Interesting places in Sri Lanka: Induruwa, Kalpitiya Beach, Koggala, Maravila, Ratgama
Sri Lanka is a precious gems, aromatic teas, a fascinating blend of different cultures and stories, a tropical island paradise with friendly people, lush vegetation, sandy coast and azure sea. An integral part of the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka is the traditional alternative medicine, Ayurveda, which helps in places where traditional methods of treatment do not work.
The history of the island is very rich, as it dates back to prehistoric times. Mostly influenced by India, the island was gradually ruled by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English. With the exception of the capital Colombo, which has retained its original coloring to this day, there is no other major city here. The religious composition of the population of Sri Lanka is very diverse. Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians can be found on the streets.
Resting place Induruwa
The small beach of Induruwa, located between Bentota and Kosgoda, is located in the southwestern part of the island of Sri Lanka. Induruwa, 110 km south of Colombo, stretches along a beautiful promenade . Beruvela is only 15 km away. Long sandy beaches of golden color fringe the picturesque coastline. Induruwa, a pleasant and quiet seaside town with many recreational opportunities. Located just a few miles from Bentota, it offers endless romantic sandy beaches with crystal clear waters.
Resting place Induruwa
Recreation is not only by the sea, but also by the Bentota River, which provides ideal conditions for sailing, windsurfing and water-skiing. The biggest attraction of Induruwa is the turtle hatchery. The beauty of the warm seas surrounding Sri Lanka far exceeds what you can see with the naked eye. Under the water there is a huge amount of beautiful coral, exotic fish and shipwrecks. Diving can only be done from November until mid-April.
The distinctive villages of Calutara, Beruvela, Bentota, Induruwa and Ahungala are located on the sea coast south of Colombo. These are the residences of poor fishermen and artisans with limited services. The hotels are completely self-contained and located separately on the beaches outside these villages, which can be reached in about 10 minutes . The nature of staying in this area south of Colombo is more natural and wild than in the north. To the south, civilization is in decline, and the beaches have light sand and coconut palms that maintain a sense of exotic relaxation. Tourists can also visit nearby interesting temples. Travel agencies offer excursions to the Galle Fortress, visits to Colombo, and more.
In the middle of the west coast of Sri Lanka, near the town of Puttalam, lies the peninsula of Kalpitiya, teeming with incredibly beautiful nature . Although it is relatively close to the city, it has not suffered from mass tourism and modern civilization. About an hour’s swim from the shore is Sri Lanka’s largest coral reef, Bar Reef.
The Kalpitiya Peninsula, about two hours from the airport and three hours north of Colombo, is one of the most beautiful and least developed parts of the island. This narrow strip of land is separated from the mainland by the Puttalam Lagoon and bathed on the other side by the Indian Ocean. The peninsula and its surrounding waters have become home to many species of animals and plants. Kalpitiya offers fantastic pristine beaches with golden sand, one of the most beautiful beaches is considered Alankuda.
It offers a variety of water sports, water safaris, dolphin and whale watching. The azure blue sea hides a rich underwater world that attracts snorkelers and scuba divers keen to dive to great depths. The coastal waters around Sri Lanka and the more distant ones offer a huge wealth of beautiful fish and marine animals such as turtles, reef sharks and stingrays. The most suitable time of year for coral reef diving is at the end of November and lasts until the beginning of May. During the rest of the months of the monsoon season and diving is impossible. Tourists are taken to the coral island by motor boats.
Indian Ocean in these places is really warm, the water has a surprising temperature, even at great depths, so neoprene when diving is not required. The temperature underwater is about 23°C. However, for deeper dives neoprene is suitable in terms of safety, it is a good protection from rocks, reefs and coral, which can be uncomfortable.
The Kampitiya Peninsula is the ideal place to see the real Sri Lanka and the life style of the locals. The locals live mainly by fishing, so even in the local markets you will often find fish and seafood. A remnant of the island’s colonial past is the Dutch fortress, also called St. Peter’s Church. You can take a boat trip on the lagoon or canoe to discover the beauty of the coast. Between the ocean and the lagoon are sand dunes that can be reached by jeep. The dunes offer a wonderful view of the sunset.
City of Koggala
Koggala, a quiet resort in the southernmost part of Sri Lanka, about 12 km from the historic city of Galle, and due to its location it has excellent climatic conditions all year round. Koggala is located on a long beautiful beach . In close proximity is the lagoon of Koggala, which is suitable for walking, bird watching and boating. The wide and long beach with golden sand and palm trees is one of the most amazing beaches in Sri Lanka. From time to time turtles appear on the beach to lay their eggs in the sand.
The dominant feature of the resort is a military airbase built during World War II. Interesting is the temple Kataluwa Purwarama Maha Viharaya. The Sinhalese writer Martin Wickramasinghe has his own museum in Koggala . The place is suitable as a starting point for various trips. West of Unawatuna, the most beautiful but also the most crowded places such as Veligama beach, Matara town and the lighthouse at Dondra. It is easy to visit the elephant refuge, tea plantations, Yala National Park and Lake Koggala. The huge lake is great for catamaran fishing. It is also worth arranging a trip to the nearby town of Galle, where the old town is surrounded by walls with houses built during the British and Dutch colonizers.
City of Koggala
Marawila Beach Resort
Maravila, a cozy fishing village located about 20 km above the Negombo River and about 35 km from the capital Colombo. On the coast north of the capital is the most beautiful beach . It is an important center of batik. Maravila is surrounded on all sides by natural beauty. The resort is located between the beach and a natural tropical lagoon with exotic vegetation. The ochre-colored sandy beach and turquoise sea offer a tranquil and serene vacation. This smaller alternative to Negombo has a small shopping center with several stores and restaurants. This resort also has the character of a garden town with villas of wealthy local merchants.
Marawila Beach Resort
The small resort of Ratgama is quietly located between the famous resort of Hikkaduwa and the historic city of Galle, Sri Lanka’s second largest city. In the nearby resort of Hikkaduwa all kinds of water sports are available, tourists can explore the surrounding area (the historic city of Galle) or relax in the spa treatments.
The sea here has a year-round acceptable temperature of 27 – 29 degrees Celsius. The beaches are mostly sandy, fringed with palm trees. At some resorts they are narrower, while others are up to 100 meters wide. However, there are no lifeguards or warning flags on local beaches, only life buoys and ropes. Weak swimmers should be wary of big waves, as there are tragic cases of deaths of people who underestimated the big waves and underwater currents.