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10 best things to do in Ahungalla – delightful escapes

When in Ahungalla, a town located within Sri Lanka's Galle District, one will encounter numerous leisure destinations, each with its own tale to tell and experience to look forward to.

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1. Ahungalla beach

Affording, awe-inspiring vistas of crashing waves and lazily swaying coconut trees, Ahungalla beach is one area worth considering if one simply wants to get away from it all. From swimming, sunbathing to even munching on delectable cuisine from nearby restaurants, this stretch ought to be included in your travel itinerary no sooner you decide to explore Ahungalla.

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2. River safari on the Madu Ganga

Made up of an eco-system consisting of islands and mangrove swamps, a river safari on the beautiful Madu Ganga (River) will be quite a rewarding adventure indeed. With over 60 islands, touring this area will allow you to discover a thriving habitat that houses water monitors, kingfishers, monkeys and a vast array of plant life.

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3. Kosgoda sea turtle conservation project

Established with a view of caring for injured as well as turtle hatchlings before it is time for its release, an opportunity to call by the sea turtle conservation project ought not to be passed up as it will also let you participate in the releasing of these species come evening.

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4. Galagoda Shailatharama Viharaya

Home to one of the longest reclining statues of Lord Buddha, the temple which is located in Karandeniya serves as a constant reminder of the country's Buddhist identity. Though an entrance fee is charged, visitors would do well to head over during a Poya Day where scenes of devotees offering prayers will be depicted throughout the day.

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5. Ambalangoda mask museum

Located in the town of Ambalangoda which is in close proximity to Heritance Ahungalla is the historic Ambalangoda Mask Museum. Spend time at the museum inspecting every element that is incorporated into mask making before being educated on the varying purposes for which these masks are used. Be it for comedies, processions and even to cure illnesses.

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6. Lunuganga

Featuring amongst the many places to visit when moving through Bentota, attractions such as Lunuganga which is the estate of renowned architect, Geoffrey Bawa calls out to your inner soul. Containing carefully and artfully remodeled garden spaces and vegetation, this idyllic expanse allows for quiet strolls where you are bound to stumble upon outdoor rooms, statues, and breathtaking scenery.

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7. Bentota beach

Remaining in the area of Bentota, the stretch of coastline that continues to be well received and appreciated by all ages is the local beach itself. With miles of stunning beach to walk on, visitors here will have the chance to engage in a wide array of water sports with a number of service providers readily offering their services.

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8. Diving

The Submarine Diving School in Unawatuna paves the way for vacationers like yourself to obtain Open Water Certification that can be used to dive down to the depths below. A team of experienced instructors will teach you the finer points needed to master this popular leisure activity.

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9. Cookery class

Try your hand at preparing some of Sri Lanka's most loved curries and learn the art of perfecting an ideal balance of ingredients, condiments, and other essentials. Choosing a hotel or resort property that has access to such a pastime will be a step in the right direction.

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10. Whale watching

Beginning from November through to April, most holidaymakers in Ahungalla have been known to go whale watching in Mirissa; an activity considered a 'must-do' when in the southern coastal belt of the country. Look forward to capturing scenes of blue whales, killer whales, and playful dolphins during the trip.

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