and Hindu temples in Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka, it is common to hear Calypso music as well.
Experience the truly diversified Handicrafts
Sri Lanka takes pride in its extensive variety of handicrafts. Tradition of making handicrafts is very old. Requirements of the people and their artistic tastes combined themselves to make these articles. These handicrafts serve as wonderful souvenirs and can be found in shops and stores in all parts of the country.
Sri Lankans exclusively use masks, facial decorative wear. Since ancient times, the masks are being used in rituals, dramas, and curing sickness. Traditional Sri Lankans think that masks have curative power for various physical and physiological illnesses. Most masks are made of light wood called kaduru.
Pottery is one of the oldest crafts in Sri Lanka. Pottery is still used by thousands of people as a daily utensil. More intricate products likes terracotta figures, carved vases, etc are taken back by the visitors as souvenirs.
Batik is basically an Indonesian art, but has evolveded in Sri Lanka into its unique style. Tourists can find hundreds of variety of batiks sold throughout the island. More popular among these are the batik pictures made in Kandy and Fresco Batiks on the Peradeniya road in the outskirts of Kandy.
Jewelry and Gems
Sri Lanka is excellent producer of jewelry. It benefits its own economy to great extent. There are two conventions of jewelry making: Galle tradition and Kandyan tradition. The Galle tradition is known for its precious stones while the Kandyan tradition is carried by its intricate metal work.
Sri Lanka is blessed with over 70 varieties of coloured stones out of 200 found in the world and is among the five most important gem-bearing nations of the world. Notably, Sri Lanka’s major strength is the “Ceylon Sapphire”. While Sri Lankan jewellery manufacturers demonstrate remarkable craftsmanship, Sri Lankan gem suppliers offer a wide range of Ceylon gems to the global gem market representing the country’s breathtaking natural heritage. Among these gemstones are :
• Blue, pink, yellow and golden sapphires
• Star sapphires
• Star rubies
• Cat’s eyes
Experience the magical relaxation in Sri Lanka
Well-being for all senses is part of Sri Lanka’s tradition: Ayurveda, the 2000 year old Indian medicine, is still very popular in Sri Lanka and visitors coming to the island for ayurvedic treatments are very often repeaters. Those who don’t have the time for a two or three weeks stay at one of the health resorts, find Ayurveda massages, meditation, yoga lessons or spas in many hotels. Sri Lanka is definitely a perfect place for relaxation.
Yoga / Meditation /Ayurveda
With Buddhism being an integral part of Sri Lankan lifestyle and culture since the 3rd Century BC, it is the most ideal place to experience the teachings, concepts and practice of yoga and meditation. Meditation is commonly practiced in order to achieve a balance of mind which helps alleviate the stresses of modern life. It is practiced in most Temples and Buddhist Centres across the country. Whether you are experienced in meditation or a beginner, being surrounded by those who meditate can be an exceptionally peaceful and enlightening experience.
Massage and Day Spas are very popular in Sri Lanka and available at all major hotels and day spa centres. Many of the treatments in hotels and spa centres have been inspired by the ancient healing wisdom qualities of Ayurveda. Other complementary treatments also include Thai and Shiatsu massages and of course aromatherapy treatments.
Indulge yourself and be pampered as you choose from a wide range of relaxing head to toe treatments including beauty treatments to relaxing massages and floral baths with some spas offering a romantic Spa dining experience. Whether you are looking to spoil yourself at the beginning, middle, end or right throughout your precious experience in Sri Lanka, we can organize the ultimate spa experience for you on request.
Hot Water Springs
Hot springs in Sri Lanka are distributed along a narrow land belt running from Hambantota to Trincomalee within the boundary of three main geological plates: the Wanni, Highland and Vijayan complexes. The Madunagala hot spring is located in the Highland and Vijayan boundary. This hot spring is 11, 582ft deep with its water running at a speed of about 645ml per second, and is of varying temperatures.
• Nelum Wewa
• Mutugalwela/ Gurukubura in Maduru Oya national park
Experience the beauty of Nature and Wild Life in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a haven for nature lovers: from whale watching on the southernmost point Dondra Head to an elephant encounter in the Minneriya National Park or an expedition through the rainforest of Sinharaja – the biodiversity of the island is stunning and 13% of Sri Lanka are conserved as national parks, reserves, sanctuaries and jungle corridors.
