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JAFFNA

JAFFNA

Jaffna, the capital city of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka is located at the northern tip of the island of Sri Lanka, and populated mostly by Tamil people. Before the 30 year old "war", Jaffna was a city of culture and learning, and bustling commerce. It is now slowly returning to its former glory, and expat Sri Lankan Tamils are once again beginning to visit this forgotten peninsula after decades! Jaffna is linked to the rest of the island through “Elephant Pass”, a causeway across which elephants waded. Jaffna has a number of beautiful islands waiting to be explored, but to date, there are no luxury hotels in this area, the best of which would be in the 2 star category. SUGGESTIONS: Due to the distance and lack of tourist facilities, only a deep interest in Jaffna warrants a visit here. Minimum recommended stay is 02 nights.

NILAVELI

NILAVALI

Nilaveli Beach, located on the east coast of Sri Lanka, was unaccesible to foreigners during the long 30 year old conflict in Sri Lanka. Therefore, the beaches here are relatively unspoilt, and the waters clean and clear. But it’s location on the east coast of Sri Lanka, far from the beaten path that most foreigner take, means it is a beach resort area that you can only visit if your tour to Sri Lanka is a fairly lengthy one! While staying at Nilaveli Beach, you must visit the nearby Pigeon Island, to experience it’s wide variety of flora and fauna, and also exotic birds & animals! You can also do whale & dolphin watching from Nilaveli Beach. Due to the distance involved, Nilaveli is only recommended as a destination if your Sri Lanka Tour exceeds 10 days. Minimum nights: 02.

KALPITIYA

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Kalpitiya is Sri Lanka’s latest and newest beach resort area. Immediately after the long conflict ended, the Government of Sri Lanka decided to develop this long forgotten beachfront town into a tourist hub, and work is in full swing now. There is very long stretch of beach which has the sea on one side, and a tranquil lagoon on the other. Many places can only be accessed by boat. Kalpitiya has a plethora of attractions, from dolphin and/or whale watching, snorkelling, fishing & swimming, wind-surfing, canoeing or kayaking, etc. One of the islands, known as Karaitviu, is home to the marine mammal ‘dugong’ that sparked the legends of Mer-people or more commonly, the mermaids. Kalpitiya is a bit off the beaten track for foreigners. Due to the distance involved, Kalpitiya is only recommended as a destination if your Sri Lanka Tour exceeds 10 days. Minimum nights: 02.

CHILAW

Chilaw

Chilaw is a western seaboard town on the island of Sri Lanka. It is a bustling town with a famous fish market and long golden sandy beach. Although not a traditional beach resort area for foreigners, you can actually find some real bargain beachside hotels here! Activities include swimming, fishing, boating, and general sightseeing. Chilaw also is place of historical interest to Hindus, as there are some temples here relating to the Indian mythology Ramayana Tales. It is not necessary to stay at Chilaw, unless you are looking for a beach resort area that is not traditionally used by foreigners. Minimum nights 02.

Anuradhapura

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Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization. This sacred city, now in picturesque ruins, was once a major center of Sri Lankan civilization. It was 3rd capital of the Kingdom of Rajarata after Tambapanni and Upatissa Nuwara. Today, the splendid sacred city of Anuradhapura, with its palaces, monasteries and monuments, draws many foreigners as well as Buddhist pilgrims. There is much to see at Anuradhapura, including the sacred Bodhi tree, eight major palaces, monasteries and monuments.

WILPATTU

WILPATTU

Wilpattu National Park is located 26km north of Puttalam (approximately 180km north of Colombo) spanning from the northwest coast inland towards the ancient capital of Anuradhapura (50 km to the east of the park). Covering an impressive 425 sq miles, the park is Sri Lanka's largest, and having reopened in March, 2010 it is just a matter of time before it becomes a popular eco-tourism destination. The main physical feature of the park is the 'Villus' (Natural lakes), formed in shallow depression over an impervious layer and filled by rainwater during the monsoons. The park has a wide diversity of natural habitat. There are 31 species of mammals seen in the area, including the elephants, sloth bear, leopard, water buffalo and spotted deer. There are also numerous reptiles seen in the area such as monitor lizards, mugger crocodile, Sri Lanka’s largest snake (Python molurus pimbura), and species of turtles.

