Matara is a beautiful coastal city located in the southern part of Sri Lanka. The city is known for its beautiful beaches, temples, and historical sites. If you are planning a trip to Matara, here are a few things you can do to make the most of your visit.
Visit the Matara Fort
Located only 35 minutes away from Dickwella Resort & Spa, this fort was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century and rebuilt by the Dutch in the 17th century. The Matara Fort is a great place to learn about the city’s rich history, which also offers stunning views of the Indian Ocean, qualifying as a great place for photography.
Explore the Star Fort
The Star Fort, originally named Redoute Van Eck by the Dutch is one of the most iconic Matara places to visit. This fort is located on the eastern bank of one of Sri Lanka’s famous rivers; the Nilwala River. The Star Fort is a great place to learn about the city’s military history and offers beautiful views of the river.
The Weherahena Buddhist Temple
This temple is one of the most famous sites in Matara and is known for its beautiful statues and intricate carvings. The temple is also a great place to learn about Buddhism and Sri Lankan culture.
Visit the Mirissa Beach
Mirissa beach is located just a few kilometers from Matara and is known for its beautiful sunsets and whale-watching opportunities. It is also considered to be one of the best beaches in all on the island, making the trip to these sandy shores worthwhile.