There are some excellent diving and snorkelling spots (both reefs and wrecks) off the coast of Unawatuna and Mirissa. There are diving centres in both places which offer half day or full day trips. The ocean is at its clearest between January and April.READ MORE
The peninsula where Galle Fort now sits has been occupied by different powers over the centuries. A Sinhala king once had spice warehouses here, then in the 16th century the Portuguese built the first Fort which the Dutch took over and re-built in the 17th century. It fell into British hands in 1796 until Independence in 1948. Today the impressive rampart walls date mainly from the Dutch period with only a small Portuguese section remaining. It well-worth taking a walk around this UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to a vibrant, multi-faith community.READ MORE
The majority of the southern population of Sri Lanka is Buddhist and almost every village is home to a white-washed stupa. Thought to date back to the thirteenth century, the Kataluwa Purwarama temple is a particularly impressive one inland from Koggala. The shrine room is decorated with beautifully restored narrative fresco paintings, some of which show Dutch colonials in Sri Lanka. Unusually, one of the oldest printing presses in Sri Lanka also resides here.READ MORE
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