South Coast Travel Attractions - Destinations

South Coast – The South Coast of Sri Lanka is a wonderful confluence of local and national traditions. Even more so than the East Coast, there is a distinct rhythm towards a more relaxed lifestyle. Much of the local economies revolve around fishing, coconut cultivation, as well as rice cultivation.

South Coast of Sri lanka beautiful tropical traveller paradise. The serene natural beauty of endless  stretches of powdery beaches merging with turquoise waters!

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produce a magnetic pull that is hard to break away from. The South Coast is often times described as magical, so don’t be surprised if you see local fisherman walking on water!

South Coast  Bentota Town:  

Located on the south-west coast of the Galle District, Bentota is famous for its turtle hatchery on Induruwa Beach, toddy production (a coconut drink with alcohol) and watersports.

 

Locals also practice the ancient healing art called Ayurveda, (a holistic healing approach dating back to 3,000 BC), so relax on Bentota Beach and visit an Ayurveda center for whatever ails you.

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Garden and architecture enthusiasts will definitely want to check out Lunuganga, which was created by the widely known Geoffrey Bawa and is described by many as a ‘garden in paradise.’

 South Coast Hikkaduwa:  Another small town on the South  

Coast is Hikkaduwa and is considered to be the second best surfing town in Sri Lanka behind Arugam Bay. There is also a vibrant nightlife for all of the local and international surf enthusiasts to enjoy.

Rampant over development and the wrong forms of planning have left Hikkaduwa in a state of shock, but many feel the town is on the rise again and can learn from its past.

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Galle Fort :

 This fort is known to be the best preserved in all of South Asia and is sits close to the southern-most point of Sri Lanka.

Originally built around 1560 by the Portuguese, Galle Fort fell into Dutch hands from around the mid-17th century where it reached the pinnacle of development in the 18th century. In-scripted as a World Heritage site in 1988.  

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Dondra Head Lighthouse:

Also close to the country’s southern-most point is the Dondra Head Lighthouse. Built late in the 19th century with materials imported from Britain, the lighthouse is still in use today and offers a wonderful view of Dondra Head and out-stretches of the island.  

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Weligama:

The Matara District on the South Coast is home to Weligama, which means ‘Sandy Village.’ Weligama has a vibrant mix of tourism and local fishing industries.

This beautiful coastal town has everything to offer in regards to water/tourist activities and is also one of the locations you may see some fisherman walking on water with their stilts!

 

Mirissa:

Another town in the Matara District is Mirissa, which is the largest fishing port on the South Coast. Furthermore, this is also the most famous town for whale and dolphin watching

 

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Tangalle:

 One of the largest towns on the South Coast in the Hambantata District. In addition to relaxing on Medilla, Mawella (small & quiet beach) Medaketiya or Goyambokka Beach, be sure to check out the Mulkirigala Rock Temple.

The temple sits about 200 m high on a giant boulder consisting of wonderful works of art, statues and several caves spread throughout the entirety of the temple.

Similar to the Dambulla Temple, just a bit smaller in size.  It is definitely a must see if you are in the area and it tends not to be nearly as crowded as other touristic sites in Sri Lanka.

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 Hummanaya:

The Matara District is also home to the world’s second largest hummanaya or blowhole, located in Dikwella.   

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