Many ancient ruins dotted around the present day Hambanthota depict a significant role played by the people in the south during early kingdoms of Sri Lanka.

The second largest of the six large blow holes in the world. The most spectacular display of the blowhole can be seen during the southwest monsoon, especially in June. The outlet is at a top of the fissured cliff about 20 metres above the sea level. The fountain shoots up to 18 meters depending on the strength of the waves.

Martello Tower
One of the few remaining such towers in the built by the British Empire around the world in late 18th century. Built according to the Mortello Tower in Corsia in defence of the coastal areas said to have repulsed an attack from the Kandyan Empire. About 25 feet in height and 40feet in diameter has two stories. Situate just a few metres south of the Hambanthota Rest House. There is a lighthouse, a bungalow and gallows close to the tower.

Turtle Breeding.
There is a turtle Breeding beach at Rekawa close to Tangalle. Turtles have been roaming the earth for many millions of years. Five out of eight known species are found in Sri Lanka who visit the island to lay eggs. Main areas of turtle nestling is western and southern beaches.

Five species found in Sri Lanka are Green Turtle, Olive Ridley Turtle and Leatherback Turtle, Loger head Turtle and Hawlesbill. Turtles are now a protected species in Sri Lanka though they have been killed for their flesh and shell for many years.
Turtles are known to travel thousands of kilometres but returning to their birth place for nesting.

There are many breading centres open to visitors in the southern coastal areas of the country.

Bundala National Park.
The park include the coastal stretch to the east of the town famous for migratory birds hence a popular bird watching destination. The salterns, lagoons and marshes accommodate more than 20000 birds at a time. Bundala is also home to resident elephants and some migrants from the near by Yala National Park.

To and From Hambanthota


Distance to Major Destinations Km
Colombo 238
Ratnapura 124
Galle 124
Monaragala 113
Thissa 23

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