Places to Visit
During your golfing holiday in Hambantota, which is known for its natural beauty, our clients may wish to see and visit some of the cultural, and historic sites, take a wildlife safari, or join a city or evening tour. Below we have picked out some of the more notable places to visit, all within relatively easy distance of the hotel. In collaboration with our local travel partner, we can arrange to include some of these experiences in your holiday. We can also offer suggestions if you have any interests or things, you would especially like to do or see.
Places of Historical, Cultural or Wildlife Interest
Considered to be the most perfectly preserved colonial town in Sri Lanka, the streets around the historic Fort in the old Dutch town, a Unesco World Heritage Site, are full of little boutique shops, cafes and hotels owned by local and foreign artists, writers, photographers, designers and poets.
The extensive collection of shrines and temples is and considered one of the holiest sites on the island being held sacred by Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims alike. Pilgrims come all year round to worship at the shrine of the god Kataragama.
Mahamodara Sea Turtle Hatchery
We rescue turtles who are in danger of losing their lives to the fishing industry whether they are caught in nets or hunted for meat. We currently have 40 turtles, including 4 types of turtles. All are welcome to come and visit to see and learn about Tara turtles here in Sri Lanka.
This little village with its crescent shaped beach blanketed with coconut trees is one of the safest beaches along the southern coast and has now found fame as the whale-watching capital of Sri Lanka where Dondra Head is one of the best places to see these magnificent creatures.
Sri Lanka’s finest southern ancient monument, the seven, beautifully decorated ancient cave temples are carved out of the flanks of an enormous rock outcrop and are connected by paved granite paths and around 500 steps up to the Dagoba Terrace with wonderful views of the surrounding area.
Sithulpawwa Rock Temple
Sithulpawwa Rajamaha Viharaya “Rock Temple” is a temple complex of very historical significance. Identified as one of the greatest Buddhist 2nd-century sites, the large number of stupas, cave temples, Buddha statues, a stupa house, and image houses are spread over a large land area. Amongst these is a cave temple with ancient paintings, done on a thin layer of plaster on the rock surface in red and yellow colours, they are thought to belong to the 3rd century BC.
Home to a string of remarkable historic buildings including the 55.8 metre high Tissa Dagoba, which stands majestically against the backdrop of the night sky and Tissa Wewa, a magnificent man-made reservoir with its wonderful bird life that provides the scenic backdrop for the town.
Udawalawe National Park
Established as the fifth national park of Sri Lanka in June 1972. Covering almost 31,000 hectares, which includes the huge “Walawe reservoir”, it is one of the most expansive parks in Sri Lanka. The dry grassland and scrubland, extensive regions of tall grass, scrubs, and trees are favourite environmental conditions for Elephants who spend a substantial portion of the year at Udawalawe. When on safari in this wonderful game sanctuary you can expect to see multiple elephants, exotic creatures, such as the Sri Lankan leopard, and large numbers of endemic bird species.
Yala National Park
This has the world’s highest concentration of leopards and whilst much of the nature reserve is parkland, it also includes jungle, beaches, freshwater lakes, rivers and scrubland making it home to a wide diversity of wildlife.