COLOMBO, the country's’ premier sea port and Capital and the throbbing heart of Sri Lanka with its famous history of colonial battles and now a thriving megapolis, is the modern Sri Lanka with the old gracious mix of tradition and cosmopolitan culture .Vibrant with its diverse cultural mix, its attraction is at once sensed. With its tropical old world charm and its modern bustling energy, Colombo is an experience to be shared. Its mix of ocean boulevards and colonial architecture, shopping malls and high fashion and centres of cultural arts ,with walkways leading to the finest Hotels and restaurants and a culture of high fashion and High class night clubs are some of the attractions.
Its famous beach to its south Mount Lavinia, overlooked by the famous Mount Lavinia Hotel once the Governor’s residence and named after his mistress Lavinia carries the vista of its colonial past ,and a wide beach with swimming and lounging and several beach side restaurants for an evening's relaxation of wining and dining on delectable seafood!
Further south and a pleasant drive along the coast is the foremost tourist resort centre in all of Sri Lanka! It’s miles of beach with world famous hotels and its lagoon, which is the home of all water sport activity in Sri Lanka with a river system that extends over 60 kilometres is the fun lover’s dream. The golden beach is Sri Lanka’s cleanest and pristine beach in Sri Lanka, with several major resort hotels catering to the visitors. Bentota lagoon is the year round calm area for all kinds of water sport and its river is a delightful boat safari of mangrove swamp and riverside habitat with the chance encounter with the elusive crocodile! A definite place to stay in the months of October to April. The sea food is excellent! A definite for the family.
HIKKADUWA, less than an hrs drive to the south from Bentota is a dream of tropical splendour. Blessed with the blue waters of the Indian ocean and its surrounding corals, famous the world over, is a vibrant and popular destination for those looking for fun. Its beaches are popular with hotels and restaurants that cater to a wide array of visitors, from all over the world, famous for its surfing and snorkelling and diving activities it is the foremost destination for those seeking adventure and beach living.
Galle, At the south western tip of Sri Lanka is easily the most recognizable sea port in all of Asia! Surrounded by The Indian ocean, it is a cultural melting pot with a History going back to 1500 BC! Its iconic landmark, The Fort, built by the Portuguese is a World Cultural Heritage site and is definitely a place to visit! Unawatuna bay which is a short distance from Galle on its southern edge is one of the calmest and safest beaches for swimming, snorkelling and enjoying a day of fun and leisure! It has several restaurants, catering for those who enjoy fresh Seafood!
From Galle to Point Dondra,the southernmost tip of Sri Lanka there are several world famous beaches. With a tropical landscape of Beautiful bays interspersed with rocky headland ,one can find some exciting surf points, sandy beach and the added attraction of making an excursion to watch the gentle giants of the ocean the Whales, on their Annual journey around the Southern tip of Sri Lanka! Some of the more visited beaches are WELIGAMA Bay, which has a broad sandy beach and a lovely surf point,ideal for beginners. It is also famous or its stilt fishermen, where one can watch or even join the local fishermen and try your hand!
MIRISSA, has a beautiful beach for swimming, surfing and snorkelling and is also recognised as one of the best locations for watching whales, as this point is the closest they come to the shore!
TRINCOMALEE, in the North East is another world class destination and has plenty of activities for the visitor to choose from. It has the third largest Natural harbour in the world, and has been the centre of Cultural and Maritime activity over the centuries,and was fiercely contested for, by the colonial powers!With miles of beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, it is a world of Sunbathing, swimming and other water sports. It is also another internationally recognised destination for serious whale watching! It has several sites of cultural and historical importance and is surrounded by jungle and wildlife. It has all types of world class accommodation and is fully worth the visit.
PASSIKUDAH, is another unique location. Its beautiful bay, less than 2km wide, is full of corals and its white beach, surrounded by coconut palm with several hotels to cater for the travellers every desire, is a piece of true paradise. Calm blue waters, in a tropical setting, with plenty of water sports for the fun lover. Ideal for family fun and adventure
and whether sipping, tropical fruit cocktails on a sun baked beach or wining and dining on the delicious sea food that is a part of the magic of this exotic world, the visitor is left with the desire to return for more!
On the south east, is a surfers paradise, with a world famous surfing break, just close to the northern entrance to Yala! It has several other points of interest, cultural, as well as wild life for the nature lover! A beautiful surrounding countryside of wind swept beaches, sand dunes, jungle,and a vast blue ocean!It has several restaurants offering exotic cuisine and a lovely atmosphere of casual beach life, and Island romance!
NEGOMBO! Just a short distance from the airport is the best place for one to acclimatise. A once thriving fish village that is now a favourite for the tourists, has a beautiful tropical coastline of palm fringed golden beaches interspersed with several leading seaside resorts. Its lagoon, which supplies the crabs and shrimp Negombo is famous for, is also a place for water sports and boat safari. A stroll through town in an evening and mixing with the friendly locals, with a bit of shopping adds to the mix!
KALPITIYA in the North-West is an emerging destination! Set on a peninsula that sits beside Sri Lanka's largest Lagoon system that has several unique features. The lagoon is populated with several islands worth visiting and across the lagoon is the Wilpattu national park! On one side the Indian ocean,and a close encounter with the great Whales,and Dolphins that visit in their thousands. It is a marine biologists ,and naturalists dream world of fishing village and desolate beach, and miles of still lagoon water. It has two seasons,fast becoming popular for the kite surfing enthusiasts during the windy months of May to September, and to the whale watching enthusiasts ,during the October to April season!