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Best Sightseeing Tours in Southern Province Sri Lanka

By the beliefs of Hindu mythology, the chief antagonist Ravan reigned over Lankapur, (now renowned as Sri Lanka) was defeated and conquered by Lord Rama with the assistance of his brother and was later crowned the King. Irrespective of the beliefs, the best sightseeing tours in Southern Province of Sri Lanka embodies strong traditional practices of both Buddhism and Hinduism and the iconic temples erected in this state commemorating their mythological significance is rather an awe-inspiring attraction. Visitors from around the world come to attend the exuberant ceremonies performed during the festivals and otherwise to attain harmony within. Lying very close to the equator the Southern Province is the sunniest part of the Island, stretching from the west to east. This state still lazes in its good old traditional occupation of coconut farming and stilt fishing which almost every globetrotter tries their hands on when visiting.

 

The state surrounded by waters of the Indian Ocean also attracts the attention of travelers to participate in the water sports and explore life under the sea. Many sightseeing tours at the Southern Province of Sri Lanka with convenient durations, organized by Thrillophilia gives the best travel experience and accurate insights to the places of visit. Some of the ideal picks for sightseeing is the Yala National Park Safari and the visit to the Bentota Village. There are also tours for watching whales and other gigantic sea mammals leaping out of the water with the early morning sun that will completely make your day. Thrillophilia can customize your trip from the below selections on your convenient dates. The focus is to provide the best value for money and most importantly the travel experience.

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    Sailing in Bentota in Sri Lanka
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    Bentota
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    About the Activity:Climb aboard on your very own chartered boat and cruise through the sea to see the scenery of Bruwela and Bentota.During this three hours journey, starting from 9 AM, while on board, you can relax and revel in a luxurious environment and also learn how to sail.The boat stops at a wonderful cove, where you can take a jump in the waters or go snorkeling and paddle boarding. Explore and marvel at the sight of the Barberyn island and its light house during the tour.End your amazing sailing trip at around 12 PM.

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    Blue Whale Watching Tour in Bentota and Koggala
    h8 Hours

    About the Activity: Delight in this amazing Blue Whale watching tour, witness these huge sea animals leaping out of the water in an experience like never before.Get picked up from your hotels at around 6 AM and reach the Mirissa Harbor from where at around 6.30 AM the boats will take you to the whale watching locations. The complete activity will take around 2-4 hours, depending up on the sight of the whales.After the whale watching, continue your journey and enjoy the time visiting turtle hatchery point, where you can watch cute little turtles hatching and making their way into the sea.Continue your journey and visit the age old tradition of stilt fishing at Koggala where fishermen sit balanced far from shore atop sticks and twine, hanging fishing rods into schools of fish.Aftermath, visit the famous Moonstone mine place and followed by an exciting shopping trip to the markets of Bentota.End your trip at around 2 PM by getting dropped off to your hotels. 

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    Akuressa
    h11 Hours

    About The Activity: Enthrall in a 35 km bike ride through the tea plantation in Akuressa, the journey is a relatively leisurely with small uphill climbs and terrains. Get picked up from your hotel in Galle Fort, Unawatuna or Koggala at around 8.30 AM in the morning and proceed to the starting point. Enjoy a pit stop for a refreshment at the tea plantation and take a 15 minute walk to the river where you can enjoy a dip in the fresh waters of Hiyare Rain forest. The bike ride is provided with all necessary equipment for an enjoyable ride through the rough terrains.End your amazing mountain bike ride in the evening at around 7-8 PM and get dropped to your respective hotels in Kandy.

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    Hambantota
    h14 Hours

    About the Activity: Yala National Park lies in the town of Hambantota in Sri Lanka and is one of its most momentous and exciting sights.The park is an important site for the migration of more than 197 birds during the months of winter, the most notable amongst them being the flamingo.Reach the Yala National park at around 5 AM from where your jungle exploration will start after the lip-smacking breakfast.Explore the jungle and witness some of the most beautiful animals during your jungle safari. At around 1 PM, enjoy a lip-smacking lunch and at around 2 PM, start your jeep safari amidst the dense jungle of Bundala National Park.Some of the species that you can spot include the hornbill, whistling duck, eurasian coot and many more.At around 7 PM, your jeep safari will come to an end and so this amazing and adventurous tour. 

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    Hambantota
    h4 Hours

    About the Activity: If you are looking for some adventurous wildlife safari experience, the trip to Yala National Park is a perfect fit for you.Get picked up from your hotels in Hambantota early morning at around 5 AM and embark on this amazing four hour long national park tour in a jeep.During the tour, witness and admire the age old tradition of stilt fishing where fishermen sit balanced far from shore atop sticks and twine, hanging fishing rods into schools of fish.After the national park tour, visit an ancient temple, Moonstone mine place and cinnamon garden, enjoy the tangy aroma while walking through this spice garden.Continue your journey and visit the paddy fields and know more about the local rice cultivation methods in the Hambantota area.Conclude your journey in early afternoon, by getting dropped off to your respective hotels. 

