Month: June 2012

This site is met with 1 km away from Ranna on he Ranna-Kalamatiya road. The Bird Sanctary in Kalametiya was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1938 (2.500 hectares) but this was abolished in 1946 due to the opposition of local residents. A considerably reduced area was once again declared a sanctuary in 1984, The Sanctuary […]

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Scuba diving and snorkelling are popular in the clear waters of Tangalle. When the seas are calm, from October to April, beautiful coral reefs, colourful fishes, and even sea turtles can be spotted. Tangalle Divers scuba shop near the Tangalle Bay Hotel offers daily trips during the season. The Island’s underwater scenery is as spectacular […]

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Ussangoda is a legendary landing place of Ravana, the evil king of Hindu mythology who piloted his special peacock chariot across the skies. The area’s landscape is unusual, and its red earth is barren – possibly the result of a meteor that struc k in ancient times. Ussangoda provides a panoramic view of the beach and […]

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The name “Hambantota” was derived from the sinhala words “Hamban” and “Thota”. The former which was used to describe a certain variety of sailing craft and the latter which means the “port”. So “Hambantota” really was the” port for Hambans”.The town associated with this port as well as the administrative region round it came to […]

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The most imposing rock temple in the south of the island is situated on an isolated rock 210m high, rising almost vertically from the surrounding forest. Terraces are found across the sloped southern side of this rock, where cave temples nestle beneath ledges of overhanging rock. The ancient origins of this temple are unclear, but […]

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