Matara, located 160km from Colombo in its southern part, attracts the tourists for its natural scenic beauty. In Matara, one can stroll through lush paddy fields, aromatic tea estates and and fragrant spice plantations. Matara is centreplace in the southern province of Sri Lanka. On excursions from Matara one can visit places like Weligama and Mulgirigala Rock Temple.
Places of Interest:
Matara Fort: This is a landmark fort dating back to the Dutch reign. Several colonial structures are house inside the fort. The most prominent of them is the Dutch Church.
Weligama: This is a resort town located 15 kms away from Matara. The beaches are the highlights here. The 40m tall lighthouse, built in 1890 is another tourist puller.
Dondra/Devinuwara: This temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu. During July / August, a very popular event is celebrated here.
What to Do
With lots to see and explore, sightseeing is a natural activity. Beach holiday is also an option with some fine beaches in Weligama.
How to Reach
Matara is well connected with bus and train route from Colombo. The bus stand and railway station of Matara are placed in close proximity.
Earlier known as 'Mahathota' which translates as 'Great Ferry', Weerabamapanam made Matara is capital and named it Mapatuna. The city has seen Portuguese rule from 1790 to 1795 while the British ruled it from 1796 to 1948.
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