Matara

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Matara is one of the main cities in southern Sri Lanka, with amazing beaches and whale watching destinations. Once ruled by the Portugese, Dutch and British Matara has a collection of colonial buildings including the Matara Fort, the Star Fort and the Old Nupe Market.

Places to stay, places to eat and things to do in Matara !

Surfing, Whale watching and diving in Matara

Matara has a beautiful collection of beaches which are perfect to surf, dive, swim and relax. It is also one of the best places in Sri Lanka to see whales.

Weligama beach is one of the best places to scuba dive.

Enjoy seeing the largest animals ever on the planet.

About 12 kilometers to the south from Matara this cove shaped sandy beach is perfect to surf and relax.

A clean, less crowded beach ideal for surfing with lots of restaurants, with lovely seafood along the road.

Tiny island on Mirissa beach with a view point gives you a panoramic view over the beach.

An amazing beach next to the Matara town, overlooking the Paravi Duwa temple. Witness the amazing sunsets from this beach.

See some of Sri Lanka’s venomous and non-venomous snakes at a private conservation center.

Calmer waters, with moderate waves the Polhena beach is popular among many locals.

A cove shaped beautiful beach in Matara for anyone who loves to surf.

A unique experience to ride a twin canoe through the waters of the Mirisa lagoon.

A cove shaped shallow beach with a sand break Weligama is a perfect place for beginner surfers.

History, Culture and Heritage in Matara

Matara was a part of the Rohana Rata during ancient times and has been a city dedicated to the God Upulvan, the saviour god of Sri Lanka.

Built on a rocky island, the Paravi Duwa temple is a small beautiful attraction in Matara town.

A gigantic 35 meter high Buddha statue, with an image house allowing it to climb up to the level of shoulders.

A blue temple dedicated to god Upulvan or Vishnu, the guardian god of Sri Lanka.

An amazing statue carved into a boulder in Weligama.

A cube shaped shrine built with granite slabs, the Devinuwara Galge is believed to be built in the 7th century.

Colonial heritage in Matara

Being only second to its big brother Galle, Matara was an important city for the Portugese, Dutch and the British

A star shaped fort with six points with space for twelve cannons.

Built 1890, Dondra lighthouse is in the southernmost tip of Sri Lanka, also the tallest in the island. All you need to know before you go in {Year}.

Built by the Portugese in 1595 under the assistance of King Don Juan Dharmapala, the Matara Fort was once a critical operational center.

With its lattice panels fixed to wooden frames and the Kandyan style tiled roof Nupe Old Market can be seen from the Galle road.

A small, simple church built in the early 18th century by the Dutch, this is the oldest building within the Matara Fort.