Attractions

Gardens in Bentota, Aluthgama & Induruwa

Brief Garden

You'll find the Brief Garden 10 kilometres inland from Bentota. A barely controlled riot of a garden out of The Jungle Book, the grounds are a lovely place to get lost. The house, which used to be the home of Bevis …
Buddhist Temple in Bentota, Aluthgama & Induruwa

Galapata Raja Temple

About 3km inland from Bentota, on the south bank of the Bentota Ganga, this unexpected 12th-century temple has some lovely murals and a 2500-year-old dagoba that is said to hold the canine tooth of Buddha's main dis…
Buddhist Temple in Hikkaduwa & Around

Seenigama Vihara

About 2km north of Hikkaduwa is the Seenigama Vihara, perched on its own island. It’s one of only two temples in the country where victims of theft can seek retribution. People who have been robbed visit the temple …
Museum in Hikkaduwa & Around

Tsunami Photo Museum

This ramshackle, private museum 3.5km north of Hikkaduwa tells the story through photographs and newspaper features of that dreadful day in 2004 when the Indian Ocean tsunami struck Hikkaduwa and Sri Lanka. Everythi…
Museum in Ambalangoda

Ariyapala Mask Museum

This museum, with its dioramas and explanations in English, gives an interesting insight into Sri Lankan masks and the meanings behind them. It also sells the booklet The Ambalangoda Mask Museum, a useful publicatio…
Memorial in Hikkaduwa & Around

Tsunami Memorial

This small monument remembers the 35,000 people who lost their lives just in Sri Lanka during the 2004 tsunami and the hundreds of thousands of others whose lives were changed profoundly. It was around here that the…
Buddhist Monument in Hikkaduwa & Around

Tsunami Honganji Vihara

Right on the coast north of Hikkaduwa is this statue of a standing Buddha facing the waves with his hands in the abhaya mudra (Buddha pose conveying fearlessness and protection). The statue is a replica of Afghanist…
Museum in Hikkaduwa & Around

Tsunami Education Centre and Museum

This locally run centre focuses on tsunami education for locals, but also has some dramatic and harrowing photos of the 2004 tsunami, including some of dead bodies.
Market in Bentota, Aluthgama & Induruwa

Aluthgama Market

Aluthgama has a bustling market every Monday, located across the train line, towards Dharga Town.
Mine in Hikkaduwa & Around

Moonstone Mines

Have you ever wondered where that pretty little moonstone on your finger actually comes from? Head inland 7km to Mitiyagoda and you can descend (not literally) into the mucky world of mining – 18th-century style! Mo…