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- The Hummanaya
Blow Hole is a natural fountains, caused when sea water rushes through
a submerged cavern and is pushed upwards. The spray is often as high as 25
meters, giving onlookers a sea bath on land.
- Scuba diving and
are popular in the clear waters of Tangalle. When the seas are calm, from
October to April, beautiful coral reefs, colourful fishes, and even sea turtles
can be spotted. Tangalle Divers scuba shop near the Tangalle Bay Hotel offers
daily trips during the season.
- Turtle watching at
is one of the area’s most popular attractions. The beach is among Sri Lanka’s
most important turtle nesting sites, and a night visit with Turtle Conservation
Project is a chance to learn more about these majestic creatures. Lucky
visitors may see a female turtle as she comes ashore to lay her eggs.
- At the Mulgirigala
Rock Temple ancient rock steps lead the visitor through a series of
natural caves, with unique wall paintings and Buddha statues, and on the
summit. Guides are on site to make the visit more enjoyable.
- A visit to the Traditional Brassworkers
of Angulmaduwa is an interesting stop on the way to Mulgirigala. This village
is famous as the place where Sri Lankan brass work began. Today, artisans
create bells, oil lamps, and other brass items using methods that are centuries
old. Tour the display shop, and buy a brass souvenir of your visit.
- At Bundala
National Park shallow lagoons teem with color as thousands of migratory
birds seek shelter from the northern winters. Flocks of flamingos, plovers,
ducks and other migrants share the wetlands with resident storks, herons, and
egrets. The park also offers a chance to spot elephants, crocodile, jackal, and
- Take a Jungle
River Safari at Amblantota at twilight, and watch as playful monkeys
follow the boat down the winding river. Peacocks settle in the trees for the
night, birds of prey circle overhead, and giant bats take flight, as the
mystery of the jungle surrounds you.
- Ussangoda is a legendary
landing place of Ravana, the evil king of Hindu mythology who piloted his
special peacock chariot across the skies. The area’s landscape is unusual, and
its red earth is barren – possibly the result of a meteor that struck in
- Yala National Park is the island’s most
popular reserve. Yala has one of the world’s largest populations of leopard,
and these secretive creatures can often be seen sunning on the rocks or lying
along the branches of a tree. Even if they’re not on view, a safari is a chance
to see large herds of elephant, sloth bear, and other wildlife.
- The Situlpawwa
Temple, which lies within Yala National Park, dates back over 2,000
years. In fact, the paintings in this rock temple are said to be older than the
famous frescoes at Sirigirya. Climb to the top for a spectacular overview of
- A boat ride on the
is a popular activity. This ancient reservoir was constructed in the 3rd
century BC by an early Sri Lankan king. A tour of the lake today includes a
trip around ‘bird island,’ a bird watcher’s delight with its many bitterns,
herons and egrets.
- Kirinda, with its unique
temple, rocky beach and spectacular views, is only 10 km from Tissamaharama.
From the rocks a statue of an early queen looks out over the sea; representing
a part of Sri Lanka’s heritage and a dynasty that reigned for centuries. On a
clear day, the famous lighthouse at Great Basses Reef appears in the distance
- Udawalawa Elephant
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