Agent Tools & Info - Asia - Sri Lanka - South West

SOUTH WEST SRI LANKA

South of the capital lie the island’s main beach resorts, the best-established holiday area on the island, notably the main stretches of beach at Kalutara, Beruwala and Bentota. Further south the gateway to the southern region and one of the highlights is Galle, a atmospheric preserved colonial port. Beyond Galle are amzing beaches including Una watua, Weligama, Mirissa, Tangalle and Hambantota which can be used as a base to visit Sri Lanka's best national parks Bundala and Yala. 

Bentota - The name of the city is taken from a mythical demon 'Ben' who ruled the river banks or 'tota'. 62km south of Colombo, Bentota has a long broad sandy beach. The southern end is one of the most attractive beaches in Sri Lanka and where you will find a lot of top end hotels, running along the coast. Not only does the town have a great beach, but lagoons and esturies, but one of the most beautiful is Breif Garden, 8km inland from the town, a Japanese style garden over five acres with tropical tress & sculptures designed by Bevis Bawa, brother of Geoffrey. 

Top Selling Hotels

Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa (P) - Located on Bentota peninsula, the resort feels like you are on your own island, with the Indian Ocean on one side and the Bentota River on the other. Like many Centara resorts, the property caters for a wide range of guests from couples to families with the wide variety of room types including Family Residences and facilities, beachfront pool, kids pool, spa & fitness centre. 

Taj Bentota Resort & Spa (I) - Built around a rocky promontory, which offers views great views up and down Bentota's wide sandy beach and the Indian Ocean in a serene enviroment, perfect for unwinding. Rooms have large private balconies great for enjoying the sea breeze and watching the sun set. Featuring a number of high end restaurants, featuring local ingrediants & cuisine, plus the extraordinary Jiva Spa with it's range of local treatments, offering them a great sense of wellness.

Galle - You can find a great balance between culture and a beach stay. The main attraction of Galle is the UNESCO World Heritage listed Galle Fort, the walled city built by the Dutch in the 17th century.  Travellers can wander the rambling lanes with it's stylish cafes, boutiques  and restored building housing hotels owned by artists & designers. Unawatuna is Galle's beach area with plam trees & turquoise water is great for surfing, with restaurants, cafes and bars, making it a great place to relax on a quiet stretch of beach. 

Top Selling Hotels

Amari Galle (P) - Located on the beachfront a few minutes north of Galle, with it's own protected swimming area. All rooms face out to the Indian Ocean, with private balcony, offering magnificent views anytime of the day. The hotels freeform pool, sits on the beach with the Shoreline Beach Club close by for snacks during the day, while the rooftop bar offers a great place to enjoy the sunset and a pre dinner drink.

Weligama - Translated to "Sandy Village" is a blend of fishing village and resort town with soft sand, clear blue water and palm trees. Famous for it's traditional use of stilt fishing, with a high number of fisherman still using this method. This area is an ideal place to learn how to surf due to it's gentle waves. 

Mirissa - Palm tree lined beach with clear blue seas, a great place to relax and enjoy the sun and cool breezes. One of the main reasons for tourists to visit Mirissa is whale watching during October to May, where you will nearly be guaranteed to see blue whales. 

Top Selling Hotels

W15 Hotel (P) - Located on Weligama Bay, between Weligama and Mirissa, is a 10 room luxury beachfront boutique hotel, each individually designed with luxurious appointments. The days can be spent by the pool, lounging on the sunbeds or relaxing in a cabana and a large open grassed area for relaxed dining, cocktails and local & international DJ's spinning tunes during the afternoon and into the evenings.

Tangalle - The area suffered from the tsunami in 2004, but has since seen it turn from a quiet fishing village, to now having a mix of budget accomodation and newly built luxury resorts. Described by some as the prefect beach with palm fringed white sands and turquoise waters without being saturated with tourists. The area does offer cultural offerings with a giant Buddha the shrines of Wewurukannala and the rock temples of Mulkirigala, plus great places for turtle watching and Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary.

Top Selling Hotels

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort (I) - Locared just outside Tangalle, this resort offers a diverse range of enviroments over it's 22 acres from it's elevated clifftop down to it's own private sandy beach. The resort offers learn to surf programs, yoga, complimentary nature walk with the onsite nature guru, pick your own dinner from the fisherman's local catch to be prepared by the resorts chef or just lounge by the resorts large split level pool. With six restaurants & bars, spa & wellnes centre, guests will find it hard to leave the resort.

Hambantota -  The salt capital of Sri Lanka has recently had a number of developments over the past years designed to make the city an urban & industrial hub, second to only Colombo. Hambantota is the closest beach to the southern reaches of Yala National Park. 

Top Selling Hotels

Shangri-La's Hambabantota Golf resort & Spa - Set on  a former coconut plantation, this 130 acre resort has a prime beachfront location and it's own 18 hole championship golf course. The property not only provides a fantastic kids club, but an outdoor water park and for the more adventurous children a 7 metre high trapeze. The Shangri-La offers great dining, from local Sri Lankan cuisine, South East Asia hawker style street food, international dining and finely crafted cocktails.