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    Mirissa
    h3 Hours

    About the Activity:Sail across the coasts of Sri Lanka through Mirissa on the Pearl, which departs from the coasts at about 4 in the evening.Start your cruise trip at around 4 PM from the Mirissa harbor and sail across the clear waters of Sri Lanka. Crossing the stunning red cliffs of snake island, you will then progress towards Mirissa Beach, where on the way you can glimpse the secret beach.Post anchoring the boat,  jump in the water, and indulge in swim, snorkel or just play around.Party till late evening until it's time to return at around 7 PM, with a scenic view of sunset over the horizon. 

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    Bentota
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    About the Activity:If you are looking for some tour to explore the beautiful city of Bentota, this tour is a perfect fit for you.Get picked from your hotels in Bentota at around 8 AM and began your journey with the cherishing sights in the small village that is located amidst rich greenery.Indulge in the boat safari activity in Bentota river and explore the dense forest and its greenery.Visit and admire the stunning beauty of mangrove lagoons accompanying you throughout your safari, followed by the visit to turtle hatchery point where you can have sight of turtles moving to the sea.Aftermath, take a walk to the old coconut factory and delight in the lush-greenery of Bawa garden and Herbal garden.Visit the famous Buddhist temple, post this enthrall in an exiting shopping spree before enthralling in an array of water sports available at this small town.End your trip in the evening by getting dropped of to your respective hotels. 

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    Hambantota
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    About the Activity:Indulge in a turtle observation tour in the Rekawa beach and it is an ideal location for turtle watching.Forget any ideas about cramped tents and sitting on the ground for mealtimes, this is camping in style.After your arrival at the campsite, start your day with a lip-smacking breakfast and indulge in the bird watching activity as you enjoy the meal.Aftermath, get ready for the turtle watching activity and followed by fishing in the near by river.Explore the surrounding area on the jeep safari and stroll around to acquaint yourself more about the area. In the afternoon, enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch in the magical setting, followed by some fun filled activities and relaxation.In the night, carve your hunger with the five course dinner with beer and alcohol amidst the heart warming setting where the whole area is lit up with traditional flame torches and a roaring campfire. The next day, head back to your home with lots of memories, after a delicious breakfast. 

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    Hambantota
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    About the Activity: Delight in an exciting session of jeep safari. Enthrall in this 4 hour long safari that provides you with ample memories to cherish for a lifetime.Admire the age old tradition of stilt fishing where fishermen sit balanced far from shore atop sticks and twine, hanging fishing rods into schools of fish.Post this visit an ancient temple, Moonstone mine place and cinnamon garden – enjoy the tangy aroma while walking through this spice garden.Visit paddy fields and know more about the local rice cultivation, methods. NOTE: Pick-up and drop from the hotel till the location of the activity. Difficulty Level: Easy.

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Attractions

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Bentota Beach

An extraordinary experience amidst an ordinary setup lies 65 kilometres from Colombo and is named Bentota beach. Soak yourself in the ordinary golden sand while enjoying the marvellous sound of the mighty Indian Ocean crashing against the shores. The mesmerizing view of the sea will leave you speechless. If you are planning to break the monotony of the routine just try your hands at adventure sports found alongside the palm trees.



Highlights: You can visit Kasgoda Turtle Hatchery and also go on a boat cruise on the Bentota River.

Getting there: Bentota is very well  connected with the cities and is very easily accessible. You can ride from Galle or you can take a ride from Colombo. 
Bentota is approximately 101km south of the airport from Colombo
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Hikkaduwa Beach

Even a 90 year old will feel young as he steps onto the beach of Hikkaduwa,98 kms from Colombo. The charm of the hippy mood will get into your blood, making you feel completely carefree. You will find predominantly young and independent travellers walking on the beach.

This beach is one of the lesser spoilt destinations in Sri Lanka which is why it is an ideal place for people who want to try something off beat. You will also find coral gardens which are considered to be one of the much appreciated beauty of these beaches which was once completely eroded due to tsunami.



