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Things to do in Ahungalla - Packed with wonder!

Ahungalla is a charming coastal town that has plenty to offer. Let's look at some of the best things to do in Ahungalle while you're visiting.


Sea turtle conservation

You'll find plenty of sea turtle hatcheries scattered across Ahungalla and they're always open to the public. Local fishermen collect all the eggs from the beach and bring them back to these hatcheries where they are looked after until they've hatched and are ready to make their way into the waters again. This massively increases the odds for survival for the sea turtles born in Sri Lanka as they're otherwise taken by predators. The baby turtles are well accustomed to the humans who visit and interact with them as well. These baby turtles are fed and looked after thoroughly. The local fishermen also bring back adult turtles who are in need of medical attention as well, where they are nursed back to health before being released back into the waters


Gem shopping

Gem shopping is an exceptionally fun and rewarding experience to try out. While you must beware that there are quite a few scam artists around, it's still a fun activity to check out. You'll be able to visit a gem factory as well a shop to watch the process of making these intricate pieces jewels.


Tea shopping

Ceylon tea is heralded all over the world for its taste and quality and is some of the best around. While Ahungalla itself has no tea plantations, you can definitely check out the many tea shops scattered around town. You'll see giant burlap sacks filled with dried tea leaves that release absolutely wonderful aromas of the different flavours of tea such as jasmine, chocolate orange, and so many others. You'll be able to watch and learn how to make a cup of tea just the way the locals do and buy yourself some tea to take back home with you. There are plenty of Ahangama hotels to choose from when it comes to accommodation while you check out the items on this list, like the Mosvold Villa for instance.


Visit a Spice Garden

Ahungalla is a great place to learn about Ayurveda, an ancient Sri Lankan form of medicine that utilizes natural remedies and ingredients to heal most injuries and afflictions. Once you're at a Spice Garden you'll be shown around by someone who studies the subject. They will take you around all of the plants, pointing out all their many healing qualities. They'll also explain how the plants are used today in Sri Lanka as well. You'll be able to see many herbs and spices like the original Ceylon cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and lemongrass. At the end of the tour, you'll be taken to a small shop that sells all the different lotions and medicine that was explained to you if you're interested in purchasing any.


Visit Bentota Beach

The southern end of Bentota beach is one of the most evident locations as to why Sri Lanka is referred to as the Paradise Island. Clusters of gorgeous palms that bend right into the coastline and white sand that makes it an absolute visual treat.


Take to the waters on a river cruise

What better way to enjoy a relaxing vacation than to take a cruise on a river. There are boat safaris on the Madhu river that will take you across the waters. You'll be able to see historical island temples, beautifully shaded mangroves and crocodiles as well.