Sri Lanka's South Coast

Sri Lanka's South Coast

Sri Lanka’s south coast boasts astonishing beauty and a laid back feel, offering its visitors a rich cultural heritage combined with a quintessential tropical beach holiday. Secluded coves and villages characterised by stilt-perching fisherman nestle against a backdrop of palm trees, rice paddies, and cinnamon plantations. Peak season in these southern reaches is from late November to April, with the heavy Yala monsoon rains of May and June best avoided. There’s a comprehensive range of accommodation varying from modest cabanas to stylish luxury hotels, and a wide choice of eateries from simple cafes to expensive restaurants. Unsurprisingly, the seafood is superb.

South coast visitors can kick back and relax on white sands, in ayurvedic spas, or at peaceful yoga retreats. Surfing, sailing, sea-kayaking, and deep-sea fishing in turquoise seas are there to be enjoyed, along with scuba diving on vibrant coral reefs. Dolphin and whale-watching are a delight, as are seasonal night safaris to watch turtles scrambling ashore. Tucked away from the main tourist trail are the relatively untouched beaches of Polhenna and Talalla, and the town of Tangalla which maintains a tranquil ‘far-away’ feel despite its increasing development. Lush vegetation tumbles right down to the soft sands of Mirissa beach where some of Sri Lanka’s best surfing is to be found, and Dickwella is known for its fabulous scuba diving. The bustling towns of Matara and Weligama mean that modern conveniences are never too far away, and to top it all, cultural excursions to ancient Buddhist temples or Dutch-colonial forts are also possible.


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Itineraries

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Luxurious 15 day guided family trip exploring Sri Lanka’s treasures, including the ‘Cultural Triangle’, ‘Tea Country’, glorious beaches and ri Lanka's finest lodges.

Tailor-made Luxury 15 days

Adults from $6,626 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

Families from $5,926 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

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Accommodation

Kumu Beach

South Coast

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Contemporary beachfront property
- 10 rooms, friendly atmosphere
- Mask museum, turtle hatcheries, boat trips

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Large, exclusive resort
- Stunning beachfront location
- 4 restaurants, pool, spa, tennis courts

Mawella Villa

South Coast

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Colonial-style property
- Beautiful beachside location
- Large pool in tropical gardens
- Cultural & safari activities nearby

Coco Tangalla

South Coast

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Boutique beachside hotel
- Good value for money
- Comfy base for exploring south coast

Apa Villa

South Coast

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Secluded beachfront hotel
- Private bungalow accommodation & meals
- Reliable choice just outside Galle

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 506 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019

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