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
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