History

History In Deep South

The name Hambantota was derived from the Sinhala words ‘hamban’ and ‘thota’. Hamban was used to describe a certain variety of sailing device created by joining two boats together, and thota means ‘port’. So Hambantota really was the” port for hambans”. Needless to say, Hambantota’s location played a significant role throughout history and still does with Hambantota city serving as the main port of the south. 

Centuries ago it was a profitable trading stop for sailors and traders but evolved to become an important agricultural centre in 200 BC, a preserver of culture for the Sinhalese people and Buddhism, and then an administrative hub during colonial times. Hambantota is still a significant stop during the annual Pada Yatra pilgrimage heading to Kataragama, an ancient tradition that started centuries ago. 


Buddhist old temple of Mulkirigala in the sunlight in Sri Lanka. Mulkirigala Raja Maha Vihara is an ancient Buddhist rock and cave temple complex. It is one of main travel attractions of Sri Lanka.