Activities

Mirissa whale watching

Mirissa whale watching

Whale and dolphin watching in Mirissa is one of the most exciting experiences you can enjoy in Sri Lanka during your holiday. In warm Indian Ocean you can see Blue whales, Bryde´s whales, Sperm whales, Fin whales, rarely Killer whales, and Common dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, Spinner dolphins, Risso's dolphins and Striped dolphins. Bluefin tuna and flying fish too could surprise you!

Galle fort

Galle fort

Galle Fort, in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance, due to extensive reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka

The fort has a colorful history, and today has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population. The Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world. The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria IV, for its unique exposition of "an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

 

Madol Duwa

Koggala - Madol Duwa

Madol Duwa is the famed island in Koggala which was the inspiration and base for the famous Sri Lankan book and the film “Madol Duwa scripted by the famous Sri Lankan author Martin Wickramasingha and the famous authors home is now the Koggala museum preserving valuable culture, customs and folks. Visitors can enjoy the boat rides in the lagoon and to explore islands and the bio diversity around the koggala site. Also it is a perfect place for bird watching since hundreds of birds are flying to roost when the sun sinks in the lagoon!

Unawatuna

Unawatuna

Unawatuna is a flawless crescent of golden sand that sweep along a palm-lined shore with turquoise waters that had just enough surf to make for ideal swimming necessity. Unawatuna is highly rich in biodiversity and also inherit mythical roots reciting a tales of famous Ramayanaya!

Kathaluwa Old Temple

Kathaluwa Old Temple

Dating back to the 13th century, the Kathaluwa Purwarama Temple proudly stands on the southern coastal town of Koggala and allows devotees to pay homage at one of the most scenic sanctuaries in the country. Art lovers would be treated to a true spectacle finely crafted art that adorn the interior parts of the temple. The murals which are believed to be over 200 years old house an abundance of enchanting tales worth paying close attention to. Visitors should head over to one of the most colourful statuettes in the complex which is the guardian figure in abhaya. Let your eyes lead you to celestial garden on a wall nearby that depicts a pair of kinnaras who are referred to as ‘lovebirds’. From ‘jataka katas’ to even Europeans playing instruments, these would be some of the murals that one would come across while touring this fascinating place on the south coast of the emerald isle.

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Hikkaduwa Glass boat rides

Hikkaduwa beach located 16 km from Galle is one such bay which you cannot miss out and it is the only Sri Lankan marine sanctuary resourced with rare corals and tropical fish. The underwater world of colourful corals and beautiful shoals of fish can be explored either by snorkeling or taking a ride in a glass bottom boat. Hikkaduwa has something to offer to everyone…coral for snorkelers, waves for surfers and white pristine beaches for those who want to relax and enjoy Sun and sand.

Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya

Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya

Just 4km inland from Unawatuna, the Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya is a quiet rock temple with a 9m reclining Buddha. The rock temple have sheltered monks for 1500 years and its wall mural arts and paintings are colourfully religious and the view of paddy fields as you ascend is strikingly calm.

Tea Cultivation

Tea Cultivation

It is soothing to feel the slightly chilled breeze and the view of Tea cultivated mountains reaching the sky while making different shades of green. Bathing in sun and breathing in salty air, the southern tea gives a distinctively unique taste of Ruhuna.