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Things to do around Balapitiya – Quieter Side of the South

Balapitiya part of Sri Lanka's popular coastal stretch is not as vibrant as the hip towns around it - but is ideal for those seeking holistic relaxations and the magic of local Ayurveda treatments.


Take on a Madu Ganga Tour

The bio diverse environs of Madu Ganga are ideal for nature lovers and dreamers. Enjoy the idyllic settings as you drift lazily along the winding path of the muddy river. Watch out for the indigenous wildlife that include water monitors a variety of birds and monkeys that inhabit the little islands along the way. You can stop off at one of the cinnamon plantations and get updated on the full process of making the sweet smelling spice and visit the crocodile farm where baby crocs will easily fit into your open palm. Enjoy gliding listlessly along the water as cooling breezes refresh you and thoughts of a relaxed evening tea at your holistic Balapitiya resort treat your mind.


Shop for Crafts in Balapitiya

Balapitiya caters to the slow paced tourist out to enjoy some rest, relaxation and rejuvenation of mind body and soul. This is why the place is well known as a destination for finding an excellent Ayurveda hotel in Sri Lanka rather than shopping. Although Balapitiya does have enough shopping allure to satisfy the holiday shopaholic. There are enough antique, arts and craft and souvenir shops around the town for picking up a few gifts and souvenir items while close by resorts such as Ambalangoda, Aluthgama or Hikkaduwa are a few minutes via tuk tuk for a day of splurging on local handicrafts.


Water Sports are A Hop Step and Jump Away

Now if you are planning on relaxing and chilling at a holistic retreat in Balapitiya such as Amba Ayurveda Boutique Hotel; chances are you may not want to break the spell and head out of heaven. But if the adrenaline bug does bite, remember that Bentota is a few minutes away. There you can indulge in all manner of water sports from jet skiing to snorkelling as well as riding a banana boat. Once you've had your fill of partying look forward to heading back to the tranquil charms of soothing Balapitiya.


Discover the Bandu Wijesooriye Dance Academy

If you love exploring and embracing the various cultural and traditional aspects of a country, do visit this vibrant dance academy. There the art of southern dancing – called kolam, Kandyan dancing and Sabaragamuwa province dance methods are taught. Each dance offers a distinctive style and entails wearing colourful masks and head dresses. A typical dance course will take up to a year; however quick methods for learning a few basic steps are offered to foreigners eager to try out the rhythmic routines associated with traditional Sri Lankan dance.


Ayurveda Treatments in Balapitiya

The south is well known for its Ayurveda treatments and in Balapitiya you will find that the local vedda offers a range of soothing cures for many ailments. If you want to spend some time treating your mind body and soul to the curative wonders of this ancient method of therapy, look for a well located Ayurveda resort that offers relaxing environs around which to enjoy the benefits of nature.