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Top Things to do in Matara Sri Lanka - History, mystery and an array of fun!

Matara is a historic city towards the southern end of Sri Lanka, let's look at some of the best things to do in and around the area.


Matara Fort

The Matara Fort was built by the Portuguese in the year 1560. However other places record that it was built by the Dutch as they invaded and captured the city of Galle. Matara has come to become one of the top destinations for tourists holidaying in Sri Lanka. It has gained immense popularity and has a plethora of well-established hotels, guest houses and entertainment facilities. The Matara city is generally frequented by romantic partners and honeymoon travellers as it presents a nice and serene atmosphere. The beaches, gorgeous resorts and adventure activities like fishing, surfing, whale watching all contribute to the beauty of this city. The fort also offers a spectacular view of the river Nilwala that is liked and appreciated by those who tour the area. This area of Matara is right on the land tongue which is precisely placed right between the green lagoon and the sea. The fort itself is protected by a portion of the landside with walls that are 5 meters in height and 13 meters in width. You can easily climb the walls to witness the gorgeous scenery around.


Polhena Beach

Many tourists who travel to this beach opt to use the maps as they sometimes find it hard to locate the Polhena beach, technology today alleviates this problem with a simple search on Google maps. While there are many beaches all across Sri Lanka, Polhena beach presents a truly unparalleled and stunning view. The beach is about 2 km from the city centre and the great thing about this beach is that its sea water is fenced with the corals, allowing anyone to swim without fear. This was done to protect the tourists who frequent the beach. The classic feel and serene atmosphere make it a perfect honeymoon destination as well. You'll also be able to witness where the Nilwala River makes its way to join the sea in Totamuna. Polhena Beach also provides access to a small nearby island called Crow Island. The lush greenery, beautiful waters, clear sand and amazing corals add to the truly magical experience. If you're looking for a great Ayurveda retreat in Sri Lanka, you'll find many great options to pick from, such as the Surya Lanka Ayurveda Beach Resort.


Star Fort

The Star Fort is located right in the city of Matara, it is named so as its shape forms that of a star. The fort has significant historical and cultural importance as it was utilized in wars when it served to protect and secure the other main fort in the city of Matara. Many travellers and history students take a specific interest in the Star Fort for its architectural importance and strategic planning. The fort is also home to two tiny houses preserved in a much better way as the fort itself has been prone to wear and tear over the years.


SCUBA Diving in Weligama

Weligama is a gorgeous village located near the large natural bay that is heavily shielded by the presence of coral reefs. It is considered one of the most beautiful and mesmerizing beaches in the world. You can enjoy a myriad of activities here such as snorkelling and scuba diving where you'll witness spectacular rock formations and a host of beautiful, breathtaking marine life.

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