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  • Highlights of Galle and the south coast

    Highlights of Galle and Sri Lanka’s south coast

    Southern Sri Lanka offers a combination of beaches, historic towns and nature reserves. As well as the numerous places to visit in Galle itself including the fascinating Galle Fort, there are many other sights to see on the south coast.

    Beaches and bays on the south coast

    Unawatuna: Unawatuna is a beautiful crescent-shaped sandy beach, 5 km east of Galle. Acclaimed as one of the top beaches of the world, it is about 1 km long and discreetly lined with beachside guest houses and cafés, creating a young and trendy atmosphere. This bay was badly hit during the Tsunami but most of the properties have now been re-built. People do snorkel and dive here on a reef and you can go out on a glass-bottom boat. It can be easily reached by car, bike or 3-wheeler if you are staying in Galle or Thalpe.
    Where to stay: Amangalla, a blend of Aman luxury and colonial splendour; or The Dutch House, a boutique residence with just four bedrooms furnished in exquisite style.

    Thalpe: Located 8 km from Galle Fort, Thalpe has a fashionable stretch of golden sand fringed by coconut palms and Indian Ocean. It is now lined with exclusive villas and small boutique hotels which embody the influence of Geoffrey Bawa, the famous Sri Lankan architect of designs with open spaces to the sea. In season, sea turtles are seen laying their eggs here on the beach.
    Where to stay: Era Beach, a small boutique hotel offering pure relaxation and comfort; or Apa Villas, a stylish villa epitomising tropical, laid-back beach living.

    Koggala: The soft sand beaches of Koggala are quite narrow and dotted with stilt fishermen. Near The Fortress Hotel, there is a folk museum in the home of Martin Wickramasinghe, one of Sri Lanka’s most important writers of the 20th century. The well-preserved buildings are filled with displays dedicated to his life and work and a collection of hand-made tools, toys, carriages and implements, giving a fascinating insight into Sri Lanka’s folk history and rural life. North of the coast road lies the vast expanse of Koggala Lake, a haven for migratory birds. Local boat trips will usually take you to two or three of the 11 islands, one of which is a bird sanctuary. The lake serves as the landing and departure point for the sea planes of the Sri Lankan Airlines air taxi service to/from Colombo and Bentota. Koggala is also the base for a domestic (military) airport, garment factories and a batik factory. Cinnamon plantations abound in the hinterland and you can visit a ‘low country’ tea plantation and factory where Ceylon tea and white organic tea are produced (the latter being the world's most expensive tea, plucked by unmarried girls).
    Where to stay: The Fortress, an elegant and refined hotel with superb ocean views; or Kahanda Kanda, a luxury countryside retreat offering relaxation and romance.

    Weligama Bay: The beautiful Weligama Bay stretches from Weligama right round to Mirissa, two small fishing towns, and is blessed with soft, sandy beaches ideal for daily walks, runs and impromptu games of cricket. It has good surfing waves and a fine sand bottom, attracting experienced as well as first-time surfers. There are some sheltered waters for snorkelling in the calm season and scuba divers can enjoy discovering old shipwrecks offshore. Mirissa is the main embarkation point for deep-sea fishing and whale-watching trips between December and April, when there is a good chance of sighting blue whales and spinner dolphins. Matara is an important provincial town with Dutch Fort ramparts and a University that is housed in impressive buildings designed by Geoffrey Bawa. The nearby Dondra lighthouse is Sri Lanka’s most southerly point.
    Where to stay: Weligama Bay Resort, a boutique hotel with breathtaking views over the Indian Ocean; or Taprobane Island, a private island retreat which is luxurious and indulgent.

