North West Coast - Travel Attractions

West to North West – While the West of Sri Lanka is more populated than other regions of the country, there are still some hidden gems and cultural distinctions that can’t be found in many other places. Also, due to Negombo’s proximity to the international airport, the West Coast makes for a convenient launching pad to begin your journey

Sri Lanka’s  North west coast line is the island’s front door where the international airport located – via the international airport at Katunayake just outside Colombo. As well as some of the most beautiful beaches on Island paradise of Sri lanka 

 

North West Coast Negombo:

Once ruled by the Dutch, Portuguese and the British, today Negombo’s identity is more of a casual and slow-paced beach town.

There are beautiful reefs right off the coast for diving enthusiasts and also cultural heritage sites consisting of old forts, churches and temples 

Beaches-of-north-West

Marawila:

Just a bit north of Negombo is , another beautiful beach town with a relaxed vibe and many great places to stay.  There a coastal road offering breathtaking, oceanic views. Marawila is also known for its local coconut cultivation.

Chilaw

North West Chilaw: 

Heading north you will run into the larger town of Chilaw. Just about 10 km north you can find the Munneswaram Temple complex consisting of Hindu temples and Buddhist temples. The temple dates back to early in the 11th century and is currently a main site for religious practice and festivals.

North West Coast Islands Kalpitiya:

 Known as a gorgeous fishing town and marine sanctuary, Kalpitiya is located just a bit north in the Puttalam District. Spanning 14 different island’s, diverse habitats such as dune beaches, salt

Kalpitiya

marshes, mangrove swamps and bar-reefs create one of a kind environment for a nice family outing. Partake in some watersports, kite-surfing (famous for kite-surfing) or do the backstroke with some dolphins.

Kalpitiya is famous for its dolphin population and if you visit between December and April you will be able to spot some Sperm whales and the occasional Blue whale.

Wilpattu

 Wilpattu National Park:

Continue to witness the natural brilliance of Sri Lanka and stop by the national park just about 25 km north of Puttalam.

Spanning an immense 425 square miles from the north-west coast all the way to Anuradhapura, making it Sri Lanka’s largest park with a vast array of flora, fauna and wild-life.

The park is world renowned for its leopard population, in addition to elephants, the sloth bear and water buffalo. Lots of accommodation availability and great safari tours.Wilpattu-National-Park2

Mannar Island:

 This Island of the Mannar District in north-west Sri Lanka is connected to the mainland by a causeway and only about 30 km from India.

Mannar

Due to its  geographical location (proximity to India) and large population of Muslim inhabitants, the island became a safe-town for refugees and was heavily hit during the war. 

Today, Mannar Island is not a huge tourist hot-spot, but it does have beautiful, white sand, palm trees an even wild donkeys! About 13 km from Mannar on the mainland is Thiruketheeswaram Kovil, which is one of five historic temples built to look over Sri Lanka from natural disaster.

 

 

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