A safari in one of the 14 national parks offers the chance to see some of Sri Lanka’s 91 mammals (16 endemic) – elephant, leopard, sloth bear, sambhur, spotted deer, hog, mouse- and barking-deer, wild boar, porcupine, ant-eater, civet cat, loris, giant squirrel, and monkeys such as the macaque, purple-faced leaf monkey and grey langur. The island is also an ornithologist’s paradise, with over 233 resident species, (33 endemic) – but migratory species stretch the number to an astounding 482. There are 171 reptiles (101 endemic including two crocodile species).
Legand says that the Hakgala was the royal pleasure garden of the King Rawana of the Ramayana. Connected to same legend is Seetha Eliya a nearby village, where the Princess Seetha was hidden away by Ravana
This is the home of the Bear Monkey or Purple-faced Leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus vetulus) and the Blue Magpie (Cissa oranata) both of which are endemic.
Ritigala Strict Nature Reserve has unique vegetation. Ramayana legend has it that Hanuman was asked to bring a particular medicinal plant, to cure Rama, from the Himalayas.When he got there he forgot what the plant was and so he uprooted a whole patch of the forest and brought it back. On the way he dropped a piece at Ritigala and another at Rumassala in Galle.
The second largest national park in Sri Lanka, Yala is situated in the Southeast part of the island in the dry, semi-arid climate region, bordering the Indian Ocean. The number of mammals recorded at Yala is as high as 44 while it also boasts of one of the highest leopard densities in the world. None other than the majestic Sri Lankan elephant and the leopard, take pride of place at this amazing national park.
It is most famous for the many elephants that live there (about 400 in total). During a visit, it is not unusual to see whole herds of adults and young elephants– feeding or bathing and playing in the water! In addition to this main attraction, the park is home to many water buffalo, water monitor lizards, sambar deer, monkeys and the occasional leopard, as well as being an exciting location for bird enthusiasts.
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
The Sinharaja Forest Reserve, the best-known rainforest in Sri Lanka, is well worth a visit from anyone who is interested in the natural resources of this country. It has been declared a World Heritage Site, because of its unique and high biodiversity. Sinharaja is also a Man and Biosphere Forest Reserve, and a large proportion of the flora in this forest is endemic to the country. Some species are endemic to the Sinharaja Forest itself. Sinharaja also has many species of endemic fauna.
Experience the exciting Sports and Adventure moments in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s variety of mini climates, not only gives it a wealth of fauna and flora but also rugged terrain, high peaks, deep chasms, mountain gaps, high water falls and snaking rivers all ideal for eco, nature-adventures trekking trails for the enthusiast. If its hiking/trekking trails or adventure you are interested in, Sri Lanka’s mist covered central mountains in Ella offers marvellous opportunities.
A sleepy little hamlet in the foothills of the central plains, with one of the main rivers of Sri Lanka “The Kelani” flowing through the town wide and snappy, boast as one of the best adventure venues in Sri Lanka. Kitulgala is more famous as the location of “The Bridge on the river Kwai” acclaimed for winning no less than 07 academy awards in 1957 directed by David Lean.
Today the thrill seekers and the adventurous gather in Kitulgala to enjoy White Water Rafting or camping by a ravine or stream of which many are abound, along with many other opportunities whether they are adventure or leisure oriented.
Once in a life time experiences offered at Kithulgala:
• White Water Rafting
• Flat Water Rafting
• Waterfall Abseiling
• Rain Forest Trails
• Water Fall Trekking
• River Expeditions
• Cycling and Walking Trails
Ella is in essence a gap formed in a mountain range, very famous hot spot with the ardent adventure tourist with it myriad of adventure trails and what a beautiful sight it presents to the tired mind after a long journey. On one side the dark mountain tops with rutted cliffs falls from dizzying heights into out of site gorges where the turbulent yet infant stream of kirindi oya leaps and gambols among the rocks, on the other side green hills dotted with trees falls more gently bending their shaggy side to long winding valleys, creating a magnificent vistas around you.
• Trekking Trips (to Ohiya and Bambarakanda waterfalls)
• Ella Rock Trail
Experience the friendly companion of People in Sri Lanka
Meet the “Folks”
Sri Lankan folks are always helpful and kind from their births. They try to think positive. They always ask you “Did you have you lunch?” because they’re always eager to share with everyone around. They always bear a smile on their faces, no matter how hard their lives are. According to the community they belong to, their thinking patterns, their dressing patterns, their speaking styles are all different.
Meet the “Veddas”
Sri Lanka’s indigenous inhabitants, the Veddas — or Wanniya-laeto (‘forest-dwellers’) as they call themselves – preserve a direct line of descent from the island’s original Neolithic community dating from at least 16,000 BC and probably far earlier according to current scientific opinion.
