From our position on Koggala Lake we are well placed to provide land and lake based experiences that will enhance your appreciation of this verdant and beautiful part of Sri Lanka:
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Sarath and his family have been growing cinnamon, as well as other fruits, vegetable and spices, on their island small holding for 3 generations now. We cross the lake to his home in our dhoni boat and sit and drink cinnamon tea while he and his wife demonstrate how this highly sought after spice is produced.
What better way to enjoy our special location than to take a leisurely cruise in our dhoni along the shore line and around some of the nearby islands in the lake including Madol Duwa, immortalised in modern Sri Lankan folklore by the famous author Martin Wickramasinghe.
There are some beautiful trails to discover from Tri. Just head out from our gate and follow your nose for some free-wheeling exploration of the countryside. We can also provide guides for some longer rides to the southern coast.
The unique fort at Galle is a fascinating oddity in Sri Lanka. Dating to the time of the Dutch occupation this UNESCO Heritage protected site has a very cosmopolitan atmosphere with its mix of architecture and narrow lanes and vast granite ramparts. Great to explore on one’s own or a guide can be arranged to show you around and recount the history.
There are a large number of beaches that are accessible from Tri. Mirissa is the furthest to the east that is convenient and it is a lovely small bay that is swimmable in the winter months. Adjacent Weligama is a famous surfing beach, good for beginners and the more experienced alike and better served by restaurants. The surf break actually starts a nearby Kabalana, the closest of the beaches to Tri, about 15mins by road. Mainly undeveloped, and again good for swimming in the winter, there are numerous surf schools between here and Weligama. Thalpe beach to the west (20mins), while not great for swimming at any time of year has a number of good restaurants to enjoy the view from. Finally, Unawatuna, about 5km from Galle is now a very popular beach with many beach bars, cafes and restaurants. Swimmable all year round, Unawatuna has a mix of backpackers and day trippers and there are a variety of activities here such as sea kayaks, snorkelling/diving and boat trips.
The estate at Handanugoda is a lowland plantation about 20mins from Tri an perhaps the closest plantation to the ocean. Apart from producing a fine range of black and green teas they are famed for introducing white, or silver, teas according to the ancient methods employed by the imperial courts in China. It is a fully operating estate with its own factory. A fascinating glimpse of tea production.
There are plenty more places to visit and things to see around the south coast including; the iconic stilt fishermen, often found up a pole in the surf between Thalpe and Weligama; the Rumasala peninsula of Ramayana legend with its temple and peace pagoda; the Yata Gala temple with its fine statuary and painted cave temple; the Kathaluwa Temple with its 200yr old murals.
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