Southern Province

Existing from the 19th century, the Southern Province in Sri Lanka borders most of the tranquil coastlines and nature parks of the island. Being the 3rd most populated Province in Sri Lanka; it comprises 2.5 million residents from multi-religious backgrounds. The main towns include Ambalangoda, Galle, Hambantota, Hikkaduwa, Matara, Tangalle and Weligama. Although this region was affected by the devastation day of the tsunami, the Province has been resorted quickly to welcome visitors from everywhere. 

The southern Province covers notable landmarks including Ussangoda, the holy city of Kataragama, Ancient city of Galle, Tissamaharama and Kirinda, Most renowned wildlife reserves Yala and Udawalawe national park.

Set on the southern tip and 119 km from Colombo, Galle is the main capital of Southern Province in Sri Lanka. Sleepy Galle is well-known for its cultural background lasting from the 16th century. It boasts of the remaining Fort built by the Europeans in South Asia.

The combination of both European and traditional styles are displayed through the remaining buildings in Galle. Before 16th century Galle was only a main seaport in Sri Lanka used to export valuable goods and cinnamon. With the arrival of Portuguese in 1502, Galle went through modern developments and reached heyday during the Dutch reign in 1640.

Galle has a hot and tropical climate over the course of the year. Imagine sweeping though the coastline, encountering cultural background and wandering along the colonial-style streets.

Galle has balanced everything perfectly from Galle Fort and its fortifications, Galle international stadium, National Museum in Galle Fort, Galle harbour, National Maritime Museum, lighthouse and many religious shrines.

Each place will bring the cultural essence mixed to a stylish look. The long stretching beachside in Galle allows a host of water sports including snorkelling in Unawatuna, countryside bike tour in Galle Fort built by the Europeans in South Asia. The combination of both European and traditional styles are displayed through the remaining buildings in Galle. Before 16th century Galle was only a main seaport in Sri Lanka used to export valuable goods and cinnamon. With the arrival of Portuguese in 1502, Galle went through modern developments and reached heyday during the Dutch reign in 1640.
Galle has a hot and tropical climate over the course of the year. Imagine sweeping though the coastline, encountering cultural background and wandering along the colonial-style streets. Galle has balanced everything perfectly from Galle Fort and its fortifications, Galle international stadium, National Museum in Galle Fort, Galle harbour, National Maritime Museum, lighthouse and many religious shrines. Each place will bring the cultural essence mixed to a stylish look. The long stretching beachside in Galle allows a host of water sports including snorkelling in Unawatuna, countryside bike tour in Galle city, a boat ride along Madu River, and exploring its fish market.

When talking about the Southern Province of Sri Lanka, Mirissa is an unavoidable city. Travellers will sight this city as they travel towards Matara district of Southern Province in Sri Lanka.

Mirissa is 150 kilometres away from south of Colombo, set at a rise of 4 meters over sea level and typically encircled by the beach. This small coastal resort town is most popular among tourists for aquatic life and social life. It holds the biggest fishing dock on the south coast and known for many other tourist attractions.

The contemporary beachside resorts and hotels, golden sandy shorelines, entertaining nightlife and water events in Mirissa are so tempting.

The beachside of Mirissa is recognized for surfing in high season waves, nighttime mingles, snorkelling, scuba diving and whale watching tours – Which makes this place standout from the rest.

Other highlights in Mirissa encompass coconut farm, the parrot rock, the secret beach, cruising through Polwatta River and graffiti wall paintings in Mirissa town.

Apart from them, the beachside resorts conduct Yoga sessions and wellness spa treatments for visitors while some offer surfing lessons for beginners. Everything in Mirissa gives homely feeling beside the beach.

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