Meet the “Gypsies”
Gypsies or ‘Ahikuntakaya’ are a minority community in the country, slowly disappearing in their numbers in the face of social change and technology. It is believed that they are descendents from an ancient nomadic tribe who came to Sri Lanka from Andra Pradesh in India many centuries ago. They are a group of people who wonder around the country from place to place, live in tents and earn a basic living by performing as snake charmers, monkey trainers and through palm reading. They also have a certain unique identity that sets them apart.
Experience the mesmerizing Beaches in Sri Lanka
Brilliant white sand and palm-lined: the choice of beaches with the azure-blue Indian Ocean is inexhaustible. Whether well connected trend coasts or lonely bays – Sri Lanka bathes in diversity.
Ambalangoda located in the district of Galle, Sri Lanka, which is also the home of devil dancing and mask making, belongs to the southern coastal area. You can explore this vibrant city while experiencing a relaxing beach holiday.
Located opposite to the district of Colombo along the East coast of the island, this is a gorgeous, world renowned bay which is perfect for pro surfing. The East coast offers infinite possibilities for all kinds of water sports and underwater photography while there are areas with shallow water for you to wade in or snorkel. The many ship-wrecks off the coast are a tempting challenge to the experienced diver.
Located along the East coast of Sri Lanka, Batticaloa is famous for its ‘singing’ fish and picturesque lagoon which is a massive eco system supporting the livelihood of many locals in Sri Lanka.
Located towards the south of Colombo along the infamous south-west coastline, the Bentota Beach consists of a Resort Complex with several resorts, villas, Railway station, post office, shopping arcade, cafeteria and an open air theatre showing folk and mask dancing with clusters of palms dotting the area. This also offers the perfect antidote for a beach holiday with a number of water sports and river cruises available.
Blessed with a wealth of stunning beaches, Sri Lanka is world-renowned as a paradise island for tourists. One of the best locations to watch dolphins and whales swimming around is the Kalpitiya beach. These magnificent sea creatures can be witnessed slightly off the coast. The lagoon is also a popular tourist attraction with a varied eco-system. Thousands of tourists and locals are seen in Kalpitiya to experience an unforgettable beach holiday in Sri Lanka.
Beruwala marks the beginning of a 130 km stretch of beach where resort development has taken immense strides during the past few years making tourists yearn for the perfect sun and sand holiday in the tropics. Safe bathing can be enjoyed in the bay area all year long.
Beach holidays in Sri Lanka would be somewhat incomplete without a trip to Galle. Located south of Colombo, Galle is one of the most important southern town’s offering guests an oldworld charm. Its natural harbour was a famous port in days gone by while the strong ramparts of the Dutch Fort and its many landmarks within, has been named as a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Galle is also known for its beautiful beaches, lace making, ebony carving and gem polishing industries.
Located in the South coast, Hikkaduwa is a place for underwater delights. Well known for its coral gardens, guests can hire a glass bottomed boat or a pair of goggles and flippers and explore the magical underwater life to your hearts’ content. It is advised not to purchase or encourage sale of corals in order to protect the natural environment.
Situated in the northern most tip of Sri Lanka, Jaffna is both a sea port as well as an important city of the island. The rich ancient culture of Jaffna is very interesting while the remnants of the buildings belonging to the Hindu period and of the colonial period denote the living history of Jaffna. Other than the spectacular beaches in Jaffna, there are a number of notable attractions that should be mentioned. The old Dutch forts, the tidal well, the Keerimalai Baths, Chundikulam Sanctuary and a number of Hindu temples are to mention a few.
The Jaffna beaches also draw quite a number of tourists and they too love to bask under the sun in these wonderful sandy coastal areas. The Casuarina Beach which is at Karainagar is the most famous in Jaffna while there are good beaches also at Santhakulam and Thondaimannar.
Kalkudah Beach and Passikudah Bay
Sri Lanka is the ultimate destination for all travellers in search of relaxation combined with excitement. From trying out an amazing water sport activity like snorkelling, wind surfing or jet skiing to just basking under the sun along the beaches of the island, beach holidays in Sri Lanka offers everyone the opportunity to enjoy a great vacation. The delightful sights and sounds of the ocean always surprise visitors with its natural beauty. Kalkudah beach along the east coast is one among the many stunning beaches of Sri Lanka.
