Southern Province Travel Guide

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Bentota

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56,132,25

Hikkaduwa

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63,224,10

Galle

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95,310,11

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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18,44,4

Matara

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22,93,0

Hambantota

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8,26,1

Ahungalla

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2,9,2

Induruwa

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4,19,1

Tissamaharama

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11,49,0

Kirinda

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0,5,1

Weligama

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2,12,3

Koggala

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0,3,2

Yala National Park

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8,51,0

Akurala

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2,10,0

Madu Ganga

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0,3,0

Dondra East

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1,6,0

Ahangama

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1,0,1

Talpe

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2,9,0

Kosgoda

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2,3,0

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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  • Natural Moonstone Mine & Gem Palace

    Hikkaduwa Things to Do

    We visited the Natural Moonstone Mine & Gem Palace during our visit to Sri Lanka in March 2014.I thought about building this tip under the "Tourist Trap" category, because that's essentially what it is. We knew how the visit would likely pan out; we'd be shown the mine, told lots of facts about moonstones and other gems, probably get the chance to...

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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

  • Happy Hour cocktails at sunset!

    Hikkaduwa Nightlife

    Golden Sand Beach Hotel became our favourite spot for drinking cocktails at sunset during our stay in Hikkaduwa in March 2014.This laid back beach hotel, restaurant and bar is located on the beachside of Galle Road and offers a great outdoor seating area overlooking the beach and providing wonderful views of the surfers and the sunset.There are...

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Galle

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  • Buses between Hikkaduwa and Galle

    Galle Transportation

    During our visit to Sri Lanka in March 2014, we stayed in the beach resort of Hikkaduwa on the island's south-west coast, about 2 hours south of Colombo. Whilst there, we were keen to visit the nearby town of Galle, famous for its fort walls and international cricket ground, located about 20km away.We could have hired a tuk tuk to take us there...

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  • The Fortress

    Galle Hotels

    Koggala, GALLE, Sri Lanka, LK

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • A delicious selection of vegetarian...

    Galle Restaurants

    We first became aware of Galle's Lucky Fort Restaurant while researching restaurants prior to our trip to Sri Lanka in March 2014. It was ranked #1 of 122 restaurants in Galle at the time (and still is as I write this review two months later).It was receiving glowing reviews thanks to its large selection of freshly cooked curries at great value...

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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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  • Looks beautiful but beware.

    Tangalla Warnings and Dangers

    The beach at Tangalle is undoubtedly beautiful and on a hot day it may seem like a good idea to just dive into the surf of the Indian Ocean but beware as it is not as benign as it appears and there have been a number of drownings on this beach. The most recent figures I can find, which are admittedly a little old, are that no less than 24 people...

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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

  • Stunning location, excellent food.

    Tangalla Restaurants

    There are a number of excellent little eateries along the beach East of the lagoon and I certainly didn't try all of them in the short time I was in Tangalle. I did, however, find this place relatively early and returned for more than one meal as the food really was so good. The location is picture postcard perfect as you can see from one of the...

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Matara

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  • Loks lovely but be careful.

    Matara Warnings and Dangers

    The beaches at Matara are undoubtedly beautiful and on a hot day it may seem like a good idea to just dive into the surf of the Indian Ocean but beware as it is not as benign as it appears and there have been a number of drownings in this area. The most recent figures I can find, which are admittedly a little old, are that no less than 24 people...

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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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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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Ahungalla

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  • Golden Creeper Spice & Herbal Garden

    Ahungalla Things to Do

    We visited Golden Creeper Spice & Herbal Garden during our stay in Sri Lanka in March 2014.This was one of several stops that we made during a day long tour of the area by tuk tuk. Golden Creeper is located in the village of Ahungalla, to the north of the town of Ambalangoda, on the west coast of Sri Lanka.We arrived at Golden Creeper just after...

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  • Heritance Ahungalla

    Ahungalla Hotels

    Ahungalla, Sri Lanka, Ahungalla, Sri Lanka, LK

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Induruwa

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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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Weligama

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  • Accidental but a great find.

    Weligama Restaurants

    If you have read my introduction to Weligama which, at time of writing has a mere single tip supplied by the very well-respected VT member sachara you will have got an idea that it is not a very much travelled place and you will also know that I didn't even intend to be there, I merely needed to use the facilities!Fortunately, within 100 yards of...

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  • Barberyn Beach Ayurveda Resort

    Weligama Hotels

    I went to Barberyn for 10 days last May to recover from a bout of hard work and stress. I did not...

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