The waters off the south coast are rich with fish including marlin, sailfish, tuna, mackerel, barracudas, groupers and snappers. Trips can be organised from Unawatuna or Mirissa. The best time of year for fishing is between November and May when the ocean is at its calmest.READ MORE
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve, Sinharaja is home to 50% of Sri Lanka’s endemic species of mammals, butterflies, insects, reptiles and rare amphibians. A rainforest walk with a naturalist is a must for keen bird watchers and nature lovers.READ MORE
Located in Habaraduwa, 20 minutes from Kiripalu, the Sea Turtle Hatchery has released over 1,000,000 turtles into the ocean since it began in 1986. Five types of turtle are found along the southern coast: Oliver Ridley, Loggerhead, Hawksbill, Leatherhead and Green. During a visit you can see turtles which are being cared for, learn about the hatching project and even take part in the monthly beach clean.READ MORE
For all levels, the stretch of coast between Galle and Matara has some excellent surf spots. For beginners, Weligama and Dewata are ideal, while for experienced surfers Kabalana Beach, which is within walking distance, has some more challenging breaks.READ MORE
The south of the island is home to numerous tea estates, including the Handunugoda White Tea Plantation, close to Koggala. Tea from the estate appears on menus of famous establishments around the world including Mariage Frères in Paris. A visit includes a tour of the estate, as well as a comprehensive tasting experience.READ MORE
Particularly for bird watchers, a morning or afternoon boat trip on Koggala Lake is a memorable experience. Some trips include visiting an island where cinnamon is grown. Here you can watch how the sweet-smelling branches are peeled to make the sticks used in cooking.READ MORE
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