Things to do in Southern Sri Lanka.
Head to southern Sri Lanka to see the untapped Marvelous beaches in Weligama, Matara, Tangalla etc. These beaches were spared by the tourism in the past due to the long journey from the Airport. But today, with the opening of the expressway, it is just a matter of 2 hours drive to reach it from Colombo. They are still not as crowded as Bnetota beach, Negombo and Kalutara. If you are a kind of person who values the calm, serene atmosphere and like to have peace of mind, then go to southern Sri Lanka beaches before it gets crowded. International hotel chains are slowly starting to build large-scale accommodation facilities in the region. With the opening of the International airport and international harbour, Southern Sri Lanka is well on the way to become a major tourist destination in the future.
Southern Sri Lanka posses an interesting blend of nature, culture, history of the southern part of the country. It is the home for many national parks such as Yala, Udawalawa and Kumana. Abundance if historical sites including Tissa, Kataragama, Kirinda keep southern Sri Lanka as an important place to study the rich historical past of Sri Lanka.
The hinterland of Down South Sri Lanka has remained much the same as it was in the days when monarchs-in-exile concealed themselves in cave-monasteries or jungle hideouts in its remote recesses or rebel heroes galloped along those devious pathways that momentarily yielded a narrow clearing to be almost immediately curtained off by the thick briars and impenetrable foliage densely growing on either side, after they had passed by; in those distant times when merchants pluckily plodded in their bullock-drawn carts and wagons to buy and sell the produce they collected from the innumerable villages. Today these remote hamlets in Deep South are popular places for the beach holiday in Sri Lanka. Large numbers of travellers flock to pristine beaches that invite for a peaceful holiday in Sri Lanka.
What are the things that you can do on a holiday in southern Sri Lanka? A question with many answers, however, what isn’t there to do in southern Sri Lanka? With so many natural and man-made attractions and things to do in southern Sri Lanka spanning from Yala national park to Kataragama temple through the downtown of Tissamaharama. You need many days to round up all the places with a visit. But with so much of interesting places to visit, southern Sri Lanka was out of the scope of areas that considered being places for a holiday in Sri Lanka. Perhaps, it was because of the long distance from the Colombo international airport. It had taken as much as 7 hours to reach southern Sri Lanka before the opening of the southern expressway.
Today southern Sri Lanka has become an emerging holiday hotspot on the island. The southern part of Sri Lanka is booming as a holiday hot-spot and infrastructure is also improving on par with the increasing demand for facilities. It has never been so easy to travel to the southern tip of the country before. New international airport and the international harbour provide the new opening to the island for the international holiday lovers. A large number of hotels and other forms of accommodation are being added to this emerging holiday destination. Don’t wait till it is too late to explore this fascinating corner of the island.
Shipwreck, Beach hopping and surfing
Most travellers don’t think that the Southern coastal belt offers many interesting places for beach holidays and diving. If you plan to spend your beach holiday in Southern Sri Lanka, you have chosen one of the best places for your holiday. The pristine beaches of southern coast are perhaps the lot better than the beaches of the west coast, which is the most popular beach holiday destination in Sri Lanka. Unlike the west and east coast beaches in southern coast such as Mirissa and Unawatuna is suitable for sea bath at any given time of the year. Have a leisurely stroll along the borders of the Indian Ocean and enjoy the interesting formation of nooks, bays, mangroves, sand dunes, small tide pools and swaying palms along the way.
The southern sea off the Dewundara is the international naval route between the west and east and this was in use as early as the pre-Christian era. Even today hundreds of ships traverse this area on the daily basis. The great barrier few kilometres from the Sri Lanka coast near the naval route is the giant coral reef that caused many ships to perish in the region, in the early days. Therefore, the southern sea is a popular spot for diving enthusiasts in the island. It is one of the best places to explore the shipwrecks. Some of the shipwrecks here are dating back to many centuries and today they are dwelling places of various sea creatures such as exotic fish species, sea plants and coral species.
Narigama, the surfing hot spot in southern coast is just a few kilometres from Matara. The waves and wind are very favourable for surfing on the southern coast especially in places such as Tallalla. The waves rise up to 3ft during the months of December, January and February. These are the most crowded months of the surfing spots in southern Sri Lanka.
The blowhole is one of the most visited natural tourist attractions in Sri Lanka, which located in the south-west corner of the island. The blowhole is situated in the village of Dikwella and it is about 15 kilometres from Matara. This natural attraction is visited by a large number of local and foreign tourists. Blowhole makes a very beautiful sight when it pushes water into the sky. This natural fountain is not occurring very often but it occurs occasionally.
In geology, the blowhole is formed as sea caves grow landwards and upwards into vertical shafts and expose themselves towards the surface, which can result in quite spectacular blasts of water from the top of the blowhole if the geometry of the cave and blow hole and state of the weather are appropriate.
Visiting Katuwana Fort
Twenty miles from Tangalle, on the road which passes Walasmulla and Kirama, is the little known Katuwana Dutch fort. The fort stands on a low round hill and overlooks a river which bends around its base.
To the east of this hill, there lies flat country covered with low jungle and thicket. This matted curtain hides from view the few small villages which have saved the track from being described as an absolute wilderness. On the south and west, a similar type of country stretches into the distances; but to the north, there lies a forest-clad mountain range on whose side, in the bright morning of the north-east monsoon, each tree stands clearly defined. In the hot weather this range shimmers in the heat and looks more mirage than land; and in the wet months of May-July, it looms vague as a bank of cloud.
In all these vagaries of mood, this great irregular rampart separated the plain where the Dutch held sway from the realms of the Kandyans. It was the one object visible from the little fort that mattered, for from its heights there dropped the only track which for miles on either side of it gave access to the plains. From this pass might issue at any time a force of nimble Kandyan who would swarm over the plains, plunder whom they dared, and generally regain their hills successfully.