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Salt pans (Salt lewayas)-5 Minutes Drive

Much of the park boundary is contiguous with the A2 main road. Before the park, the Malala lagoon, reached by following the Malala River from the main road, is a bird-watchers' paradise, where you might also see crocodiles too. The Karagan, Maha & particularly Bundala lewayas (salt pans) are also excellent for shore-bird enthusiasts.

The area of open scrub around the coastal lewaya offers great opportunities for bird-watching with the added bonus of being able to spot the odd elephant & basking crocodile. The salt pans attract vast numbers of migratory shore birds, accommodating tens of thousands at any time, making it the most important wetlands in Sri Lanka outside the Northern Province.

Culture & Heritage


The Small fishing village of Kirinda is blessed with a pretty beach, spectacular views and a charming history, yet it is bypassed by most visitors, there is a rocky outcrop from which can be obtained some magnificent views of the desolate coast with its long strech



Kirinda



The Small fishing village of Kirinda is blessed with a pretty beach, spectacular views and a charming history, yet it is bypassed by most visitors, there is a rocky outcrop from which can  be obtained some magnificent views of the desolate coast with its long strech 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, especially the glistening dome of the Tissamaharama Dagoba

Sithulpawwa

Sithulpawwa rock temple is historically significant and identified as one of the greatest 2nd century sites of Buddhist scholarship. With a history of over 2200 years, this is an ancient place of worship in the Hambantota district. The modern name Sithulpawwa is derived from the ancient ‘Cittalpabbata’, ‘The hill of the quiet mind’. It is said that in the 1st century AD as many as 12,000 Arahants lived here (monks that have achieved the highest mind level in Buddhism). Unlike the great monasteries in Anuradhapura and other towns, life at Sithulpawwa was hard and a monk or nun lived there only if they were interested in silence and solitude. Located opposite the Maha Sithulpawwa rock which is 400 feet (122M) in height is a cave temple. This cave temple, which is 67 feet high and 30 feet long, is part of the intricate cave-complex at Sithulpawwa.

The Dagoba of Sithulpawwa can be seen on the top of the rock. It is believed to have been built by King Kawantissa (100-140AD). A number of caves contain inscriptions in the early Brahmi script and from these inscriptions it was learned that a number of villages donated money to this temple for its upkeep. Ancient literary works give interesting information relating to this shrine. The image house at Sithulpawwa still contains some fragments of paintings. In the eastern precinct of Sithulpawwa the ruins of an ancient preaching house can be seen, where a cluster of 10 feet high pillars rises from the earth.

Kataragama - 50 Minutes Drive

Kataragama (also Katharagama, Katirkamam and Kathirgamam, Tamil: கதிர்காமம் (Katirkāmam)) is a pilgrimage town popular with Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and indigenous Vedda communities of Sri Lanka and South India. The town has Ruhunu Maha Kataragama devalaya, a shrine dedicated to Skanda-Murukan also known as Kataragamadevio..

The Sacred City of Kataragama is frequently visited by adherents from all religions in Sri Lanka and from all over the world. King Dutugamunu, a national hero if Sri Lanka who fought the war against invaders is believed to be the first patron of Kataragama.

The annual procession held in the months of July and August is a prominent pageant with all its colorful glory. Main attractions in the event include the fire walking by devotees and Kavadi Dancing.

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A Ramsar site


Bundala's lagoons, beaches, sand dunes & scrubby jungle stretch nearly 20km along a coastal strip starting just east of Hambantota passes along Bundala's northern boundary

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Walawe River Boat Safari, Ambalantota

25 Mins Drive A Boat ride down Walawe River brings you face to face with a variety of Exotic Birds, trees full of sleeping fruit bats and troops of curious monkeys.

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UdaWalawe Sanctuary

50 Minutes Drive   An unspoilt habitat of a herd of over 250 wild elephants, makes Uda-Walawe one of the major tourist attractions of Sri Lanka. 50 minutes drive from the hotel would get you to view and blend with these magnificent species

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Yala Wild Life Sanctuary


1hr  Drive Renowned as the biggest and the most popular wild-life park in Sri Lanka, Yala is the ideal setting for a rugged jungle safari. Search for wild elephants, leopards, bears, crocodiles and wild deer. A safari jeep and an experienced tracker is all you need to have an experience of your life-time in the wilderness.

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Madunagala Hot Water Wells & Hermitage - 40 Minutes drive

Visiting a hot water spring is a rare opportunity. Being only a few of its kind in the world, Madunagala Wells get you to experience this unique creation of nature. It is believed that the water has a miracle power of curing skin diseases and common ailments

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Ussangoda - 35 Minutes Drive

Proclaimed as one of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka, Ussangoda offers you the chance to have a leisurely day, perhaps with a picnic basket enjoying the breathtaking views of the clear Indian Ocean

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Lagoons

The park stretches along the coast for around 20 km, enclosing five shallow & brackish lagoons, or lewayas (they sometime dry up completely during long periods of drought) separated by thick low scrubby forest running down to coastal dunes.

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Salt pans (Salt lewayas)-5 Minutes Drive

Much of the park boundary is contiguous with the A2 main road. Before the park, the Malala lagoon, reached by following the Malala River from the main road

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  • Culture & Heritage

    Culture & Heritage

  • A Ramsar site

    A Ramsar site

  • Walawe River Boat Safari, Ambalantota

    Walawe River Boat Safari, Ambalantota

  • UdaWalawe Sanctuary

    UdaWalawe Sanctuary

  • Yala Wild Life Sanctuary

    Yala Wild Life Sanctuary

  • Madunagala Hot Water Wells & Hermitage - 40 Minutes drive

    Madunagala Hot Water Wells & Hermitage - 40 Minutes drive

  • Ussangoda - 35 Minutes Drive

    Ussangoda - 35 Minutes Drive

  • Lagoons

    Lagoons

  • Salt pans (Salt lewayas)-5 Minutes Drive

    Salt pans (Salt lewayas)-5 Minutes Drive

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