Lie back and indulge amidst white-sand beaches when holidaying in the small coastal town of Ahungalla. Known for its laid-back island spirit, this spectacular beach destination offers the perfect blend of relaxation and excitement; an ideal choice for a tropical getaway.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, life in Ahungalla is simple and rustic. Prepare to wander along the shores – unspoilt with much to discover, while you capture the stunning beauty of island. The best way to experience the beauty of Ahungalla is embarking on a boat safari on the second largest wetland in the country – Madu Ganga. A favourite among travelers, this river is flanked by pristine mangrove forests and offers visitors a stunning look into historical island temples, and a diverse range of birds and amphibians that inhabit the river.
As you slowly pass the shady mangroves, watch as a group of monkeys eat fruit in the trees or catch the dawdling movements of a water monitor lizard as it glides through the water at its own pace. Be sure to stop by the Kothduwa Raja Viharaya, an ancient temple located on an island in the centre of the river, which is said to have once housed the sacred tooth relic. On your way back, catch a glimpse of kingfishers patiently waiting on the banks, eyeing the water for prey.
For travelers who want to experience the culture of Sri Lanka, a trip to Ambalangoda is a must. The closest village to Ahungalla, this small town is known as the centre for antiques and masks. A trip to the Ariyapala Mask Museum will give excellent insight into Sri Lankan masks and the meanings behind them. Prepare to delve into the mysterious world of legend, dance and exorcism when you travel to Ahungalla.
Closest Domestic Airport – Bentota Domestic Airport, which is located 4.3 km away from Ahungalla.