Tangalle is a town located 35 km (22 mi) east of Matara and 195 km (121 mi) south of Colombo. It comprises several bays, including Goyambokka, Pallikkudawa, Medaketiya and Medilla. Tangalle is also known as a common swimming and diving destination. The name Tangalle is believed to be derived from ran-gala or golden rock.
Koggala is a small village on Sri Lanka’s south coast and is a well-known surfing destination. It is located 130 km (81 mi) south of Colombo. The Koggala River and Koggala Lake are also located in the area. The village is also known for the Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Art Museum.
Hikkaduwa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka about 14 km (8.7 mi) northwest of Galle. It is Sri Lanka’s most developed beach resort, well-known for surfing and sea turtles. The surrounding waters contain a coral sanctuary that is a large shallow body of water enclosed by a reef. There is also a small collection of small islets off the beach
Dickwella beach, also known as Dikwella or Dikwella South, is a small coastal town in the Matara district of Sri Lanka. It is located 22 km (14 mi) east of Matara. Sri Lanka’s largest Buddhist statue is located in Dickwella as well. Many people swim along the shores of Dickwella beach because the waters are protected by headlands, reefs and sandbars.
Polhena is a beach located in Matara and contains a 4 km (2.5 mi) long coral reef about 200 m (660 ft) off the shore. Because of this, the water near the shore is relatively calm and is a common spot for tourists to swim. Numerous people can be seen scuba diving, surfing and sunbathing along Polhena Beach.
Weligama is a small fishing town located about 30 km (19 mi) east of Galle. It is relatively quiet and is located around a broad bay. The name Weligama is translated to Sandy Village, and describes the surrounding landscape. The beach is also known for its stilt fishermen. Weligama can be reached by the main A2 Colombo-Galle-Matara motor way, the Southern Expressway and the Colombo-Matara Railway line.
Mirissa is a beach located close to the southern tip of Sri Lanka, approximately 200 km (120 mi) from the equator,and 4 km (2.5 mi) southeast of Weligama, a town on the south coast of Sri Lanka. It is crescent-shaped and secluded.
Unawatuna is a city located 140 km (87 mi) south of Colombo. The beach is semi-circular and stretches approximately one kilometer. Unawatuna is also known for its sea turtle population and tourists are able to witness them laying eggs along the shore at various times during the year. Although Unawatuna suffered heavily in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, it was rebuilt quickly and touristic activity resumed.
Bentota is a city located 64 km (40 mi) south of Colombo and approximately 101 km (63 mi) south of Bandaranaike International Airport. It is largely a rural area and the land is dominated by tall coconut palm trees. It can be reached by the Colombo-Galle main road (A2) as well as the Colombo-Galle-Matara Southern Railway line.
Beruwala is a city located 55 km south of Colombo and 92 km south of Bandaranaike International Airport. It is the first main beach resort in the south western coastal belt and can be reached by the main Colombo-Galle motor road (A2) as well as the Southern Coastal Railway line. It is also a large fishing center.