The combined beaches of Kalkudah and Passikudah are ideal for safe bathing as the sea is clear, calm and reef-protected.It is a favourite among beach lovers and for those looking for some exciting water sport activity. The Kalkudah beach provides the perfect setting for sun bathing, windsurfing, and skiing. The waters that surround the Kalkudah beach also house a varied number of tropical fish and exotic coral reefs making it the perfect destination for snorkelling in the East coast of Sri Lanka.
The Koggala beach is located about 12 km south of Galle while it also belongs to one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka. Stilt-Fishermen are a familiar sight here.
Less than a two and a half hour drive from the airport, Kalutara is a small yet bustling town which is found along the west coast of Sri Lanka and is well known for its iconic Gangatilaka Viharaya, one of the few Buddhist monuments that permit entry and a true highlight worth visiting. Kalutara’s golden beaches are fringed by magnificent palms and it is also excellent for swimming and enjoying the sun and sand to your heart’s content.
Mannar, the major town on the Mannar Island, is at the southern end, joined to the mainland by a 3 km causeway. Talaimannar, which is near the western end, is about 3 km from the pier that was the arrival and departure point of the ferry for India that operated until 1984.
A little further west, an abandoned lighthouse at the South Point marks the start of Adam’s Bridge, the chain of reefs, sandbanks and islets that almost connects Sri Lanka to India. In the epic Ramayana, the bridge was known as the series of stepping stones that Hanuman used to follow Ravana, the demon king of Lanka, in his bid to rescue Sita.
Situated along the Matara road 4 km southeast of Weligama, Mirissa is known as one of the country’s most beautiful beaches in the southern coastal area of Sri Lanka. Its headland separates its small fishing harbour from its beautiful curve of sandy beaches with calm and clear waters. Mirissa is the alternative for a quieter beach holiday as opposed to Unawatuna or Hikkaduwa.
Mount Lavinia Beach
Located towards the south of Colombo, Mount Lavinia is an immediate Colombo city suburb and the Mount Laviniabeach is one of the better known locations to relax even during colonial times. It lies alongside a windswept headland jutting into the waters of the Indian Ocean. The sand is the softest while the waves are calm and clear. The Governor’s House built in 1805 by Sir Thomas Maitland, now forms part of the famous Mount Lavinia Hotel.
Set amidst lush groves of coconut palms, the town breathes the spirit of the sea. Negombo is a gourmet paradise with plenty of fresh sea food. Old world fishing crafts like the outrigger canoe and the catamaran bring in seer, skip jack, herring and mullet, while lobster and prawns are caught in the lagoon. Various water sports activities can also be enjoyed while Negombo spells out a fun-filled beach holiday in Sri Lanka.
The beach has ample water sports facilities including fishing and sea angling. Whale Watching in the sanctuary is a speciality. Pigeon Island, a ten-minute boat ride from the Nilaveli beach, is an ideal place to skin/scuba dive, or to just have a sun bath. A few metres from the coast is a small rocky island that is good for snorkelling.
Situated south of Colombo, Tangalle is one of the nicest spots along the south coast, particularly if you want somewhere to find a place to laze around and soak up the sun. Tangalle’s series of bays are a modern attraction, while there are private beaches and coves along the coast.
Trincomalee is the ideal refuge for the beach addict with its fine natural harbour while it offers some of the best sea bathing spots in the country. Horatio Nelson, the British admiral of the 18th century had described Trincomalee as the finest natural harbour in the world. The hot wells and the Pigeon Island are the important places of tourist interest in the vicinity. There is an old Portuguese/Dutch Fort which is a reminiscent of the bygone Colonial era.
The beach has been acclaimed amongst one of the 12 best beaches in the world. There is a reef protecting the beach, which makes it safe for bathing. Rumasssala, a rocky outcrop projecting into the sea at Unawatuna is connected to the legend of Ramayana. It is believed to be a piece of mountain that was fallen when Lord Hanuman brought the mountain to Sri Lanka in search of a medicinal herb to treat Laxamana-Rama’s brother who was wounded in battle. The serene surroundings and the Dutch architecture add to the charm of Unawatuna. However, the atmosphere is quite vibrant during the night with many tourists flocking to dance the night away.
Weligama which literally means ‘sandy village’ is a picturesque bay located along the southern coastal belt of Sri Lanka. There is also an off shore islet where a French Count built his dream house. Weligama is where you will see the famous stilt fishermen while the area is also well known for beeralu lace making which had been introduced by the Portuguese.
Polhena beach which is very popular among tourists is located in close proximity to the Matara city. This is an ideal place for scuba diving, surfing and sunbathing etc. It’s a highly famed destination due to its natural swimming pool created by coral reef.