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Matara is located 160km south of Colombo, in the southern coast of Sri Lanka.
Matara can be reached by main Colombo-Galle-Matara motor road as well as by the railway line.
River Nilwala Ganga flowing into the Indian Ocean at the beach of Matara divides the city into two areas: the old town, set in the estuary of the river and the new town located in the main land. The six-lane Mahanama Bridge connects the mainland with the estuary.
New town of Matara in the mainland sprawls in all directions. Train station, banks, shops, cricket ground and Dutch Star Fort occupies prominent locations.
Old town of Matara or the old colonial district in the estuary called Fort is home to old rest house, Dutch Reformed Church, bus station, market and a mosque.
Matara, the transportation hub of the region
Matara is the major transportation hub of the Southern province with well-organized bus station in the old town.
Accomodation at Matara
The preferred location of accommodation at Matara is Polhena and Medawatta beaches.
Polhena Beach & Medawatta Beach
While Polhena beach offer good snorkling opportunities, Medawatta is good for surfing.