Best things to do in Southern Province and sightseeing in Southern Province
Galle - Southern Province
Galle is a city rich in Dutch history. The view from the fort offers stunning panoramic vistas of the emerald green ocean. You can browse the main shops dotting the streets of Galle for artefacts to take back home.
Galle fort - Southern Province
Very charming place. We went there late evening so couldn't get nice pictures of the place :( A daytime visit is a must for those interested in architecture and photography.
Kosgoda is famous for its turtle hatchery operated by the Wildlife Protection Society of Sri Lanka. Several species of turtles, especially the endangered hawksbill are protected here. Most vulnerable of all are their eggs which are left uncovered on beaches all around the coast. These eggs are brought to the hatcheries by the fishermen. Visitors are shown the huge tanks filled with new born but lively hatchlings. After being fed, the hatchlings are taken to the sea and released when they are a few days old. We loved the turtle hatchery so much, that we ended up going to one more hatchery enroute Galle
Hikkaduwa - Southern Province
You could meet people of various interests, you could karoake to music by a tourists with a guitar, or you can join a group of people playing cards on a table... No inhibitions, no judgments and loads of laughter.
Mirissa Beach - Southern Province
Taprobane Island - Southern Province
Love could be born here. In fact, I dare you to go with a man or woman of your choice and not fall in love. And for the eccentrics like me-this castle in the sky can only be accessed by wading from shore through the Indian Ocean. A weekend at Taprobane Island was like my own dream of a certain ‘Je ne sais quois’ which I always imagined. My time at Taprobane, what caprice.
Unawatuna Beach - Southern Province
Amanwella - Southern Province
Amanwella is set within a coconut grove facing a crescent moon shaped beach in Tangalle on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Each of the 30 suites here are bungalow-villa style with their own plunge pools, crisp white linens (very signature Aman) and terraces facing the beach. Designed by Sri Lanka’s famous architect Geoffrey Bawas, Amanwella, is clean and contemporary; completely in contrast to it’s sister property Amangalla in Galle. And though nothing for me could match the essence of old world beauty that won me over at Amangalla, Amanwella had many offerings of its own.
Amangalla - Southern Province
Amangalla highlights Galle in a way that accentuates its colonial charm with the port nearby and countryside surrounding. The essence of standing amidst Amangalla is something ethereal all of its own. I cannot quite compare it to anything else but the giddy feeling of falling in love. The pristine atmosphere here matched just the reason for which I had come: a day of pampering-Aman style. I was ready to be spoiled by the Amangalla staff and curious to know what they had in store for me.
Yala National Park Information Centre - Southern Province
Yala national park is famous for Leopards. But our tough luck that only on that fateful day, none of the approx. 100 cars in the jungle could spot even a single leopard. We did spot a few jackals outside the jungle boundaries though. Nothing rare except that. Before going on a safari, it would be good to check if its a holiday in SL or if the weather's too hot.
Hotel Taj Exotica Sri Lanka - Southern Province
I reached Sri Lanka at the wrong time. Alone. There were some terror activities just the week before I landed and the entire city of Colombo was full of men with arms. After spending a couple of days in the city, shopping and roaming aimlessly, I knew I had to get out and see the countryside. So I rented a car and left towards Bentota. The drive was gorgeous. The road was laced with rain drops and pretty temples and ever-smiling people were my constant companions. I didn’t want the journey to end but once I reached Taj Exotica (the former name of the hotel) I knew I had to stop. The hotel was an oasis of calm and peace. The classic interiors with wooden high ceilings and large windows overlooking the private beach and the everlasting Indian Ocean screamed perfection. And I have to mention the standard Taj service which is always a plus. To be honest I don’t remember a lot of details but I can confidently say that my two days and one night stay before I left to explore more of Sri Lanka was a lesson in serenity. I would go back.
Bentota - Southern Province
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