Discover Some Of The Most Beautiful Beaches
The south coast of Sri Lanka is the most renowned area of the island. Located in the Indian Ocean, not far from the Maldives, the island’s 1340km of beautiful, palm fringed coastline offers countless and diverse beaches, from small half-moon powdery sandy coves to reef fringed bays offering the perfect surfing conditions.
Some of the best beaches of the south coast include Mirissa, Talpe, Tangalle, Unawatuna, Wijaya, Pitiwella and Hikkaduwa, and all are easily reached from Wirdana, for a day trip. Pitiwella Beach is only half a kilometre from Wirdana and remains relatively un-touristy, with its local beach shacks and seafood restaurants, where you will be able to taste freshly caught fish and seasonal fruits and vegetables are used. The south coast of the island is a very popular surfing destination, to the extent of being renamed “the new Bali”. Weligama, Mirissa and Dewatta Bays are some of the best surf-spots, ideal in season for beginners, where you will be able to either learn to surf in one of the many surf schools, practice or master your surfing skills.
The south also has many natural reserves and wildlife parks, lowland rain forests, tea and cinnamon estates, and plenty of village trails and paddy fields for exploring on bicycle.
Visit Galle: The Pearl of Sri Lanka
Galle Fort is an ancient stronghold dating back to 1663, and was established by the Dutch. It is now a Unesco World Heritage Site, and still retains many remnants of the Dutch era with a strong architectural influences. Galle is Asia’s oldest remaining living-fortified town, a hidden gem set behind ancient walls that completely saved it from the devastation of the tsunami. Many of the ancient government buildings including law courts and hospital, churches and villas have been beautifully renovated to their former glory and beyond, and now house sumptuous villas, boutique hotels, cafes and restaurants. The fort emits a very cosmopolitan and hip vibe.