This broadly refers to the stretch of beach between Thalpe next to Unawatuna Bay in the west and Weligama to the east. Of course Unawatuna is a beach at Galle too. It is in fact a suburb of Galle but is best treated separately.
Thalpe is an extention of Unawatuna, with budget guesthouses and beach cabanas that are spillovers from the main beach. As one travels east, the beach is lined by a series of extremely stylish and up-market villas as well as top-end boutique hotels.
Many belong to rich British expats from Singapore and Hong Kong who were among the first to purchase real estate in the emerging ‘Galle Riviera’.
Dickwella, also known as Dikwella and as Dikwella South, is a small coastal market town in the Matara district in Southern province of Sri Lanka. It is located 22 km east of the city of Matara. This a small coastal market town is known for its long sandy beach protected by headlands, reefs and sand-bars, making it safer for swimming and snorkling. It also has Sri Lanka's biggest seated Buddha statue—50 metres (160 ft) tall—and the walls in the rooms behind the statue...
Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. This underdeveloped area was hit hard by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and is undergoing a number of major development. In ancient times this region was the centre of a flourishing civilization, with fertile fields and a magnificent irrigation network. It played an important role in building the nation as well as nurturing the Sri Lankan Buddhist culture. Close to Hambantota, the temple of ...
Kataragama is a pilgrimage town sacred to Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. People from South India also come there to worship. In July and August, thousands of devotees attend the Hindu Kataragama festival, which contrasts with the town’s usual peace and calm. This is one of the most important religious pilgrimage site in Sri Lanka for Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus alike It is believed that King Dutugemunu built a shrine to Kataragama Deviyo.
The small port of Kirinda on the south coast about 10km south of Tissamaharama is a strange and haunting place bypassed by most visitors. Here there is a rocky outcrop from which can be obtained some magnificent views of this desolate coast with its long stretch of sand dunes and the ocean beyond. On a clear day the lighthouse on the Great Basses Reef appears like a needle in the far distance. That's not all, for if you reverse your gaze you can see Tissamaharama in detail, e
Matara is the center of where it all happens on this southernmost strip of Sri Lanka’s famed littoral—some of the best beaches in the country, plus a hinterland packed with history and culture. Dubbed the southern zone’s second city, it lies 160km from the capital Colombo and just 30km east of Galle Fort, itself one of Sri Lanka’s premier tourist attraction.
Mirissa and its glorious palm-fringed sandy crescent beach is perhaps the best-known south-coast resort in Sri Lanka. As well as having the biggest fishing port in the region, well known for its tuna, mullet, snapper and butterfish, it is also one of the leading centers for whale watching.
Tangalle is a big town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. It is one of the largest towns in southern province. It is located 195 km south of Colombo and 35 km east of Matara. Here is the gateway to the wide-open spaces and wide-open beaches of southeast Sri Lanka. It's the last town of any size before Hambantota and has some old world charm. But it is the beaches that are its star attractions.
In Tissamaharama (usually shortened to Tissa), eyes are automatically drawn upwards and outwards. Upwards to the tip of its huge, snowy-white dagoba and outwards, beyond the town’s confines, to a wilderness crawling with creatures large and small, Yala National Park. With its pretty lakeside location, Tissa is a mellow and ideal base for the nearby Yala and Bundala National Parks.
Weligama is a town on the south coast of Sri Lanka, located in Matara District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. The name Weligama, literally means "sandy village" which refers to the area's sandy sweep bay. The name Weligama means ‘Sandy Village’. Located 30km east of the famed Dutch town of Galle, it is a lively blend of international beach resort and Asian fishing town. Get a feel for local life, swim and dive in the Indian Ocean. Altogether...
Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public, and also adjoining parks. This is Jungle Book brought to life, a scenic protected environment that nurtures the best of Sri Lanka’s amazing and diverse wildlife. Elephants, leopards, sloth bears, monkeys, alligators, multicolored exotic birds, they are all here, and the unique region of woodland and open grasslands..