MARAWILA

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Marawila is a small fishing village that lies only 35 kilometres north of Negombo and about 70 kilometres from Colombo. Marawila has a superb swathe of sandy beach stretching for miles! There are only a few hotels, and only a handful of shops and bars, but is located in the midst of acres of lush tropical greenery, and the area includes a bird sanctuary and an Eco-reserve, so this is an ideal haven to retreat to and enjoy all things that are good about nature. If you are searching for a fairly secluded beach resort in Sri Lanka where you can enjoy some peace and quiet, Marawila sure fits the bill! Recommended nights: Minumum 02, Maximum 07.

DAMBULLA

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The city of Dambulla is situated in the Matale District in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, situated 148 km north-east of Colombo and 72 km north of Kandy.
The ensemble of Dambulla is an outstanding example of the religious art and expression of Sri Lanka and South and South-East Asia. Major attractions of the city include the largest and best preserved cave temple complex of Sri Lanka, and the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, famous for being built in just 167 days. The city also boasts to have the largest rose quartz mountain range in South Asia, and the Iron wood forest, or Namal Uyana..

SIGIRIYA

Sigiriya

Sigiriya is a large stone and ancient rock fortress and palace ruin in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka, surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs, and other structures. A popular tourist destination, Sigiriya is also renowned for its ancient paintings (frescos) which are reminiscent of the Ajanta Caves of India. It is one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.

GIRITHALE

Giritale

Set amidst a natural habitat along the banks of the Giritale Tank, Deer Park Hotel invites you to a peaceful holiday in harmony with nature. Situated in the Polonnaruwa district, the hotel is an ideal base to explore the cultural triangle. Accommodation at Deer Park Hotel comes in cottages while guests can choose from Superior, Duplex, Angsana and Deluxe Duplex cottages depending on their requirement and taste. You can enjoy wonderful meals, indoors or even under the stars, and enjoy signature spa treatments at the Angsana Spa. Explore the region with jeep safaris to Wild Life Parks and also tour around the ancient capitals that still boast of ruins that are immaculate in glory.

NEGOMBO

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Negombo Beach is the ideal place in Sri Lanka to enjoy a short beach holiday, because it’s only a twenty minute drive from the airport, and less than one hour from Colombo city. It is an ideal first or last night destination in Sri Lanka. Other reasons to choose Negombo Beach are its active nightlife, and plenty of bars/clubs/restaurants & shops all lined up along the long stretch of golden sandy beach. Negombo has a predominantly Christian population, so there are some really lovely Churches to visit, and plenty of other sightseeing places in this wonderful area of Sri Lanka. You can do swimming, boating, and fishing also here at lovely Negombo Beach! If used as a first or last stop in Sri Lanka, 2 nights is adequate here. If you are looking for a nice beach resort with lots of people to meet and some active nightlife, then even 5 nights is fine here.

PINNAWALA

Pinnawala

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, northwest of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawalla is notable for having the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. See baby jumbos wandering around their cramped foster home or bottle fed and bathed by their human foster fathers at Pinnawala, about 90Km from Colombo towards Kandy is the home to some 60 or more elephant orphans. A place you will really enjoy and never forget. Most orphans are accustomed to their curious human visitors are harmless.

KANDY

Kandy

Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a major tourist destination. ( 115kM from Colombo at 465 meters above sea level). Famous for the Temple of the Tooth and many other temples the city could be called the cultural capital of the island. Kandy is particularly well known for the great Kandy Esala Perahera, held over 10 days leading up to the Nikini poya (full moon) at the end of the month of Esala (July/August), but has enough attractions to justify a visit at any time of year. The town, and the countryside around it, is lush and green and there are many pleasant walks from the town and further afield. The town centre is a delightful jumble of old shops, antique and gemstone specialists, a bustling market and a very good selection of hotels, guesthouses and restaurants.

TRINKOMALEE

TRINKOMALI

Trincomalee has the world’s deepest natural sea water port. It lies about 110 miles northeast of Kandy. The city is built on a hill overlooking a peninsula, which divides the inner and outer harbours. It is one of the main centers of Tamil speaking culture on the island. Historically referred to as Gokanna or Gokarna, it has been a sea port that has long played a major role in maritime and international trading history of Sri Lanka. This sea town is home to the Thirukonesvaram Kovil, which is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Sri Lanka. Trincomalee is not necessarily a place that a foreigner may wish to stay, but the nearby Nilaveli Beach is! Trincomalee is not really a place for foreigners to stay at, but a visit here is recommended, if you are staying at the nearby Nilaveli Beach!

