Southern Province Travel Guide

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Bentota

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56,132,25

Hikkaduwa

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53,177,10

Galle

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91,294,11

Unawatuna

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68,150,8

Kataragama

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13,30,1

Mirissa South

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25,56,0

Tangalla

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13,22,4

Matara

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21,92,0

Hambantota

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8,26,1

Tissamaharama

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11,49,0

Yala National Park

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8,51,0

Induruwa

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4,19,1

Ahungalla

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1,4,2

Akurala

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2,10,0

Weligama

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2,12,3

Kirinda

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0,5,1

Koggala

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Madu Ganga

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0,3,0

Angulugaha

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0,0,1

Ahangama

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1,0,1

Mulkirigala

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0,17,0

Bentota

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  • Tour guide/driver

    Bentota Transportation

    If you need a tour guide/driver for your excursions by van or tuk tuk , I can recommend a guy called Sena.You can meet him at his "offfice" on the beach between Bentota Beach Hotel and Hotel Ceysands, or you can contact him by mail or phone.

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  • Saman Villas Bentota

    Bentota Hotels

    Way overpriced. Not a 5 star hotel in the least. Location and establishment may be 5 star but the...

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  • Bentota Tour

    Bentota Transportation

    You won't regret using Bentota Tour. I have contacted with many different car charter companies in Sri Lanka beforehand but he was an absolute best chauffeur.Mr.Himashi is an intelligent and knowlegeable about nature/culture and of course Sri Lanka.He speaks well English and is a very punktual guy. Oh, even he speaks Japanese too!His car is Prius...

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Hikkaduwa

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  • Sri Lankan breakfast on Galle Road

    Hikkaduwa Restaurants

    We ate at Dasu's Hut on our first morning in Hikkaduwa in March 2014.We had just walked along the beach for the first time and were ready for a late breakfast. Dasu's Hut looked like an inviting place to eat with its upstairs terrace looking out over busy Galle Road.We were met by the owner and shown to an upstairs table (at our request). We had...

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  • Aditya

    Hikkaduwa Hotels

    719/1 Galle Road, Devenigoda, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Taxi from Colombo Airport to Hikkaduwa

    Hikkaduwa Transportation

    During our visit to Sri Lanka in March 2014, we landed at Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport and needed to make our way to our hotel in the south-west beach resort town of Hikkaduwa, some 140km away.We knew from our pre-trip research that we could easily hire a taxi at the airport from one of several companies. We also knew, thanks to the...

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Galle

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  • Decent food, abysmal service.

    Galle Restaurants

    One parti8cular evening, my preferred eating house in the Fort area of Galle was shut. It is the excellent Sea Green restaurant which forms the basis of a separate tip. I took a little walk and came upon the Fort Dew restaurant which I had walked past several times before, so that sounded like a plan.When I walked in there was nobody there other...

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  • Tamarind Hill

    Galle Hotels

    No: 288 Galle Road, Dadella, Galle, 80000, Sri Lanka

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • A late but decent find.

    Galle Things to Do

    I had seen the Sydney Hotel a few times as it stands right beside the rather large bus station in Galle (see separate tip) but it was only on the day I was leaving the town that I managed to visit as I was always getting a bus somewhere or returning lateish when it was shut (most bars in Sri Lanka shut @ 2200 hours). This turned out to be somewhat...

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Unawatuna

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  • A fine roti hut.

    Unawatuna Restaurants

    For those of you who have not been lucky enough to visit Sri Lanka, I should explain the concept of the roti (or rotti) hut. It is basically a place that sells an unleavened bread, either sweet or savoury, and it forms a staple of the Sri Lankan diet, they are everywhere. Roti huts range from the most humble little shacks to quite upmarket places...

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  • Sri Gemunu Beach Resort

    Unawatuna Hotels

    Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Worth the walk up.

    Unawatuna Things to Do

    I have mentioned in my Unawatuna introduction page that the main draw here is the beach and that is undoubtedly what the vast majority of travellers come here for. There is, however, one other thing to do if you are not intent on topping up your tan and that is to visit the Buddhist shrine at the "far" end of the beach from the main road. It sits...

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Kataragama

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  • Lagoon sand & golden beach

    Kataragama Favorites

    This place is few kilometers away from Kataragama, a safari called Yala. This National park is the best place for you to see loads of Elephants, Bears, Leopards, Birds & many more other wild animals within a few hours of travel. The sites are breath taking. When you get to this place, you are in a totally a different world. Experience it...I am...

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  • Mandara Rosen

    Kataragama Hotels

    No 57 Detagamuwa, Kataragama, Sri Lanka, Kataragama, Sri Lanka

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Lagoon sand & golden beach

    Kataragama Favorites

    This place is few kilometers away from Kataragama, a safari called Yala. This National park is the best place for you to see loads of Elephants, Bears, Leopards, Birds & many more other wild animals within a few hours of travel. The sites are breath taking. When you get to this place, you are in a totally a different world. Experiance it...I am...

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Mirissa South

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  • Mirissa Water Sports (Pvt) Ltd - Whale...

    Mirissa South Things to Do

    Mirissa water sports ( Pvt) Ltd is the first successful commercial Whale and Dolphin watching trip organizer. MWS provide the best exciting and unforgettable whale watching tours to all visitors to Sri Lanka.Based at Mirissa Harbour, Mirissa Water Sports provides exciting whale watching, sports fishing, sailing, coastal cruises, snorkelling and...

