THINGS TO DO IN Matara

  • Whale and Dolphine Watching
  • Weherahena Bhudist Temple
  • Matara Beach Park
  • Kekanadura Rainforest Reserve
  • Nilvala River excursion
  • Polhena Beach

Matara is one of the main towns on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, and the coastal stretch from Galle up to Matara (and even beyond) is a popular tourist resort. The town itself is home to several fascinating attractions and the fishing villages around the area add to the beautiful setting of Matara.

Being under the Portuguese and the Dutch rule, the architectural styles of the old buildings in this destination boasts a blend of east and west. One of the most interesting explorations is the unique star shaped Matara Fort which was built during the 17th century by the Dutch. The beautiful old Dutch church in the Fort is one of the oldest structures of the Fort. The area is also famous for stilt fishing. The villages of Ahangama and Midigama are popular for this form of fishing where the fishermen sit on stilts which are fixed in the water and fish with fishing rods. The southern most point of Sri Lanka, Dondra, is located just 6km east of the town. The main attraction here is the 40 meter high lighthouse which was built during the late 19th century. The various Buddhist temples in and around the area also add to the vibrancy of this destination.