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Must visit places in Koggala

Gallantly swaying palm trees, clear seas and warm smiles set in decadent, tropical surroundings await you at Koggala. Explore this quaint town that's home to some of Sri Lanka's most pristine beaches.

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The Sea Turtle Farm in Habaraduwa

Located in Habaraduwa, 10 km away from Koggala is the Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery. The farm is a non-profit organisation that functions as a conservatory for endemic species of sea turtle that have, in recent years, been endangered due to overfishing and the smuggling of turtles for the illegal meat and "pet" trades. The farm is of special interest to conservationists, environmentalists and marine enthusiasts as it is one of the foremost organisations vested in saving Sri Lanka's sea turtles from impending extinction. The farm has been pivotal in releasing 500, 000 sea turtles back into the ocean. Visitors to the area can volunteer their services, partake in awareness programs or enjoy a brief tour of the hatchery.

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Koggola Lake

The picturesque Koggola Lake is a must-visit for all visitors to the Koggala region. Ensconced in surrounding banks that are a verdant haven boasting of lush foliage, travellers sailing along the lake will pass many a little islet. One of the aforesaid islets is home to a historical temple while another is the famed Bird Island Village that is a favourite amongst bird watchers. Some of the other islands function as ancient Cinnamon plantations where visitors can witness the manufacture of the exotic spice firsthand.

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The heritage city of Galle

The Southern town of Galle is a stalwart attraction for any visitor to the island and with good reason. Aside from the town being a UNESCO world heritage site, the town serves as a fantastic jump-off point to other tourist attractions such as the Sea Turtle Farm in Habaraduwa (a stone's throw away from Koggala), the ancient Galle Fort, stilt fishermen in Ahangama, scuba diving in Unawatuna, temples, boutiques and many a Galle restaurant serving authentic local cuisine that offer travellers a chance to sample our gastronomic culture through. So bountiful is Galle in history, culture and recreational activities that many travellers to Sri Lanka opt for accommodation such as the Mosvold Hotel villa located within the town itself and tour the province operating from Galle as their base.

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The Hiyare Rainforest

Located around 40 minutes from Koggala, the Hiyare Rainforest encompasses lush woodland and is a tranquil retreat that also operates as an animal rescue centre. Travellers to the location are in store for close encounters with recuperating wild animals. Once recovered, the animals are released back into the 600 acres the reserve comprises of where they are permitted to roam around freely. The forest is home to a diverse and unprecedented collection of indigenous flora and fauna, many of which even the most ardent of nature enthusiasts may be unaware of. The rainforest is, therefore, one of the foremost places to add to your bucket list during your tour of Sri Lanka's sunny South.

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