Galle Fort

The Capital city of the Southern Province, Galle Fort was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century and is designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The old part of town is compact so you can explore by foot. A tour of the fort's fortified walls is the highlight of a visit to Galle.

Martin Wickramasinghe Museum of Folk Culture

This museum dedicated to Sri Lanka's most famous writer presents a rare collection of folk art and implements from different parts of the Island. The items are arranged under twenty five different categories representing handicrafts, folk art and music, cottage industries, agriculture, folk medicines, costumes, religion etc. www.martinwickramasinghe.org

 
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Purvaramaya Viharaya

a couple of kilometers past the resort lies the hamlet of Kathaluwa where you find Purvaramaya Viharaya, a most interesting Buddhist temple with 200 year old murals depicting Jataka Tales from Buddhist scriptures. These murals give an excellent insight to the lifestyle and customs of the Dutch and English colonial times.


Stilt fishing at Ahangama

A few kilometers from the resort is something unique to the island, fishermen perched on sticks planted in the sea and fishing with a rod and line. This ancient form of fishing requires great skill and is practiced only in this region.


 

Tea Plantations

One of the things Sri Lanka is most famous for is its tea. Visit a low country tea estate a few kilometers from the resort and learn more about the processes involved in getting that cup of tea to your table. Cinnamon Plantations - Sri Lanka was famed for its spices and the Southern Province produces the best Cinnamon in the world. There are several Cinnamon plantations near the resort where you could see how this prized spice is produced.


Koggala Lake

The largest lake in the island, Koggala lake is an unspoilt ecological haven a few hundred metres away from the resort. The small islands scattered in the lake ideal for bird watching at sunset.


 
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Unawatuna Beach

One of the finest locations in the world for surfing, Unawatuna Bay offers an idyllic bay with plenty of water sports and nightlife.


Sinharaja Forest Reserve

Situated approximately 50 km away, it's the last major, undisturbed area of rainforest in Sri Lanka. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has hundreds of species of animals unique to Sri Lanka.

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Kanneliya Forest Reserve

This reserve contains 81% of the woody plant species endemic to Sri Lanka. After an invigorating trek through the jungle you can cool down with a bath under the unspoilt waters of the Kanneliya Waterfall. Nearby Kottawa Forest Reserve is another must visit site for nature lovers. A live herbarium with plants and trees gives you the chance to learn more about Sri Lanka's floral heritage.


Kirale Kelle Estuary

This is an estuary located about 30 kilometres from Koggala. A large marshland with abundant belt of mangroves and scrub forest, this reserve contains hundreds of species of birds, reptiles, butterflies and fish. Kirala Kelle area is classified as a medium status biodiversity area.