Introduction to the South Coast Beach Resorts of Sri Lanka
The relatively undeveloped south coast of Sri Lanka provides an exciting alternative to the long beaches of the west and offers exciting activities on the water and cultural sites on land. Easily accessible by road from Galle or a scenic route from the tea country, or by air via the newly opened Matara International Airport near Hambantota, it can be included in a tour itinerary or after a safari in one of the south-eastern National Parks like Udawalawe.
The coastline here consists of more secluded, coral-protected sandy bays and headlands, interspersed with rural fishing villages and a small handful of more sizeable towns. This area is also famous for its distinctive stilt fishermen. The south coast has something to offer anyone wishing to escape busier tourist spots and discover the rich culture and water activities.
Between November and April the migration of blue whales and sperm whales takes place off the coast of Mirissa and boat trips for the best offshore whale-watching and dolphin viewing is arranged. Mirissa also has a popular beach and nightlife with several good hotels and exciting surfing opportunities.
For diving, the south coast is a superb destination, particularly near Dickwella, with coral reefs just offshore and even shipwrecks to discover.
Inland the main attractions include The Mulkirigala rock temple dating back almost 2,000 years as the site of a Buddhist monastery, the Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary, protecting four threatened endemic species. And the Rekawa Turtle Conservation project where five species of turtle can be observed laying their eggs.
Take a look at the hotels along the South Coast offered by Holiday Designers.
Alternatively there are beautiful white sandy beaches on the unspoilt East Coast. The best months to visit the East Coast is May – October. Take a look at the hotels on the East Coast.
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