This is the reputed home of Maduwanwela Disawe (1877-1905), who was a regional ruler in the British era.Its initial construction is said to have taken places as early as 1700AC, when the country was under the rule of King Wimaladharmasuriya II. It was later upgraded by the Maduwanwela family, and is a notable milestone in Sri Lankan architecture, In 1095, it consisted of 121 rooms, 21 courtyards, and three security walls. Adding to its charm is the large painting of Maduwanwela Disawa, which decorates the living room wall to this day.
Golden sandy beach situated in Tangalle.
An ideal place for relax and safe sea bathing. Beach is lined by swaying coconut palms.
There are seven species of turtles in the world.Five out of seven species throughout the year.
Rekawa beach is one of the famous turtle nesting places in Sri Lanka.
Ussangoda is a patch of high by the sea and spreads over a significant area.
But unlike the rest of the land surrounding, it is only covered with grasses and a few smaller pockets of pigmy forests. The summit of Ussangoda area pans like a plateau for a significant length.
The Port of Hambantota. The first phase of the port was opened on 18 November 2010, with the first ceremonial berthing of the naval ship “Jetliner” to use the port facilities.
Hambantota Port is built inland and operated by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.
Mulgirigala rock monastery, with its remarkable history & unrivallled setting is a prime destination. The monastery has a great historical significance dating back to 2nd century B.C.
The mahawamsa records King Saddatissa (137 BC – 118 BC ) that built the stupa on the summit & enshrined relics of Buddha.One of the seven stupas at Mulgirigala was constructed by King Datusena ( 416 – 478 AD ) in fifth century AD. During the reign of King Agbo Giri Vehera was constructed. The temple was further developed when his second son, King Valagambahu ascended the throne for the second time in 88 BC. Renovation work was carried out by King Kirti Sri Rajasinghe (1746 – 1778 AD ). You can climb the rock to see the large reclining Buddha statue and many other Buddha statues in caves and also the Dagoba on the top of the rock.
This is the Dickwella Blow-hole located in Mawella, a small town in Dikwella.
This feature is completely natural where sea spray due to the high water pressure sprays through a blow hole up to sometimes 40 to 50 feet high. This happens usually during the monsoon season, which usually is off-season for beachside resorts in the southern coast of the island. This attraction even through off-season tends to draw massive crowds due to its beauty and strange allure.
Madunagala Hot Spring are a wonderful creation of nature in all its nature beauty.
Historically, these in all its natural water hole. The reason being that are these thermal water contain medicinal properties to cure ailments like skin eruptions and other rheumatic pains.
Even our ancients, particularly the Buddhist monks living in ancient cave hermitages and made the best use of these healing hot springs for body and skin ailments.
This is a recently establishment National park declared with the intention of conserving
The catchment area of the reservoir that has been extensively burnt for slash and burn farming (shifting cultivation ) and such very little forest cover it left.
The park is home to more than 250 elephants, as well as deer, corgadillis, the red faced malkoha and many other bird species at the center of the park is the Udawalawa tank, created by a 5 kilometer dam on the Walawe ganga. Ideal time to visit is morning 06.00hrs or afternoon 15.00hrs.
The elephant Transit Home, since its inception in 1995, has helped care for dozens of injured, sick, or orphaned baby elephants from all over Sri Lanka. Visitors to the home are able to observe an animated group of around 20 or 30 juvenile and teenage pachyderms, who are fed four times a day.
The resident animal are looked after until they are deemed fit enough to be released back into the wild, after which they closely monitored for investigational purposes, as well as their own safety.
The most interior Dutch Fort in the Island was built in 1645 to defend the low country from the invasions from the kingdom of Kandy.
Place where Citronella oil is destillated in a traditional way. Plants are almost thirty years old.
Citronella oil is one of the essential oils obtained from the leaves and stems of different species of Cymbopogon (lemongrass ). The oil is used extensively as a source of perfumery chemicals such as citronellal, citronellol and geraniol.
These chemicals find extensive use in soap,perfumery, cosmetic and flavoring industries throughout the world.
Thissa maharama Degeba was built by King Kavantissa in the 3rd century.It was the largest Dageba in the island at that time. Dageba is enshrined with sacred tooth relic & forehead bone relic of Buddha.
Kiri Vehera is an ancient Stupa situated in Katharagama,built by King Mahasena.
It is 95 ft. In height with a circumference of 280 ft. This structure dates back to the 3rd century BC.
Situlpawwa rock temple with history of over 2200 years in one of the significant Buddhist sites built in the 2nd Century BC. It has a stunning setting. There are two temples perched high atop hard volcanic rock outcrops. Maha Situlpawwa rock is 400 feet in height.
The Dageba is situated on top of the rock and is reached by a difficult steep climb, aided by steps cut into the rock. The Dageba is believed to have been built by King Kawantissa.It houses an intricate cave complex.
The name Situlpawwa is derived from the word ‘Chittalapabbata’ which means the hill of the quiet mind. The rock temple was a place of worship for devotees as wellas a center of Buddhist scholarship.It is believed that in ancient times this rock temple once housed a total of 12,000 Arhaths or monks who achieved the highest mind level in Buddhism. The life that the Arhaths lived in Situlpawwa was a hard one, with silence and solitude. The rock temple is famous for its early Brahmi script, ruins of the preaching house and the fragments of paintings that can be viewed at the image house.
Coir is a natural fiber extracted from the husk of coconut and used in products such as floor mats, doormats, brushes, mattresses etc.. Technically, coir is the fibrous material found between the hard, internal shell and the outer coat of a coconut. Other uses of brown coir (made from ripe coconut) are in upholstery padding, sacking and horticulture. White coir,harvested from unripe coconuts, is used for making finer brushes, string, rope and fishing nets.
This was assumed to be built with the alukandawa mountain range in Panamura village. The fence and gates of the Eth gala were built using logs of strong timber like Milla, Burutha and Kone to a height of about 12 feet with cross stumps. Elephant were caught by large number of people lighting big flames shouting and chasing.
Elephant and arrived annually during July and September from the wilderness area through Kalukandawa mountains to drink water from the never empty water bubble.Elephant have been capture in Krall to tamed and made use of as work animal.
Panamura Ath Raja who rose to legendary fame for defending his herd until he was put to death with a shot fired. Put a full stop to the elephant capturing in late 1950.
Kataragama temple is a Hindu and Buddhist temple complex dedicated to Skanda-Murugan also known as Kataragamadevio. I is believed Kataragama Dewalaya was built by King Dutugemunu, Kataragama Esala Perehera is a famous cultural pageant.
Kirinda is a small but beautiful village on the southern coast of Sri Lanka close to Kataragama. It has a beautiful beach and Buddhist shrine built on a huge round rock.
The are is also close to the Great and Little Basses reefs which provide some of the most spectacular scuba diving in the country. One of the most well-known attractions in Kirinda is statue of Queen Viharamaha Devi.This is situated on the spot where she is said to have landed after being set adrift on the sea from Kelaniya. The rock temple mentioned above is largely believed to be the site of her landing.
The Yala National Park or Ruhuna National Park is the second largest and most visited national park in Sri Lanka.
Yala is situated in the southeast region of the country and lies in the southern and Uva province.The park is best known for its variety of wild animals and is one of the 70 important bird area in Sri Lanka. Yala harbours 215 bird species including six endemic species of the country. The number of mammals that has been record from the park is 44, and is has one of the highest leopard densities in the world.