Things to do
The lake, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Sri Lanka, If you’re into meditation, two monasteries beacon you from within the tranquil waters of the lake while the Cinnamon Island will let you into the age old ways of the production of the famous spice where wars have been fought over to control the trade. A typical trip would cover most of the above places and last about 02 to 03 hours on a boat excursion.
Among the down south hotels Sri Lanka, South Lake Resorts is an ideal location for water sports. Ranging from surfing to game fishing, whale watching in the open ocean or lake fishing, a visit to the Turtle hatchery for the less adventurous, this beautiful resort is the ideal vacation getaway for the adventure seekers. The surf in Kathaluwa can be a bit daunting for the inexperienced surfer but the golden sands will still be great to chill out by simply walking along the beach watching the stilt fisherman at work, which is unique to this part of Sri Lanka.
Kathuluwa purana maha viharaya is a temple renowned for Kandyan style painting’s dating from the early 19th century. The ancestral home of Martin Wickramasignhe, a prolific Sinhalese author, hailing from Koggala has been turned into a folk art museum showcasing traditional folk art of the southerner.
Half an hour away is the Dutch fort of Galle, is perhaps the most atmospheric town in Sri Lanka. Cobbled stoned narrow streets, colonial style villas and the old ramparts guarding the approach from the sea from a bygone era. Best times to visit is January, when the Galle literary festival kicks off and is also a centre for lace-making, ebony carving and gem-polishing industries.