POLONARUWA

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Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka's splendid medieval capital was established as the first city of the land in the 11th Century, A.D. It replaced Anuradhapura, plundered made desolate, and laid hopelessly bare to the invading armies from South India. Three Kings dominate the annals of the city and the period. Polonnaruwa had a tropical climate most of the year, although in recent years the rain and chilliness has been increased noticeably, this is surprising to some people and it is more enjoyable for tourists.
The city reached a dazzling but pitifully brief zenith in the 12th century and though ravaged by invasion in the centuries following, much evidence remains of the old grandeur and glory.

TRAIN

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Rail travel has a long and important place in Sri Lankan history. Nuwara Eliya south east of Kandy became a tourist destination before the phrase was coined, due to the expansion of the rail line. The journey from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya remains one of the world’s most stunning rail journeys.

AIRPORT

AIRPORT

Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in South Asia, located about 31 kilometres (19 mi) off the southern coast of India. Before 1972 is was known as Ceylon. The island of Sri Lanka lies in the Indian Ocean, to the southwest of the Bay of Bengal. It is separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait. Sri Lanka is divided into 9 provinces and 25 districts. The country's administrative capital is Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte and its commercial capital and largest city is Colombo.

PASIKUDAH

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Pasikudah Beach is a truly unique beach resort area in Sri Lanka. It is the only beach resort area in Sri Lanka where one can walk almost half a kilometre into the sea, and still be only waist deep! The water is also crystal clear, so you can see to the bottom. This is one of the safest and most beautiful beach resort areas on the island. Unfortunately, it only has brand new expensive resort hotels, and is quite far from the regular tourist routes, so it is only recommended to visit Pasikudah Beach if you have a fairly high budget, and your Sri Lanka Tour is well over 10 days long. Minimum nights: 02

COLOMBO

COOMBO

Colombo is the largest & busiest city in Sri Lanka. Located on the west coast of Sri Lanka, only about 30 minutes drive from the airport, this is a must-see destination in Sri Lanka, due not only to it’s variety of nightlife & fine-dining options, but also because of it’s historical monuments, colonial architecture, fascinating & beautiful temples and religious places, festivals and special events, bargain shopping, and also affordable casinos! Probably the best place to stay in and around Colombo city would be the attractive Mount Lavinia Beach, on the outskirts of the city, far enough to escape the hustle & bustle of the city, but close enough to visit the city anytime you wish! Colombo is a good place to either start of end your tour of Sri Lanka. 1 or 2 nights stay is fine, longer if one is keenly interested in nightlife.

ARUGAM BAY

ARUMUGAM BEY

Arugam Bay is the premier destination in Sri Lanka for surfing. The long, consistent right hand point break at the southern end of the Arugam Bay beach makes it the finest surf spot in Sri Lanka. Arugam Bay Beach with its coral reef being home to an abundance of tropical fish affords delightful snorkeling opportunities, and the wide sweeping sandy beach in front of the village of Arugam Bay is an attraction for swimming all year-round. Arugam Bay is not on the beaten path most foreigners take while holidaying in Sri Lanka, because it is a little out of the way, being on the east coast. However, if you are into surfing, then a trip to Arugam Bay is certainly worthwhile! Due to the long distance to reach Arugam Bay, a minimum stay of at least 02 nights is recommended.

MOUNT LAVINIYA

MOUNT LAVINIYA

Mount Lavinia, or “Galkissa” in local language, is a beach resort area just outside Colombo city, made famous by the old English Governer’s Mansion, which is now converted to a five star hotel. According to legend, “Lavinia” was the name of the Governer’s local lover, who used to visit him clandestinely through a tunnel, and then finally threw herself off the rocks when he was scheduled to leave the island without her. This is an ideal place to stay when visiting Colombo city, because you have the serenity and beauty of the beach, but can visit the city anytime you wish. There are plenty of restaurants and bars, and also lots of bargain shopping in and around Mount Lavinia Beach. Mount Lavinia is a good place to either start of end your tour of Sri Lanka. 2, even 3 nights stay is fine, and perhaps even longer if one is keen to be close to the nightlife and excitement of Colombo city.

KITHULGALA

KITHULGALA

Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. It is in the wet zone rain forest, which gets two monsoons each year, and is one of the wettest places in the country. Nevertheless, it comes alive in the first three months of the year, especially in February, the driest month. The Academy Award-winning The Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed on the Kelani River near Kitulgala, although nothing remains now except the concrete foundations for the bridge (and, supposedly, the submerged train cars that plunged into the river in the climactic scene). Kitulgala is also a base for white-water rafting, which starts a few kilometres upstream.

NUWARA ELIYA

NUWARA ELIYA

Nuwara Eliya city on the plain (table land)" or "city of light", is a town in the central highlands of Sri Lanka with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. It is located at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and is considered to be the most important location for Tea production in Sri Lanka. The town is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is blessed with salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and greenery.

