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Hikkaduwa

The beach of Hikkaduwa is situated 98 km from Colombo towards the south of Sri Lanka. This fun coastal town, 14 km away from Galle was the first (1960’s) of Sri Lanka’s beautiful beaches to be discovered by tourists. Snorkelling and diving in the clear waters are a major past-time along this stretch and is the most environmentally friendly way to see the colourful fish that dart around.

Galle

The seaside town of Galle is 116 Km away from Colombo by road or rail, down the south coast of Sri Lanka. Both routes are picturesque, following the coastline closely for much of the way. You can also take the Southern Expressway if you need to reach the city by half the time but there is not much scenery to admire.

Unawatuna

Unawatuna can be reached by the Colombo-Galle (A2) main Motor road, the Southern Expressway as well as by the southern Railway line that presently runs from Colombo to Matara via Galle.  Unawatuna, nestled along Sri Lanka's southern coast, captivates with its palm-fringed shores and azure waters. Renowned for its pristine beaches and vibrant coral reefs, it's a haven for snorkelers and sun-seekers alike. The town exudes a laid-back charm, offering a blend of local culture, delectable cuisine, and tranquil ambiance.

Weligama

The Weligama bus station is in the centre of the town of Weligama, which is one block inland from the bay. Weligama railway station is another block inland from the bus station. Directly opposite the railway station is the small post office of the town. Close to the post office are a few local banks.  Weligama, a picturesque coastal town in southern Sri Lanka, is famed for its sweeping golden beaches and renowned surf breaks. Nestled amidst coconut groves, it offers a tranquil escape with its laid-back vibe and scenic beauty. Weligama's bustling fishing harbor and stilt fishermen add to its charm, while nearby attractions include historic temples and wildlife sanctuaries.

Koggala

Koggala is a strange strip of abandoned holiday resorts, 5 star hotels and ATM machines. The beaches are definitely not crowded while the Koggala River and Koggala Lake attract many nature lovers. Koggala is a wide stretched village on Sri Lanka‘s South Coast with beautiful beaches and some of the best surf spots on the island.

Tangalle

The palm fringed bay and picturesque coves of Tangalle are a natural treasure. This is a lazy town littered with gentle reminders of the Dutch days of the 18th century and beautiful villas looking out over the shimmering sands of Seenimodera. Located 195 kilometres form the beautiful capital of Colombo and 35km east of Matara, is a pleasant fishing port situated on one of the finest and largest bays in the island, which is protected from the ocean by an enclosing reef.

Hambantota

Hambantota can be reached by scenic A2 coastal motor way (241km) from Colombo as well as by A8 motor way and A18 (221km) motor way travelling through the country side.  Hambantota, located on Sri Lanka's southeastern coast, boasts a blend of natural beauty and modern development. Home to the country's second-largest port, it's a hub of commercial activity. The region's diverse landscape includes pristine beaches, wildlife reserves like Yala National Park, and cultural attractions such as the ancient Sithulpawwa Rock Temple.

Kataragama

The main shrine devoted to Skanda popularly described in eulogies as God having six faces and twelve arms whose assistance is sought for worldly gain. The history of the shrine dates back to 2 century BC. The annual procession held in July or August is the main event of the shrine with fire walkers and Kawadi dancers. Offering to the got are made at 4.30am 10.30am and 6.30pm daily.

Ahangama

Ahangama, situated along Sri Lanka's southern coast, is a serene coastal village renowned for its pristine beaches and laid-back atmosphere. Surrounded by lush greenery and swaying palm trees, it offers an idyllic retreat for travelers seeking tranquility. Ahangama is also a popular destination for surfing enthusiasts, with its consistent waves and uncrowded breaks attracting surfers from around the world.

Ahungalla

Ahungalla, nestled on Sri Lanka's southwestern coast, entices visitors with its pristine beaches and tranquil ambiance. Surrounded by lush coconut groves, it offers a serene retreat for travelers seeking relaxation. The town is also known for its traditional stilt fishing and vibrant local culture, making it a charming destination to explore.

