Every traveller deserves a journey that is bountiful in memory and rich in experience. We at Serendivi can arrange exciting magical excursions, transport and tours to any of these magnificent locations in and around Tangalle because we believe each adventure will bring you closer to finding yourself.
Just walking distance from Serendivi, Rekawa is a fishing village with mesmerizing beaches on one end and a mysterious lagoon on the other, and is famously known to be the perfect site for turtle watching. The turtle hatchery at Rekawa is the nesting ground for five out of the seven species of marine turtles in the world. What makes Rekawa truly special is the fact that remarkably, it is one of the few places in the world where you get to observe marine turtles in their natural habitat and it is truly a moment worth experiencing. Imagine holding baby turtles in your hands and watching them scuttle in to the ocean and swimming away; it is a moment that is sure to fill your heart with warmth. If you are a lover of turtles and marine life then Rekawa is a must see.
A visit to Tangalle is never complete without a visit to the park that brings the fabled Jungle Book to life. A one-hour drive from Serendivi that’s absolutely worth every minute of your journey there. Whether you are an avid wildlife lover, or just visiting a wildlife park for the first time in your life, Yala is a beauteous addition to your bucket list. The sight of majestic leopards and mighty elephants, along with the enthralling bird watching experience, is sure to leave you stunned and at a loss for words. Similarly, Udawalawe National Park which is framed by the soaring highlands to its North, and surrounded by lush green forests, is one of the best places in the world to see wild elephants. Udawalawe is the embodiment of the saying that there is no better place to see animals than in their natural habitat as the sights of the wild elephants promise to amaze you. Known to be the pinnacle of wildlife in Sri Lanka, Yala and Udawalawe allow you to get up close and personal with the untamed world of wildlife in what is sure to be unforgettable experiences of epic proportions, which ensures that you come back with a new-found meaning to life.
Just a 90-minute journey from Serendivi and one that is well worth the travel; Katharagama is one of the most popular and sacred pilgrimage sites in Sri Lanka. It is a town of high religious significance and has an aura that comes from the compelling blend of procession, piety and religious extravagance. From the Katharagama Maha Devalaya to Kiriwehera Temple and the Katharagama Museum, there is no shortage of historic locations for the explorers’ minds to dwell in. There are few places that come close to being the embodiment of Sinhalese culture as much as Katharagama, and the splatter of colors in the city creates a view that will be etched in your mind as a long-lasting memory. Away from the sandy shores of Tangalle, Katharagama is definitely worth the visit simply for the peace of mind the city exudes and for being a welcome change of pace.
For so long one of the hidden natural treasures situated in the Southern coast of the island, Mirissa is now a popular destination amongst both tourists and locals. Watching the waves of crystal-clear blue water washing ashore the clear shoreline of soft powder white sand is one of the finest personifications of the paradise island that Sri Lanka truly is. With the ideal waves for surfing and snorkeling or perfect setting for even a peaceful long walk along the shores, the beaches of Mirissa are fitting for every mood. Above all, perhaps the best Mirissa has to offer is the intriguing opportunity of whale watching. You can venture into the oceans to witness the extremely rare and fascinating sight of majestic blue whales appear out of the surface of water, raise its gigantic fins in the air and make spectacular splashes. For sure, it promises to be a thrilling and unforgettable experience as you revel in the sight of these amazing and remarkably unique creatures.
One of the major attractions of Hambantota is the Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort and Spa, which is merely a 30-minute drive away from Serendivi. If you’re in the mood for a game of golf, then the 18-hole golf course which is set amid a vast coconut palm and pineapple plantation and surrounded by the ocean breeze is the ideal place to be. If you’re up for an exhilarating, heart throbbing experience, the trapeze is sure to not disappoint. If the trapeze is a no-go, you can always go for a bit of a hop on the trampolines. Add to that a 24-hour fitn ess centre, yoga classes, lawn bowling, beach volleyball and archery; you are sure to be gladly occupied at this luxurious landmark in Hambantota.
For the explorer on the lookout for the heavenly combination of nature and birdwatching, Kumana National Park is a dream come true. Being one of the country’s largest protected breeding grounds, Kumana National Park is home to over 250 species of birds. The sight of birds such as migratory waterfowls to pelicans to little cormorants, in an environment with a tropical forest surrounding wetland is sure to take your breath away. With various flocks of birds, both rare as well as endemic, Kumana National Park is well and truly the bird’s paradise of Sri Lanka.
Situated in close proximity to the north of Tangalle, the Mulkirigala Raja Maha Viharaya is an archeological site that is sure to amaze you. There are fewer places that embody a glimpse of the colossal culture of Sri Lanka better than this breath taking rock temple. Consisting of seven smaller temples situated in five areas, the timelessly beautiful paintings and sculptures in the caves created centuries ago are bound to leave you stunned. Set in an environment amongst a green forest of coconut trees, and exuding a peaceful vibe, the Mulkirigala Raja Maha Viharaya is well and truly a marvel of architecture, paintings, sculpture and style.