Hambanthota is located 240 km to the south of Colombo carries its reputation as far back to several centuries BC as one of the major international trading ports in the island. The place is more favorable to the independent traveler, as it is the centre of fantastic nature- related entertainments in the periphery including Bundala National Park specialized for bird watching, Yala National Park for elephants and Kumana for migrated birds.
This is a natural Blow Hole in the southern Sri Lanka is known as the Hummanaya among the locals. It is located at located at the sea- front of Kudawella and one could reach there after passing Mathara and Dikwella. Hummanaya is a mysterious site where volumes of sea water whistle throught a natural fine hole from beneath a massive rock in the sea. Rough and high waves push water into the triangular based rock bottom, and force it through a hole at the bottom with very high pressure. With the sound of a blow whistle the water comes up high into the air.
Kataragama – The Holy Land for All Faiths
Kataragama a popular pilgrimage destination frequented by adherents of all religions in Sri Lanka. God Skanda is the ruling deity of Kataragama and the main shrine devoted to him. The foremost iconographic features of this god are six faces and twelve arms. The history of the shrine dates back to 2 century BC. The annual procession held in July or August is the main event of the shrine. Kataragama is also one of the sixteen places of highest honour by the Buddhist in Sri Lanka.
Kiri Vehera, located to the north of the shrine of God Skanda, is the main place of worship for Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Although it is known as Kiri Vehera, its real name is Magul Maha Viharaya. Who and when this place was built are not clear. However, according to tradition it was constructed in the third century BC by a ruler called Mahanga.
Kirinda is a town with a small port on the southern coast of Sri Lanka approximately 270 km away from Colombo. The ancient temple at Kirinda is an icon atop the rocky outcrop from which one could experience magnificent views of the desolate coast with its long stretch of sand dunes and the never-ending ocean beyond.
Sri Lankan chronicles record that the capital of Ruhuna was known as Magama. This place is presently known as Thissamaharamaya, probably after the gigantic stupa by the same name. This stupa and the surrounding monastery is said to have been built by King Kavanthissa and part of his name too embodied in this place name. An inscription found in Kirinda in 1960 records that the relic enshrined here was in fact a ‘Tooth Relic’ of the left jaw of the Buddha.
Yala (Ruhuna) National Park
Yala National Park covers an area of approximately 1259 sq km. It is the biggest National Park in Sri Lanka. The Park is located 309 km south of Colombo on the southeast of the island. The park is the home to an abundance of mammals such as leopards, crocodiles, elephants, deers, bears and wild buffaloes. The majestic peacock, as well as a huge variety of other bird species including the flamingo can also be spotted. The park is immensely diversified with dense jungles, open field areas, lagoons, rocky habitats and a stunning sea front.