Elpitiya

 Elpitiya, situated in the Galle District of Sri Lanka, is a quaint town known for its scenic beauty and tranquil atmosphere. Surrounded by lush greenery and rolling hills, it offers a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The town is also famous for its rich cultural heritage, with historic temples and traditional festivals showcasing its vibrant local traditions.

Ambalangoda

 Ambalangoda, a coastal town nestled in Sri Lanka's southern province, is renowned for its rich cultural heritage and traditional art forms. Famous for its intricate mask-making industry, it hosts vibrant festivals like the Ambalangoda Perahera, showcasing colorful parades and traditional dances. Its palm-fringed beaches and serene atmosphere attract both local and international visitors seeking an authentic Sri Lankan experience.

Balapitiya

Balapitiya, nestled along Sri Lanka's southwestern coast, is a charming coastal town known for its picturesque landscapes and tranquil ambiance. Surrounded by lush mangrove forests and pristine beaches, it offers a serene retreat for travelers seeking relaxation. The area is also popular for boat safaris along the Madu River, where visitors can explore its rich biodiversity and vibrant local culture.

Dickwella

 Dickwella, located on Sri Lanka's southern coast, is renowned for its stunning beaches and laid-back atmosphere. The crescent-shaped Dickwella Beach offers golden sands and crystal-clear waters, perfect for swimming and sunbathing. The area is also famous for the iconic Dickwella Blowhole, a natural wonder where seawater erupts dramatically into the air. Visitors can also explore nearby attractions like the Wewurukannala Vihara temple with its towering Buddha statue.

Dodanduwa

Dodanduwa, situated on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, is a charming coastal village known for its scenic beauty and rich cultural heritage. Surrounded by palm-fringed beaches and serene backwaters, it offers a tranquil retreat for travelers seeking relaxation. The area is also famous for traditional stilt fishing and vibrant local markets, where visitors can experience the authentic flavors and culture of Sri Lanka.

Habaraduwa

Habaraduwa, nestled along Sri Lanka's southern coast, enchants visitors with its pristine beaches and tranquil ambiance. Surrounded by coconut palms and turquoise waters, it offers an idyllic escape for those seeking serenity. The area is also known for its traditional fishing villages, where travelers can immerse themselves in local culture and witness the age-old practice of stilt fishing.

Kirinda

Kirinda, located on the southeastern coast of Sri Lanka, is a picturesque coastal village steeped in history and natural beauty. Famous for its ancient Kirinda Temple, perched atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the Indian Ocean, it attracts pilgrims and tourists alike. The area also boasts pristine beaches, perfect for relaxing and enjoying stunning sunsets, as well as opportunities for wildlife spotting, with nearby Yala National Park renowned for its diverse fauna, including leopards and elephants.

Talalla

Talalla, nestled along Sri Lanka's southern coast, is a hidden gem renowned for its pristine beaches and laid-back atmosphere. Surrounded by swaying palm trees and turquoise waters, it offers a secluded retreat for travelers seeking tranquility. The area is also popular among surfers for its consistent waves and uncrowded breaks, making it an ideal destination for both relaxation and adventure.

Thalpe

Thalpe, situated on Sri Lanka's southwestern coast, is a tranquil coastal village known for its pristine beaches and colonial charm. Surrounded by lush greenery and swaying palm trees, it offers a serene retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The area is also renowned for its historic Dutch colonial architecture and luxurious boutique hotels, making it a popular destination for travelers seeking a blend of relaxation and cultural exploration.

Matara

Matara, located on Sri Lanka's southern coast, is a vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage and stunning coastal scenery. It boasts historical landmarks like the Dutch Fort, along with picturesque beaches such as Polhena and Mirissa. Matara is also known for its lively markets, bustling streets, and traditional Sinhalese architecture, offering visitors a glimpse into the island's diverse culture and history.

Mirissa

 Mirissa, nestled along Sri Lanka's southern coast, is renowned for its breathtaking beaches and laid-back vibe. With its golden sands and turquoise waters, it's a paradise for sun-seekers and surfers alike. Mirissa is also famous for whale watching excursions, offering the chance to spot majestic blue whales and playful dolphins in their natural habitat. Additionally, the town boasts vibrant beachside cafes and bars, perfect for enjoying spectacular sunsets and delicious seafood.

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