South of Colombo, it’s all about the beaches, as much of the scenery is serene and unspoilt.
In particular, the quiet town of Mount Lavinia is host to a golden curvature of coast that entices many a sun, sea and sand lover, while its centre, Dehiwala has shops and markets to browse between relaxing. Mount Lavinia beach is endless and sandy, it also has the ultimate views for sunset. Watch the sun go down while you unwind at the many al-fresco restaurants lining the beach.
Beruwala is another beach hot spot, with a calm atmosphere and undisturbed long sandy surroundings perfect for discovering local life in the area. For some history why not visit Sri Lanka’s oldest mosque, Masjidul-Abra, ad the Barberyn Island Lighthouse.
For more of a lively holiday atmosphere, Kalutara Beach has a sociable atmosphere and lavish accommodation. Alongside this there’s the chance to step back in time and soak up some spiritual surroundings, with plenty of beautiful temples to visit. In general, the feeling in Kalutara is quite traditional, with markets embellishing town walkways and friendly eateries. The Siharaja rain forest should also not be missed.
The south of Colombo is a perfect place to visit both Colombo and Galle areas.
The south of Sri Lanka – in particular the south west, is the place to experience the best of the islands beaches. Ribbons of sand curve alongside the rich blue of the sea, and a sense of peace is easy to be found. It’s unsurprising then that there are also plenty of hotels around here, providing a chilled out spot for tourists in search of a luxurious getaway.
The south coast is not only defined by its beaches however. It also has a lot to give in the way of historical culture. Places such as Ambalangoda have temples nearby, while Galle, which is the capital of the southern province, has a famous Dutch fort, iconic harbour and museum.
Other attractions around the South western coast include water sports, boat tours, visiting botanical gardens and Unawatuna, which is a breeding ground for turtles.
Beruwala is located in Kalutara, which is within the Western province of Sri Lanka. It was actually the first Muslim settlement on the island, and is home to Masjidul-Abrar, which is Sri Lanka’s oldest mosque. The main attraction of Beruwala is its peaceful atmosphere and beautiful beaches.
Ahungalla is located towards the south province, and is a fishing village perfect for kicking back and relaxing in! You’ll be able to get a taste for local life, try fresh foods, and the mixture of beaches and top quality hotels such as the Heritance ensures a peaceful stay.
This small town occupies a place in the sunny south coast of Sri Lanka. It’s most attractive to beach and water sport lovers, having a particular popularity with surfers and scuba divers. It even has one of the two marine national parks on the island, with a coral reef home to a diverse range of marine life. There’s a selection of eateries that have a specialty for fresh fish, and a sociable atmosphere is to be found, especially at night! Hikkaduwa is ideal for the sun, sea and sand searcher, though also allows for exploration of different area such as Colombo, which could be reached within a few hours.
Kalutara is the third largest city within the Western province of Sri Lanka. It is not as busy as the capital of Colombo, which is just 40km away, but rather more focused on the nearby serene stretches of beach that many tourists come in search of! Kalutara Beach in particular is popular, with a sociable atmosphere of both locals and travellers soaking up the sun. There are also some luxurious hotels too, like that of the five star Royal Palms Beach Hotel, which sits on its own stretch of beach.
In terms of historical sites, the area is most well known for its temples. There is the Asokaramaya, which is a Buddhist temple to the North of the bridge in Kalutara, and then the Kalutara Vihara, which is found in the South, and is one of the most famous shrines on the entire island. This little town has a very traditional and spiritual feel about it, which creates a peaceful atmosphere that suits the scatter of eateries enticing wanderers with their delicious aromas!
Markets line the streets, selling crafts and various other bits and bobs. In particular, there’s the Basket Society, who make baskets, purses and other souvenirs intricately with palm leaves. These street stalls allow visitors to get a feel for local life and also to buy something with a personal and unique touch. In addition, it means that sorting the gifts for friends and family back home shouldn’t be a problem!
One other thing worth mentioning about Kalutara is that whilst here you should visit Sri Lanka’s oldest rainforest. This is called the Siharaja rain forest, which is astonishingly beautiful, and has even been made a UNESCO world heritage site!
This is the largest suburb of Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, and sits just south of the city centre. It is an area that provides a mixture of activities, both explorative and relaxing. The centre of Dehiwala is made up of shops, markets and a general bustle of people and industry. The town of Mount Lavinia however is much quieter, embellished with peaceful nature and golden stretches of coast, ideal for beach seekers.