The South of Sri Lanka is a tourist’s paradise and home to some of the most breathtaking attractions in the country. Apart from palm-fringed beaches or and beautiful golden sandy shores, our Southern coastline is known for some remarkable landmarks, amazing dining experiences, adventure, and the perfect getaway spot for your next trip.
While, there are many things to do during your stay, we’ve thought of pinning down our top five favourite blocks places to visit at down south Sri Lanka.
Mirissa is a premiere spot for whale and dolphin watching, which is one of the main attractions in the area. The best time to visit would be from November and April, as there will be a high chance of spotting these beautiful ocean creatures near the port of Mirissa. This whole experience takes 4–5 hours, and you can book this excursion through a tour company that offers whale and dolphin watching packages. Experience a little sea safari on the crystal clear sapphire waters of Mirissa.
Escape to the wilderness in Yala and immerse yourself in some of the best Sri Lankan wildlife. Explore national parks and take a safari to witness some amazing sloth bears, jackals, sambars, elephants, crocodiles, exotic birds and of course, leopards. Yala National Park is known to have the highest density of leopards in the world, so there’s a great change of spotting these beauties out in the open. The best time to visit Yala would be from February to June.
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If you’re an adrenaline junkie with a knack for adventure, then you should definitely make your way towards Bentota. With a wide range of activities like river safaris and boat rides through a thickly dense mangrove forest, you are surely bound to spot wildlife such as crocodiles, water monitors, and exotic birds.For some action-packed entertainment, engage in water sports in Bentota. From jet-skiing, wind surfing, boat rides, water boarding to scuba diving and snorkelling, Bentota has got you covered. There are many sport centres that offer these activities, and you can enjoy a full day out with your friends and family.
Surfing should definitely make it in your Down South bucket list as it is one of the best activities to do in the South of Sri Lanka. Known for some of the best surf sports in the country, it has a number of surf breaks to suit all levels. Beginners should check out Weligama and Hiriketiya, while advanced surfers should make way to Mediha and Polhena.
As you walk through the narrow lane of Galle Fort, there’s something magical about this UNESCO World Heritage Site that draws you in with its old world charm. This historic monument was built by the Portuguese, fortified by the Dutch and then taken over by the Brits. With so much to explore and experience, walking through Galle Fort and sightseeing all that’s around is quite an immersive experience.
With many things to do in down south Sri Lanka, why not, make a quick stop and fill yourself with some yummy goodness? Come and taste some authentic Italian cuisine at AQUA Forte, located right here at the heart of Galle Fort. AQUA Forte is the best place to treat you and loved ones to an authentic Italian fine dining experience. Unwind with a glass of Italian wine and let the culinary experts at AQUA Forte transport you to Italy. If you’re craving for a slice of Pizza, head over to AQUA Pizza for some traditional Italian Pizza.