Highlights: The beach should be ideally visited during the Hikkaduwa beach fest which usually takes place during the month of July and August. This fest is conducted in an attempt to revive the charm of hippy culture. Surfing, diving and snorkelling are some of the other attractions which the beach offers.
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Dickwella Beach

Plunge into the waters and leave all your worries at bay. The Dickwella beach is primarily dominated by reefs, headland and sand bars which makes it the most appropriate place for swimming. Situated at a distance of 220 kms from colombo, Dickwella beach has housed the largest seated Buddha statue. This has made it the most visited place for all the Buddhist worshippers. The ideal time to visit this place is May, June and July when festivities are in the air and the residents are busy celebrating festivals of Wesak, Poson and Esala. Particulary this place has many temples on its way which gives it a religious bent. The Dickwella beach is an ideal place for many swimmers as it is an extremely safe and calm beach.



Highlights: Wewurukannala Vihara which has 50 m high seated Buddha. You can also spot the eye arresting hall of horrors where you can see models of both demons and sinners being severely punished by dipping in hot waters.
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Koggala Beach

Have you seen the waves dancing freely? Koggla beach is one such place where you will find a combination of warmth of the golden sand beneath your feet along with sea breeze caressing you. Located 140km from Colombo, this idyllic place is for all the beach lovers to spend some time and enjoy life as they have always wanted to . Leave your care and worries behind and just be a part of some breath-taking moments.

You will surely treasure some of the fond memories of this beach. Get into the adventurous mood by trying snorkelling and diving. If you are not too fond of adventures you can sit by the beach and enjoy the sight of the mighty waves.

Highlights: If you are going to Koggala, you can’t miss the chance to visit the Turtle Hatchery which is an initiative taken against selling the turtle’s eggs for the purpose of food.
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Sinharaja Forest Reserve

Declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Sinharaja Forest Reserve (kingdom of the lion), is a paradise for nature and wildlife lovers. It is home to a vast number of endemic species of birds and mammals of Sri Lanka. About 95 percent of Sri Lankan endemic birds and more than 50 percent of endemic mammals are known to have their habitats in this Forest Reserve. Year round, the forest is covered by plenty of rain clouds. The area span of the reserve is about 21 KM from east-west and about 7 KM from north-south.

 

Location: Situated in the Southern Province, a two-hour drive from Galle via Galle-Deniyaya-Madampe Highway.

Highlights: Experience the leisurely pace of wildlife and the splendor of dense and copious evergreen rainforests. The guide will tell you about different endemic species of flora and fauna that you encounter during your guided tour.

Timings: Opens daily from 6:30 AM to 6 PM

Price: Approximate price ranges from 664 LKR to 1160 LKR

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Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage

Peradeniya Gardens is a spacious 147 acre of natural extravaganza consisting of more than 4000 species of plants, and 10,000 varied kinds of trees, incidentally serves as the largest garden of Sri Lanka. The unique and rarest collection in these gardens is the Giant Bamboo of Burma which grows 12 inches each day to a height of 40 meters. Apart from this other amazing collections include Javan fig tree, Cannonball tree, Double Coconut Palm and about 200 other varieties of palm trees and versatile collection of flora. 



Highlight:  
One can pack some food to enjoy an open air picnic here or can relish the cafeteria inside serving local and western cuisine. The Peradeniya Botanical Garden is one prime tourist attraction of hill country and remains quite flooded with tourists every weekend. 

Timings
: Opened daily from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Price: Approximate price starts from 2353 LKR for adults and 1177LKR for child
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Weligama Beach

Just unplug yourself from the regular city life and welcome yourself into the world of Weligama, 144 kms south of Columbo where everything is pretty calm and peaceful. Ideal place for city people who would just like to borrow some time and get themselves absorbed in a good book while dipping their toes in water. Modest Weligama often witnesses less foreign tourists which makes this place traffic free.

You may find many local women sitting outside their homes with pieces of laces which is considered to be the local speciality of the place since the Dutch times. You can also spot sites of historical importance and some gingerbread villas beautifully adorned with mal lali wooden work which is hard to find anywhere else.



Highlights:Taprobanea, a small island developed in 1920 by a French man named Maunay-Talvande is quite close to Weligama. You can game up your romance by staying or dining in this beautiful island but only with advance booking.
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Turtle Hatchery

Turtle Hatchery was started by the Sri Lankans with a view to protect the turtles from extinction. Earlier, people usually fishermen used to collect the turtle’s eggs and sold it to whoever would pay the higher price. With the commencement of the Turtle Hatchery these eggs were fed and cared for until they were 2 to 4 years old. You can find different species of turtles such as Green Turtle, Leatherback and Olive Ridley. Despite their extinction turtles are still caught by the fishermen for fish and shells which is indeed a very lucrative market.



Location: 10 to 15 minutes tuk tuk ride south from Bentota

Highlights: You should visit the Kasgoda Turtle Hatchery where you can spend an interesting time watching the baby turtles grow.

Things to keep in mind: Avoid disturbing the nesting turtles with light.

Price: Approximate price starts from 500 LKR.

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