things to do

  • Ayurveda
  • Ancient Temples
  • Arts & crafts
  • Cycling
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Diving
  • Elephant Orphanage
  • Galle Fort Tours
  • Horse Riding
  • Mask Dancing
  • Relaxing on a beach
  • Snorkel Coral Reef
  • Sun Bathing
  • Surfing
  • Turtle Hatchery
  • Watersports
  • Weddings

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west coast

Sri Lanka’s west coast attracts the bulk of the holidaymakers who flock to the sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean for a traditional beach holiday.

But the region offers not just traditional package hotels – many of them recently upgraded – but small, independent properties and luxury boutique properties. A mood to suit all travellers.

About one-and-a-quarter hours south of Colombo, as you cross the Kalu Ganga bridge, you have reached the point where Sri Lanka’s West Coast starts for real. You enter a region of beautiful sandy beaches and mangrove-lined lagoons, ideal for a restful beach holiday.

Watch turtles hatch at Koskoda and release juvinelle hatchlings onto a nearby deserted beach, dripping with palm trees. Snorkel or dive on Hikkaduwa's coral reef and marvel at the myriad of sealife on offer.

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