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  • Whale Watching Mirissa

    Mirissa South Things to Do

    Mirissa sri lanka is famous for blue whales and sperm whales watching and the season begins in october to april in every year.during the season the sea is calm and makes comfort travel.whale watching tour operates by private boat tour companies and you will need to contact them early for make reservation and also you will have to be in mirissa...

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  • Madu's cookery class

    Mirissa South Things to Do

    Madu from Amarasinghe's guesthouse offers Sri Lankan cookery courses twice daily. They last for about 2 hours and you can eat the food afterwards. When we were there, we were 7 people in one class; the sheltered outdoor kitchen offers enough space. The day before when we were there to register for the class, the ongoing class had only 4 students,...

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Tangalla

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  • Swimming

    Tangalla Things to Do

    Tangalla is not a good place for swimming although the sea is warm enough. But if you try to do so, please be very careful. The trick is to get into the water avoiding big waves (the same for getting out), then you should be fine. As you get deeper the waves are not that strong and it is much more fun to swim. At least I enjoyed that - with lots of...

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  • Amanwella

    Tangalla Hotels

    Bodhi Mawatha, Wella Wathuara, Godellawela, Tangalle, Sri Lanka

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Rocky part of Tangalla beach

    Tangalla Things to Do

    Just north of the sandy beach of Tangalla is a rocky one. There are some hotels right on the rocks of the coast. It is worth to go there if you want some climbing and crawling rather than just walking. Besides it is the best place to see the perfect sunrise and escape from any tourists.

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Matara

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  • Great food, inexplicably quiet.

    Matara Restaurants

    I had read good things about hte Pearl Cliff in my guidebook and had decided that I was going to treat myself to a meal there one evening when I was in Matatra. When I say treat myself, all these things are relative, I had a wonderful meal and a couple of beers and it still came to a lot less than £10 ($15US). I had been to see the big Buddha image...

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  • Visit the big Buddha.

    Matara Off The Beaten Path

    I should start this tip by saying that I am no expert on comparative religion, indeed I am no expert on anything but I have noticed a trend in Asia which seems to revolve about building the biggest Buddha image possible and this tip refers to one of these attempts. It is in the village of Weherahena, not far from Matara which houses an absolutely...

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  • Slightly odd but great food.

    Matara Restaurants

    One evening in Matara I was wandering about looking for a bit of a snack fairly late in the evening. when I say fairly late in Sri Lanka I mean before ten in the evening. It is really hard to get anything to eat after about nine in the evening anywhere there, including Colombo, the capital. Anyway, I happened upon the Indian Spice as I was having a...

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Hambantota

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  • Bundala National Park

    Hambantota Things to Do

    The Bundala National Park is located towards the south of Wirawila Weva. Near the coast of Hambantota.. This is a wildlife sanctuary and is protected by the Wildlife department.. This zone can be reached by normal vehicle, but entry to the park is allowed only with a 4WD Jeep.. If the weather has been good (sunny) for the past several weeks, they...

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  • The Oasis Ayurveda Beach Hotel

    Hambantota Hotels

    The name says it all - it is an oasis in the south of Sri Lanka. If you need to spend some time off...

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  • Thanamalwila River (Hambantota)

    Hambantota Off The Beaten Path

    Thanamalwila is located north of the Hambantota town and borders along the main river system which often rages when there is ample rainfall.. The unique ecosystem offers varying levels of wildlife which cannot be found in other parts of Hambantota. For example: on my last visit I noticed an female elephant roaming around the compound of hostel...

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Tissamaharama

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  • Too many 4x4's

    Tissamaharama Tourist Traps

    So if you are like everyone else, the main purpose of coming to town is to go on a photo safari through Yala National Park.There appears to be many more drivers and 4x4's than there are visitors. Everyone in town has some relation to one operator or another and funnels business to them.There are never posted prices, nor do they accept credit. They...

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  • Cheap & Good local food

    Tissamaharama Restaurants

    The place offers buffet lunch with 3 choices of curries + white rice. Rs75. At nite, there is no buffet but a la carte. A fried rice dish Rs150.The owner is a young couple. Very friendly but speak little English.Oops! The pic of my lunch buffet was finished but I took that pic. Sori no sample dish this time for your reference. Why not take a packet...

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  • Coconut trees by paddy fields

    Tissamaharama Things to Do

    This beautiful scenery is by the Tissa Dagoba. You can enjoy it when you walk along the road from the tank to the Tissa town centre.

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Yala National Park

  • 4x4 photo safari

    Yala National Park Things to Do

    The safaris start at dawn and run until the sun goes down, so schedule your departures accordingly. Basic plan is that the park entrance is ~25km from town, which takes about 40 minutes. Once in the park, the driver will bounce down his roads of choice to find the best spots for wildlife viewing. Unless otherwise arranged, time in the park will be...

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  • Too many 4x4's

    Yala National Park Tourist Traps

    There appears to be many more drivers and 4x4's than there are visitors. Everyone in town has some relation to one operator or another and funnels business to them.There are never posted prices, nor do they accept credit. They are very quick to make a deal and get you off, before you can shop around and check prices with anyone else. Case in point,...

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  • Animals at Yala

    Yala National Park Things to Do

    There is plenty to see at Yala. In a couple of days we saw golden jackal, leopard, monitor lizards, crocs, ruddy mongoose, chameleons etc. My tip would be to search in and around the track itself since the vegetation i spretty hick. Your best chances of sightings are in and around the track.

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Induruwa

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Weligama

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