Deep South

Sri Lanka’s jagged Deep South coast defines as a long stretch from Mirissa to Tangalle, consists of delightful coral-protected bays and headlands and offers a greater diversity of beaches than the west coast. Stunning tropical sandy beaches, rural fishing villages, untouched wilderness and a vibrant cultural heritage makes the southern coastal belt an ideal holiday experience for those wishing to escape the larger tourist centre. The south coast, a part of the ancient Ruhuna kingdom , has fascinated travelers for centuries.

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During the 17C, Galle and Matara was occupied by the Portuguese who built garrisons in both towns which were later developed into forts by the Dutch. Today these coastal areas are a rich blend of the modern and traditional lifestyles. Stilt fisherman, cinnamon peelers and Beeralu lace weavers continue with their age-old traditions passed down generations whilst alongside them an exclusive selection of villas caters for the upmarket tourist trade. Matara is more of a working town and is gradually becoming one of the island’s most important commercial cities.

Don't Miss

  • Surfing in Mirissa
  • Scuba diving in Dickwella
  • Sailing and deep sea fishing at Mirissa
  • Weligama’s stilt fisherman
  • Whale & Dolphin-watching in Mirisse
  • Turtle night safari in Rekuwa

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