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Top West Coast Destinations

You don’t have to be on Sri Lanka’s west coast for long to realise that the coastline has something of a multiple personality. North of the capital is Negombo, a cheerful beach town crowned with church spires that is, thanks to its proximity to the airport, a staple of almost every visitor’s Sri Lankan journey. Head further north, though, and you enter a wild and little-visited region that seems to consist of nothing but coconut plantations and lagoons, sparkling in the sun and filled with dolphins.

South of Colombo’s chaos is a world that oscillates between the dancing devils of traditional Sri Lankan culture in Ambalangoda, the chic boutique hotels and uncluttered golden sands of Bentota and the down-at-heel but ever-popular backpacker party town of Hikkaduwa.

Whichever part of the west coast you choose, you can be sure you’ll end up spending longer here than planned.

Ahungalla Sri Lanka

Famed Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa is renowned for his mastery of space and form, particularly when creating imposing residential and public buildings. Lesser known are the many hotels he had a hand in shaping, including Ahungalla’s luxury Heritance Ahungalla (formerly Hotel Triton), which was built between 1979 to 1981.

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Ambalangoda Sri Lanka

Myths and legends are woven into the history and mystery of Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage, and nothing illustrates them better than the masks of Ambalangoda. Carved from solid blocks of light balsa-like Kaduru wood by generations of craftsmen, these vibrant and colorful masks are an essential component of Sri Lanka’s traditional dance dramas.

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Balapitiya Sri Lanka

For anyone wanting a taste of the ‘real’ Sri Lanka, the traditional fishing village of Balapitiya, just down the coast from the buzzy tourist magnet of Bentota, is a good place to start. That’s not to say that Balapitiya is untouched by tourism. Its golden beaches are increasingly sought out by visitors wanting a bit of peace and quiet among its scattering of fishing hamlets.

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Bentota Sri Lanka

Love is in the air at Bentota, perhaps our finest beach resort and favourite honeymoon and wedding destination for Sri Lankans and foreign visitors alike. As well as its golden beaches, the resort’s calm seas during the peak holiday season are perfect for sailing, snorkeling, diving, water-skiing, wind surfing and sea fishing on traditional outrigger canoes.

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Beruwala Sri Lanka

Beruwala, one of the many resorts along the crescent of golden beaches on Sri Lanka’s south-west coast, was founded by 8th Century Arab gem traders, hence the landmark Msjid-ul-Abrar, Sri Lanka's oldest mosque. Gem merchants still thrive in the China Fort area, a must-see for any visitor, and not far from the picturesque fishing harbor, where generations of fishermen have unloaded their catches from the brightly colored traditional outrigger canoes.

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Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka

Hikkaduwa is one of Sri Lanka’s oldest and best-known west-coast beach and watersports resorts, mainly thanks to the abundant coral reefs found just offshore. But while sea, sand and surf are the fun face of Hikkaduwa’s friendly and engaging personae, there is a somber story of tragedy and heartbreak just below the surface.

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Visit Hikkaduwa Beach
Visit Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa.
Visit Tsunami Honganji Vihara
Visit Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya
Explore Coral Sanctuary
See Hikkaduwa Harbour
Visit Naga Viharaya

Induruwa Sri Lanka

Induruwa is a small fishing village along the South Western coast of Sri Lanka. The sandy beaches are ideal for long walks, sun bathing and swimming. There is a stream that is flourished with a number of water bodies which are located in and around the area making Induruwa a town rich in fern and flora. Ayurvedic practices are also carried out in Induruwa with a number of hotels catering to complete rejuvenation of mind and body.

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Kalutara Sri Lanka

Kalutara or Kalutota is a big town in Kalutara District, Western Province, Sri Lanka. It is also the third largest urban area in Western Province after Colombo and Negombo. Kalutara is a scenic resort town. Once an important spice-trading center, the town's name is derived from the Kalu Ganga River ('Black River' in native Sinhala). In the 11th Century, the town was temporarily made a capital on the orders of a South Indian Prince. The region was later planted with coconut

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Kosgoda Sri Lanka

While the centuries-old demand for cinnamon, Sri Lanka’s premier spice, is at the historic heart of this popular beach resort, it is its renowned sea-turtle conservation project that has put the village on the eco-tourism map. Overseen by the Wildlife Protection Society of Sri Lanka, the project was established in 1988 to protect Sri Lanka’s turtles from extinction by providing protected hatcheries and nurturing the young as they emerge from the eggs.

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Wadduwa Sri Lanka

Wadduwa is a town situated in the western coast of Sri Lanka about 33 km south of Colombo. It spans from within the 30.5 to 36.5 km area along the Galle Road and sideways 4.5 km for the land side and around 1 km for the seaside too. Famous for its coconut palms, and as a major producer of toddy and vinegar, Wadduwa is known for products made from coconut fibre such as brooms, carpets, etc. There are few some historical places in the area, including ancient Buddhist temples.

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