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The South Coast

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The South CoastThe tourism potential of the south coast lies fully tapped , a reason why it is one of the major tourist hubs of the island kingdom. With its white sandy beaches, serene lagoons and towns echoing the colonial years, the south coast is an ideal vacation for the tourists.

The starting point of the most popular beach resorts of the south , Beruwala houses a large number of hotels to meet the ever increasing flow of tourists.

Lying south of Beruwala, Bentota, with its sandy beaches, shallow waters, beach fronts and large hotels, is the ideal Sri Lankan beach holiday. A major attraction is the fresh water lagoon which is also a popular location for water racing.

Famous mostly for it's wooden masks and puppets, Ambalangoda has quite a few beaches too. In addition, there are several famous Buddhist temples close to Ambalangoda. Tourists can stay at the small scale guest houses available in the area.

120 km. from Colombo, it has the distinction of having one of the finest beaches in Sri Lanka. It also serves as a spawning ground for turtles. A major tourist destination, indeed.

Declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO, Galle is the capital of the southern province. The city nestles in the memories of a colourful past with the magnificent Dutch fort as its most popular attraction. The air around is still pervaded by the 300 year old Dutch atmosphere. Also, the ancient colonial buildings lie almost unmolested by skyscrapers.

The ideal place for water sports with coral reefs abounding in tropical fish, clear waters and a magnificient white beachline and ship wrecks for the divers to explore. A profusion of hotels, shops and restaurants have added to its popularity.

Famous for the unique star shaped fort, Matara is also home to several beautiful and less frequented beaches. The 25m high colourful Buddha statue built at Veherahena Temple is another major attraction here. With the terminus of the coastal rail line, it is an important town of the south.