Guests may explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort or simply head to the beach for a leisurely stroll in the evening. Some of the attractions in the vicinity are listed below:
The Koggala Lake
One of the largest lakes in the country – the Koggala Lake is located nearby, with lush mangroves and tiny islands surrounded by clear, calm, tropical water. Abundant in wildlife, it is an unspoilt ecological haven and is ideal for nature lovers to do some bird-watching as the sunset lights up the sky with a russet glow.
The Galle Fort
The Galle Fort, a landmark in Sri Lanka's Southern Coast is a must-see attraction owing to its distinguishing local character. It is considered a living museum showcasing the Dutch colonial rule and has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can witness the unique Dutch architecture well preserved for generations, and can also pay a visit to the former Dutch warehouse building which now houses the National Maritime Museum.
Koggala Folk Museum
Koggala is the birthplace of the late iconic Sri Lankan novelist Martin Wickramasinghe and guests may visit the famous Koggala Folk Museum built in his honour. . The museum depicts the story of Martin Wickramsinghe's life through a series of photographs, souvenirs, awards and different objects of folk culture acquired during his lifetime. One of the islands in the Koggala lagoon, the Madol Duwa, is historic and has been mentioned in many classics of Martin Wickramasinghe.
Handunugoda Tea Factory
Another attraction in the vicinity is the Handunugoda tea factory, a world famous destination for both travellers & connoisseurs of tea. This plantation has received acclaim as the only producers of White Tea – tea untouched by human hands. Handunugoda teas are unique and are not produced anywhere else in the world.
Other places of interest include Rumassala - a huge mount-like hill which was supposed to have been carried from India and dropped by a Hindu Monkey God named Hanuman. On top of the hill is a brilliant white Peace Pagoda - the temple of Hanuman. A walk around the pagoda provides magnificent views across Galle bay, where the Galle town and Dutch Fort are visible on the far side. It also has one of the most private but beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka.
Also close by is the Yatagala temple, which is built around a large rock. The Bo tree at the temple is 2300 years old and archaeologists believe that the great granite boulders that stand guard around the Bo tree are in fact a kind of rocky garden. Nestled amidst untouched environs and rarely visited by many, the temple looks out over paddy fields and small hamlets.
National Sanctuaries and Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Further, in relatively close proximity are the Udawalawe and Yala National Sanctuaries, approximately 130 to 140 km away, and the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, the oldest surviving rain forest in South Asia, which is approximately 80 km away.