Wadduwa, Sri Lanka
With its serene beach and assortment of all types of hotels, Wadduwa will please families, couples and singles alike.
Wadduwa is located on the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka, 70 km from the international airport and about 40 km from Colombo. This chilled-out beach paradise is hidden between coconut plantations and said to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the region with golden sands contrasting against the clear blue skies.
The water is safe for swimming and also offers options for various water sports such as windsurfing. On the beach, you can enjoy beach volleyball.
Wadduwa is a working fisherman village and each morning the fishermen gather to sell their catch of the day – experience it yourself by strolling down to the market in the morning to see what the warm Indian Ocean waters have given for the day.
Wadduwa is the perfect getaway spot for families and relaxed couples looking for a romantic holiday on the beach. Nightlife here is as relaxed as the days and mainly consists of tasty seafood dinners followed by cocktails in the evenings.
Rather than bars and nightclubs, most of the nightlife in Wadduwa is contained to the hotels which makes it a great destination for families of all ages. The people are very friendly and the beaches are safe during the days and also for that long walk on the beach you’ve been yearning for.
Distance from important cities:
- Colombo: 30 kms
- Bentota : 30 kms
- Kandy: 148 kms
- Jaffna: 426 kms
Galle, Southern Province, Sri Lanka
Galle Fort, in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria iv, for its unique exposition of "an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
The Galle Dutch Fort is a rare historical jewel protected by dark, thick stone walls – with the endless ocean on one side. The roads inside the Galle Fort have hardly changed, like the squares on a chess board crisscrossing in regular patches. Straight and narrow lanes branch in and out inviting the visitor to a delightful walk into the 17th century.
Galle Fort is a beautiful place to visit, and one of the few truly walkable destinations in Sri Lanka. More than the actual places to eat and see, it's the general appearance of the cobblestone alleys and the crazy colourful walls that are so much fun to wander through.
When walking around the fort ramparts, don't miss the dare-devil cliff-divers, who expertly lunge themselves into the rocky depths below! The fabulous gem shops and art galleries are lovely places to while away the afternoon, whilst the delightful cafes and restaurants invite you to take a break from your promenade and enjoy a refreshment in their shady courtyards.
Check out Yamu's Guides to Galle Fort here:
Lunuganga, Bentota, Southern Province, Sri Lanka
Lunuganga Estate was the country home of the renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. Started in 1947, the garden led Bawa, who trained as a lawyer to decide to become an architect. As he went on to become Sri Lanka’s most prolific and influential architect, the garden at the Lunuganga Estate remained his first muse and experimental laboratory for new ideas. He continued to change and experiment with its spaces and structures throughout his life until his final illness in 1998. Left to the Lunuganga Trust on his demise in 2003, the gardens are now open to the public and the buildings on the estate are run as a country house hotel.
Ask your Butler or the Front Desk if you would like to visit Lunuganga Estate for a Garden Tour or a Boat tour!
Bolgoda Lake, Western Province, Sri Lanka
Fishing or Birdwatching on Bolgoda Lake
Sri Lanka's waterways and lakes are one of the country's defining qualities. The Bolgoda Lake is one of the most renowned and significant lakes in Sri Lanka and is considered a biodiversity hotspot.
Spanning 374 square kilometres, the romantic Bolgoda Lake is situated in the Western Province of Sri Lanka, just south of Colombo in the Kalutara District. It is the largest fresh water lake in the country.
The lake contains several little islets which are used by boatmen to rest during their long journeys. The lake also plays an important role with regards to biodiversity, being home to several species of fish, amphibians, mammals and birds. It is also famous for its enthralling mangrove jungles.
The Bolgoda Lake is around 20-50 feet deep and covers almost two-thirds of the Kalutara District. The peacefulness and tranquillity that is synonymous with its surroundings has made it a prefect relaxation spot since colonial times.
This gorgeous lake is also a hotspot for inland fishing enthusiasts. Species such as the Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Bull-eyed Mackerel and even Barracudas can be found in these waters when the salinity levels increase.
R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Khettarama Temple Road, Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan's love cricket and derive great pride from their national team's successes. Serene Pavilions is ideally located between Colombo - which has two international grounds - and the stunning Galle International Stadium. Watching international cricket in Sri Lanka is a cauldron of noise, colour and intensity and even for wavering fans an integral part of a trip to the island.
Here is a Kid's Essay published in the Sunday Times on the country's favourite sport:
Cricket is a very famous game all around the world. In my country Sri Lanka, they play very powerful cricket. My favourite cricketer is Kumar Sangakkara. My favourite bowler is T. M. Dilshan. He bowls very fast. The Sri Lankan team is famous all over the world. Sri Lanka won the Cricket World Cup in 1996.
The cricket teams that I like in the world are; Sri Lanka, England, India, West Indies, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, New Zealand and Bangladesh. Cricket is an awesome game and is loved by youngsters. Cricket is a professional outdoor game played in many countries on a national and international level. There are two main people, a batsman and a bowler playing at one time. Both are changed timely when the batsman is out or the bowler has completed his number of balls in an over. Before the start of a match, a coin is tossed to decide which team should bat or bowl.
Cricket is a hard game and must be practiced on a regular basis. It is interesting to watch as well as to play. Cricket is my favourite game.
Chamoth Madusanka (13 years)
Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka
Sinharaja Virgin Rainforest
Sinharaja Forest Reserve is probably the best kept secret in Asia – it is one of the least disturbed and biologically unique lowland rain forests in the region.
Sinharaja Rainforest is the last viable remnant of Sri Lanka’s tropical lowland rainforest, and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the few virgin forests left in the world.
It spans an area of 18900 acres and is bounded by rivers on three sides. It is a biodiversity hotspot; streams, springs, rivers, waterfalls, leopards, monkeys, butterflies and moths, rare trees, valuable shrubs and medicinal herbs are all found within its green canopy. The largest mammal in the Sinharaja Rain Forest is the rarely spotted leopard, also infrequently glimpsed are the rusty spotted and wild fishing cats. Sambhur, barking deer and wild boar browse on the forest floor. The more common troops of purple-faced langur monkeys will chatter and move through the trees above you, but you're more likely to hear them than actually see them. There are also rats, shrews, giant squirrels, porcupines, civets, mongooses, venomous snakes, 20 species of birds and 45 species of reptiles.
A trek along prescribed paths would provide nature lovers with a never to be forgotten experience of sights and sounds.