BANDARAWELA

BANDARAWELA

The soothing climatic conditions in Bandarawela is a major reason why people congregate on the location for their holidays.
Situated at an altitude of 1230m and 10 kilometres north of Haputhale, Bandarawela is easily accessible through the Colombo-Badulla Main Road by vehicle and the upcountry trains that pass through. Nuwara Eliya, the famous summer resort of the Island called "Little England" is only 55km from Bandarawela and is accessible through Welimada.
The Dowa Rock Temple, with its unfinished Buddha Statue of about 15ft carved onto the rock face, the Shrine Room built into the rock cave and the entrance to the tunnel which is supposed to have linked Dowa to several distant temples underground is a major tourist attraction in the vicinity along with the many cascading waterfalls and towering mountain ranges.

ELLA

ELLA

Ella is a beautiful small village in Sri Lanka's hill country with little more than a handful of shops, hotels and guesthouses, but it has an almost perfect climate and occupies a very scenic vantage point, with views on a fine day stretching right across the South Coast of Sri Lanka.

KALUTARA

KALUTARA

Travelling south, along the west coast of Sri Lanka, from Colombo, the first large town you pass is Kalutara. As you approach Kalutara, you see a striking Buddhist Temple along the “Kalu Ganga” or “Kalu River”, where almost everyone stops to drop a few coins in the yellow boxes along the roadway, as an offering and prayer for a safe journey to their destination. Kalutara has a very nice long golden beach, and also a lagoon, and is one of the better beach resort areas of Sri Lanka where one can enjoy a relatively peaceful beach holiday! There is not much nightlife or shopping here in Kalutara, for that, you would have to go to Colombo, or Hikkaduwa, some 60 kilometres south. Kalutara is mainly a beach resort area. It is a place to relax, so a minimum of 3 nights stay should be planned here, or even longer!

RATHNAPURA

Ratnapura

Ratnapura ("City of Gems" in Sinhala and Tamil) is the name of the provincial capital of Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka and the Ratnapura District in which the town is situated. Some say the modern name is derived from the Portuguese name Rapadura for jaggery, the palm candy produced traditionally in this region, but the more common explanation in Sri Lanka is that it comes from the Sinhala "ratna" meaning gems and "pura" meaning city. Ratnapura is also spelled as Rathnapura. Located some 101 km south east of Colombo

BERUWALA

BERUWALA

Beruwela, located on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, is a charming coastal town, and small fishing port. Beruwela was one of the first Muslim settlements in Sri Lanka, set up by Arab traders way back in the 8th century BC. The beaches here are really nice, and peaceful. You can get a taste of authentic Sri Lankan life & culture here, or simply relax on the golden sandy beaches during your Sri Lanka holiday. Beruwela is mainly a beach resort area. It is a place to relax, so a minimum of 2 nights stay should be planned here, or perhaps even longer!

BENTOTA

BENTOTA

Bentota, facing the Indian Ocean, on the west coast of Sri Lanka, is one of the most popular beach resort destinations in Sri Lanka. Here, the long golden sandy beach, and also a tropical lagoon creates a atmosphere of beauty rarely found elsewhere. Bentota is the premier beach resort area for water-sports, from swimming, body-surfing or diving in the sea, jet-skiing on the sea or lagoon, windsurfing, parasailing or even enjoying a romantic river safari on the river and lagoon. Bentota is an ideal beach resort destination in Sri Lanka for families with children. Bentota has a lot to offer, so a minimum of 3 nights stay should be planned here, or perhaps even longer!

HIKKADUWA

HIKKADUWA

Hikkaduwa, a popular tourist destination in the Galle District is renowned for it's beach and the corals. The Coral Garden here is considered to be the best out of all such coral gardens found in Asia. There is a reef of lime stones running parallel to the coast. The corals are in between this line of lime stones and the coast.
The sea up to about 200 m from the coast is very shallow. The reef of lime stones protects the corals from high tide. The coral type found mostly here is the type locally called "Gampara". These corals are found in various forms , shapes and colours. They are a very fascinating sight especially when there is bright sunlight which gives a very clearer view of the corals. You see some corals in the shape of a cabbage leaf; some are like a lady's fan. Since there is no silt, corals can grow in their natural form and colour.

