Beaches are not just for sunbathing on, as any surfer will tell you. Especially in Sri Lanka, one of the most reliable surf destinations in the Indian Ocean. Since the early 60’s Sri Lanka attracts surfers from all over the world. The best surf points in Sri Lanka are located on the South
Standing before this monumental seated Buddha statue as it gazes down from within its roofed and terraced temple house evokes all the calm and peace of Sri Lanka’s great religious tradition.
Shrine of Our Lady of Matara is a Roman Catholic church devoted to the Virgin Mary, in the town of Matara, Sri Lanka. The shrine houses a statue of the Virgin Mary holding the infant Jesus. Though the statue's origins are unknown, church officials claim that it is 400 years old. The statue has been damaged, lost and recovered more than once, most recently during the 2004 tsunami in Asia, which damaged the shrine and killed 24 people attending Sunday Mass. The church celebrated its centenary year in 2007.
Star Fort in Matara was built in the shape of a six-pointed star in order that its battery of 12 big canons could command both the sea and landside approaches.
Polhena Beach is the jewel in the crown of Matara’s place as one of Sri Lanka’s top south-coast tourist resorts. It has everything a sun-seeking tourist could wish for in a tropical paradise destination.
The Madunagala Hermitage (also referred as Madunagala Temple) is situated a few miles away from Ambalantota, in the jungle. The journey takes about 30 minutes along the tarred road. A red dirt road leads to the temple about 12.5 kilometres away. The road winds in all directions and is joined frequently by other roads and choosing the correct road is near impossible for someone without a guide. Thick scrub jungle with thorny bushes, cacti and stunted trees dot the landscape. The land is dry due to poor rainfall even though the soil is rich. It’s impossible to see far on either side of the road since cacti and the bushes crowd thickly together.
The Parey Duwa (Rock in Water) or Parevi Dupatha Buddhist temple, which sits on the amazingly picturesque little Crow Island just off Matara beach, is like something out of a story book.