The unspoilt beaches of the further south coast of Sri Lanka, lagoons with luscious green Mangroves and abundance of activities for the marine lover;
with sightseeing activities of historical and cultural importance to the amazing natural "wonder" of the blowhole;
.....this is the paradise for the experiential traveller to explore!
The blow hole is a natural triangular formation of rocks forcing volumes of sea water created by waves to be pushed up through a hole formed at the bottom. This action "blows" water to the air with a whistling sound and has been a place of attraction for many locals and foreigners over the years. The path to the blow hole has many vendors selling keep sakes and other local flare for you to try. The spicy mango (known as amba achcharu) or the fried fish with a few gulps of thambili (king coconut) will refresh you for the hike back.
Situated on a rock that is 210m high, rising almost vertically from the surrounding forest, is this rock cave temple of Mulkirigala. Founded in approximately 130 BC, the cave temple has been a Buddhist monastery for thousands of years. The seven cave temples built on five terraces have beautiful paintings depicting the life of Lord Buddha as well as statues of reclining, seated and standing Buddha. Architecture from the Kandyan era including wooden columns and carvings are still evident in this ancient temple.
Scuba diving and snorkeling are popular in the clear waters of Tangalle as in the case with many others parts of the coast. The best times to explore underwater life are when seas are calm during the seasonal months of October to April where you can swim with colorful fish and sea turtles amidst the beautiful coral reef.
The nearby town of Rakawa is a seaside rural community that has been making an effort to contribute towards the preservation of sea turtles. The villagers are cognizant of the fate of the sea turtles and have been running hatcheries to protect them from extinction. Some non-governmental organizations have also been running sanctuaries to protect the eggs in its natural habitat. A late night tour to one of these hatcheries or sanctuaries might give you a glimpse of the sea turtles that come ashore to lay their eggs.
Tele Cinema Village in Ranminitenna situated on 235 acres of land is the first of its kind in Sri Lanka. The village encompasses of all facilities for the tele-drama and cinema production – villas; accommodation for production crew, actors and actresses; restaurants; buildings for workshops, studios, and other services as well as parking facilities. The village also has its own natural environment, consisting of rivers, lakes, mountainous locations, forests, as well as urban locations.
On the way back from the excursion, you could stop by at the International Cricket Stadium, Habantota Harbour, Mattala International Airport and Wind Farms.