    Tangalle: Tangalle is a quaint town with a number of provincial offices, partly set on a hill that affords pleasant views across the coast. Its fishing harbour was badly damaged during the tsunami. The coastline around Tangalle is one of long stretches of sand and hidden coves, bordering dense coconut plantations and tropical forest. It is full of the marvels of nature such as the Hoo-Maniya Blow Hole and sea turtles that lay their eggs on the shore (at Rekawa). Snorkelling in the sheltered, clear waters during the calm season reveals the beauty of the sea life. Further east from Tangalle, the scenery changes noticeably to mark the start of the dry zone, arriving at the provincial town of Hambantota, This is currently the focus of investment with new buildings, roads, industries, port and an airport on the way. It has a large Malay-muslim population and is the salt capital of Sri Lanka, with saltpans everywhere. Inland on the outskirts of the Yala ‘zone’, lie Tissamaharama, with its spiritual dagobas and Tissa Wewa (an ancient ‘tank’), and Kataragama, one of the three most venerated religious sites in Sri Lanka, held sacred by Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims alike. Throngs of pilgrims bear fruit platter offerings here, particularly at evening puja (7 pm onwards).
    Where to stay: The Beach House, offering barefoot luxury on a beautiful white sand beach.

    The South-Eastern National Parks
    Enjoy enthralling wildlife safaris by jeep in the national parks of Yala, Uda Walave and Bundala – best in the early morning or late afternoon. For something unique, we can arrange for you to stay overnight in Mahoora Luxury Safari Camps, tented camps offering exceptional service in the remote wilderness.

    Uda Walawe National Park: Uda Walawe is good place to see elephants in the wild as there are known to be up to 350 of them residing in the park. This is dry savannah-like terrain, very hot with some wooded areas, a river and lagoons. Sightings are frequent of water buffalo, grey langur monkeys and migratory birds such as woolly-necked storks, and maybe a crocodile or two. There is also an Elephant Transit Home near the entrance to the park (separate fee), supported by WWF, where you can see young elephants up to 5 years old roaming free or feeding in the enclosure 3 or 4 times a day. Uda Walawe can be visited on a day excursion from Tangalle (1.5 hours drive each way) or other hotels along the south coast, though it will take up to 4 hours to drive from Galle. For something very special, stay one or two nights in a luxury tented camp inside Uda Walawe National Park (see our Nature & Wildlife section), giving you the chance to experience the night-time sounds of the wilderness and starry skies, maybe sighting nocturnal anteaters or the rare slender loris.
    Where to stay: Amanwella, offering tranquil luxury on a secluded sandy cove located ninety minutes drive away from Uda Walawe National Park.

    Yala National Park: Yala covers an area of 965 square kilometres and became a wildlife reserve in 1938. The park is believed to have one of the highest densities of leopards in the world and therefore offers one of the best chances to see these animals in the wild. You are likely to see elephants, sambhur, spotted deer, wild boar and occasionally sloth bear, mongoose or mugger crocodile. This is very dry, sun-scorched terrain with little shade, bordered by a starkly beautiful coastline and interspersed with watering holes. Yala can be visited on a day excursion from Tangalle (3 hours drive each way). It is advisable to stay overnight at Yala Village near the park entrance in order to fully enjoy the Yala experience (see our Nature & Wildlife section).
    Where to stay: Chaaya Wild, an eco-friendly resort in a jungle setting only five minutes drive from Yala National Park.

    Bundala National Park: Bundala is a coastal wetland, with shallow, brackish lagoons. Mainly for bird-watching – greater flamingos (especially in September), peacocks, babblers, bulbuls, cormorants, open-billed storks, egrets, blackheaded ibis, yellow wattled lapwing, pheasant-tailed jacana, snake birds and Brahman kites. Macaque monkeys and water buffalo are frequently seen, sometimes elephants and the secretive porcupines (or at least their holes!) This is very hot terrain, offering little shade. Bundala can be visited on a day excursion from Tangalle (2 hours drive), or when staying at Yala Village, or en route between the Tea country and Tangalle.
    Where to stay: Chaaya Wild, offering eco-friendly facilities in a peaceful and solitary setting thiry minutes drive from Bundala National Park.

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