Hambantota Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. This underdeveloped area was hit hard by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and is undergoing a number of major development projects including the construction of a new sea port and international airport. These projects and others such as Hambantota Cricket Stadium are said to form part of the government’s plan to transform Hambantota into the second major urban hub of Sri Lanka, away from Colombo.
Bundala National Park
is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka. Bundala harbors 197 species of birds, the highlight being the greater flamingo, which migrate in large flocks. Bundala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and redesignated to a national park on 4 January 1993. In 1991 Bundala became the first wetland to be declared as a Ramsar site in Sri Lanka. In 2005 the national park was designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, the fourth biosphere reserve in Sri Lanka. The national park is situated 245 kilometres (152 mi) southeast of Colombo.
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
kalametiya Bird Sanctuary Situated between Tangalle and Hambantota. Twenty kilometers beyond Tangalla, the little-visited Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary compris.
Mahapelessa Hot Springs
Sri Lanka is blessed with three Hot Water Springs. Of them the two well known ones are the Kinniyai (off the Trincomalee – Anuradhapura road, while the other one is located lying in the eastern province on the Badulla-Batticaloa road) also from recent years accessible through the Maduru oya project area of the Mahaweli Systems. Then the third, but in the past was little known is the Mahapelessa Hot Springs nestling in Ruhuna Rata in the Hambantota district (still closer from Embilipitiya in Walawe base). It has now emerged as a tourist attraction after the recent constructions of a sanatorium, spa, five extra concerate tubs and other facilities for the benefit of the tourists both local and abroad.
Yala National Park
is located in the south eastern region of Sri Lanka and extends over two provinces of Hambantota district of southern province and Monaragala district in Uva province. The entrance to the park is at Palatupana, 12km from Kirinda. The distance from Colombo to the entry point of Palatupana is 305 km.
Kumana National Park
in Sri Lanka is renowned for its avifauna, particularly its large flocks of migratory waterfowl and wading birds. The park is 391 kilometres (243 mi) southeast of Colombo on Sri Lanka’s southeastern coast. Kumana is contiguous with Yala National Park. Kumana was formerly known as Yala East National Park, but changed to its present name in 5 September 2006.
Mirijjawila Botanic Gardens
Sri Lanka’s first Dry Zone Botanical Garden is being established at the village of Mirijjawila on Colombo-Kataragama main road with six main objectives: conservation of dwindling trees and shrubs in the dry zone and arid zone; studies on lesser known and under utilized plants in the dry zone; in dry zone landscape improvement; promoting cultivation of medicinal herbal plants; imparting education and training on botany and horticulture to the younger generation; eco tourism promotion. The irrigation of the garden is supported by the nearby Beragama irrigation reservoir. The plans have been made to construct several small tanks within the Gardens too. Spreading over an extent of 300 acres, Mirijjawila Botanical Garden also features ornamental flower cultivation, commercial flower cultivation and facilities to undertake studies on trees.
Thanamalwila is located north of the Hambantota town and borders along the main river system which often rages when there is ample rainfall.. The unique ecosystem offers varying levels of wildlife which cannot be found in other parts of Hambantota. For example: on my last visit I noticed an female elephant roaming around the compound of hostel which is situated near a network of forests.. This area is mostly untouched by tourists and is a great place to just hang out near the river.. The only people you would find are a few vilagers that come to bathe.