Sri Lanka’s south coast is mostly less developed than its west coast (with exceptions in parts). It is home to gorgeous beaches, colonial townships, traditional stilt fishermen, stunning sunsets and wildlife spotting opportunities. Our favourite spots are Tangalle, Weligama, Koggala and Mirissa, but there are also hidden gems in Dikwella, Hambantota and Thalpe.
Tangalle is a good place to explore the area’s highlights, including the Mulkirigala Temple and Hummanaya Blowhole. A particular treat is an evening visit to Rekawa Beach, highly treasured for the marine turtles that lay eggs here each night. Weligama is one of the prettiest town on the south coast and is scattered with surf schools and diving centres, whereas Koggala is one of the best places to see the iconic stilt fishermen and is home to Koggala Lake and the Koggala Turtle Hatchery. Mirissa is the place to stay for whale watching, and Hambantota is home to the luxurious Shangri-La and gives great access to Yala and Bundala National Parks.