Explore & Discover Wildlife And Culture While Staying Koggala
Koggala sits on the golden south coast of Sri Lanka, a sleepy hamlet promising laidback beaches, excellent surfing opportunities and exotic wildlife to explore. Listed below are some of the top activities to enjoy there.
Explore Kataluva Purvarama Maha Viharaya
Sri Lanka being a predominantly Buddhist nation has loads of culture waiting to be discovered and one of the South’s most treasured shrines is the 13th century – hard to pronounce – Kataluva Purvarama Maha Viharaya. The most treasured artefact there are the beautiful Kandyan era style paintings tipped to be over 200 years old. Do take time to look at the painting depicting the 500 lives of Lord Buddha. Harking back to colonial times are the cameo style paintings of Queen Victoria and the Queen Mother, said to serve as a thank you to the British for allowing the locals to practise Buddhism un-harassed.
Relish the Kottawa Forest Reserve
Nature lovers trek your way to this almost virgin forest and enjoy nature at its pristine best. Almost 15 acres in size the reserve is still relatively unknown, a blessing in disguise? The bio-diversity is a beaut, boasting 12 species of birds and 100 types of endemic trees to make your way through. Travel in Koggala is all about enjoying the simple pleasures of life and nothing compares to a leisurely stroll along a bubbling brook, watching out for cheeky monkeys and giant squirrels. #
Climb the Dondra Lighthouse
Just under 39kms from Koggala is Dondra Head, the islands southernmost point. There you will come across a vintage lighthouse which is thought to be the tallest in the country. Sri Lanka’s colonial past resurfaces once more as the story of the lighthouse unravels. The complex was designed by Sir James Nicholas Douglas and comprises of 7 floors, but the most fascinating point is that all the bricks were imported from England.
More info: wikipedia.org/Dondra_Head_Lighthouse
What we have not spoken about are the fab beaches, surf spots, the turtle hatchery and rustic village vibes. Oh and there’s much more, but that’s for you to discover.