Leisure & Activities
A characteristic fishing town north of Colombo, it is a mere 6km from the International Airport. set amid lush groves of coconut palms, it breathes sprit of the sea. Negombo is a gourmet’s paradise with sea food in plenty. Old world fishing craft like the outrigger canoe and the catamaran bring seer, skipjack , herring, and mullet, promfret, and amber-jack while lobster and prowns caught in the lagoon. Apart from beaches and sea-food Negombo has a unique charm of its own with narrow stereets , small boutiques and catholic churches dotting the landscape.
Bentota Resort complex in a romantic rendezvous of river and sea with several hotels, railway stationa , post offices, shopping arcade, cafeteria and open air-theatre showing folk and mask dancing – with clusters of palms overlooking everything. Interesting boat trips to the hamlets bordering the river and the Meethiyagoda moonstone mines nearby. Most hotels have facilities for water sports.
Galle is the most important southern town with and old-world charm. Believed to be ” tarshish” of the bible, its natural harbour was a famous fort in days gone by. Famous for its Dutch fort, lace-making, embony carving and gem polishing.
Kosgoda is a prime Turtle nesting site. Kosgoda is famous for its sea turtle conservation project operated by the wild life protection society of Sri Lanka. The hathery pays fisherman for eggs that they collect at night along the long sandy beach. Also it has tanks for injured or disabled turtles, including albino turtles that would not survive in the wild.