Sri Lanka is a bountiful paradise, simply begging to be explored. From its thriving reserves and jungles to its sandy beaches, you will never run out of places to visit or things to do! While all of Sri Lanka deserves to be appreciated, we’ll be fine-tuning our search to the Southern Province. Read on for more details on places you simply can’t miss during your stay!
Lined with palm trees and golden sands, Tangalle has some of the best beaches you’ll find when touring Sri Lanka, with its breathtaking sunsets simply made for relaxing and having a good time. With a little digging, you’ll also be able to find some off-shore sites to meet your diving and snorkeling needs.
Dondra Head Lighthouse
This lighthouse is just one of the four international lighthouses in Sri Lanka, created during colonial rule. You usually have to get permission from Ports Authority before climbing those 196 steps to the top but the serendipitous view will just take your breath away and make it all the more worth it.
Based in Bentota, this is a more quiet stretch of sand for those who enjoy less hustle and bustle and opt for relaxing walks along the beach with soft breezes. It’s also a popular spot when it comes to snorkeling.
Yala National Park Camping
Bordering the Indian Ocean, Yala National Park is Lanka’s second largest national park but undoubtedly the most popular. Home to many endemic animals such as leopards, crocodiles, elephants and much more, the National Park also offers vacationers an exclusive Safari experience.
Turtle hatcheries down south were created to prevent the extinction of their turtles. Initially, fishermen would sell these turtle eggs to the highest bidder but now, thanks to the hatcheries, they have a safe space to grow at least till about 2 to 4 years. You’ll find different species available, including Green Turtle, Olive Ridley, Leatherback etc.
Weligama, the ‘sand village, once again boasts of having some of the finest beaches in Lanka. It is a calm, serene stretch, ideal for people to just dip their toes in the water and relax or even spend their time learning to surf. Apart from the beach there are also some historical sites you can visit, like the Kusta Raja Gala, built after a foreign king with a skin disease came to Sri Lanka for treatment.
Bundala National Park
This is paradise for bird lovers across the world. The park shelters a staggering total of over 200 species in total throughout an assortment of land surfaces (from lagoons to sand dunes). Through a morning and evening safari, vacationers will get the most of this experience and be blessed with the sight of various birds- truly a birdwatcher’s dream.
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
This reserve has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It’s home to 95% of Sri Lankan endemic birds and over 50% mammals. Just A two hour drive away from Galle, you can opt for a tour guide that would educate you more on the flora and fauna you encounter in the Reserve.
These are just a few of the attractions the Southern province has to offer but believe us, there’s so much more- more beaches, more sightseeing and definitely more adventurers awaiting the curious vacationer!