UDAWALAWE

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The Udawalawa national park was established on 30 th July 1972.It lies in the lower catchment of Udawalawa Reservoir in the country's Intermediate Lowland region.
This area falls into two administrative districts in two provinces. The parkland on the right bank of Walawe ganga is within Ratnapura district in the province of sabaragamuwa and the parkland on the left bank falls within Moneragala district in the province of Uva . This Park is located approximately between the latitudes 6 25'E and 6 35' N and longitudes 80 45'N and 81 00' E.

ADMS'S PEAK

Adam’s Peak

Adam’s Peak is the earliest pilgrimage that is a sacred spot by a person of any religion. It is a conical mountain that has an elevation of 2243 meters. It is common belief of the people that Lord Buddha during his third visit to Sri Lanka left his footprints on this sa cred mountain. This is the reason why the place is even known as the Sripada – which literally means the sacred footprint. The Muslims believe it to be the footprints of Adam, Christians see these footprints as the footprints of St. Thomas and the Hindus regard these footprints as the footprints of Lord Shiva.

GALLE

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Galle is located on the southern tip of Sri Lanka, and is predominantly a 300 year old Dutch Fort, built to protect Sri Lanka from invading forces. The Fort is now a World Heritage Site. Much of the fort is still in good condition, making it a popular destination to visit for foreigners. There are not that many hotels to stay at here in Galle, but the Unawatuna Beach, recently voted one of the top ten beaches in the world by Discovery Channel, is very nearby, and has a large number of hotels and different types of accomodation to choose from. Galle has a shortage of hotels, so the nearby Unawatuna Beach may be a better place to stay at, for at least 2 nights!

BADULLA

Badulla

Badulla is the capital of Uva Province, Sri Lanka. Badulla is located 60 km southeast of Kandy, almost encircled by the Badulu Oya River, about 680 metres (2200 ft) above sea level and is surrounded by picturesque hills and mountains, most of which have tea plantations.
It is located on the southeast of Kandy, almost encircled by the Badulu Oya River, about 680 metres (2200 ft) above sea level and is surrounded by tea plantations. The town is overshadowed by the Namunukula range of mountains (highest peak 2,016 metres above sea level). It was a base of a pre-colonial Sinhalese local prince (regional king) who ruled the area under the main King in Kandy before it became part of the British Empire. Later, it became one of the provincial administrative hubs of the British rulers.

UNAWATUNA

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Unawatuna Beach, located only 5 kilmetres from Galle, is one of the most beautiful beach resort areas in Sri Lanka, due to it’s being mainly a “sheltered cove” which results in shallow water and relatively safe swimming. The long curving beach has plenty of bars/restaurants/hotels along it, so there is quite a bit to do here, including fishing and other water-sports. The name Unawatuna derives its name from the Singhalese words, Onna-wetuna, which translates into "there it fell". Over a period of time, Onna-wetuna became Unawatuna. Unawatuna was declared as one of the ten best beaches in the world by Discover Channel not so long ago! Hikkaduwa has a lot to offer, so a minimum of 3 nights stay should be planned here, or perhaps even longer!

THANGALLA

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Tangalle, in the deep south of Sri Lanka, is located between the towns of Matara and Hambantota, and known for its tranquility, deserted beaches and unique ECO system. One side of Tangalle bears a small hillock, with a bird's eye view of the surrounding bay up to the far horizon of the palm fringed beach and the shimmering sea. Tangalle boasts of clear soft sandy beach and surfing.The most popular spots for sea bathing, sunbathing, swimming, surfing and also snorkeling are situated in the nearby tiny villages by the sea like Medilla, Goyambokke, Pallikaduwe, Mawella, Kudawella and Seenimodera. Tangalle is mainly a beach resort area. It is a place to relax, so a minimum of 2 nights stay should be planned here, or perhaps even longer!

KATHARAGAMA

anuradhapura

Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization.It was 3rd capital of the Kingdom of Rajarata after Tambapanni and Upatissa Nuwara.

YALA PARK

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Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization.It was 3rd capital of the Kingdom of Rajarata after Tambapanni and Upatissa Nuwara.

BLOW HOLE

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Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization.It was 3rd capital of the Kingdom of Rajarata after Tambapanni and Upatissa Nuwara.

HAMBANTHOTA

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Hambantota, located in the south east corner of Sri Lanka, is an ideal place to enjoy a beach resort area, which also happens to be in close proximity to the Yala National Safari Park, the Bundala Bird Sanctuary, and also the temples at Kataragama. Hambantona is one-of-a-kind tranquil town characterized by its dry landscape, Malay population, colonial architecture, and great expanses of salt, and of-course, golden sandy beaches. Hambantota is mainly a beach resort area. It is a place to relax, so a minimum of 2 nights stay should be planned here, or perhaps even longer!