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"Pristine beach and beautiful lake!"

Koggala Tourism

Koggala is a coastal town in the southern region of Sri Lanka. A relatively offbeat destination which is famous for its namesake Koggala Beach and Koggala Lake. Surfing is a favourite activity amongst visitors to Koggala Beach.

The lake, a freshwater lagoon, is dotted with small but scenic islands. With names such as the Cinnamon Island and Spice Island, they are indeed as appealing as they sound. A tour of Koggala is incomplete without a visit to the Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, which has many instruments, puppets and costumes on display.

There are many turtle hatcheries at Koggala which are home to species such as the leathery turtle and loggerhead turtle. Tea connoisseurs would be delighted by a visit to the Handunugoda Tea Estate, renowned for the Virgin White Tea, which is untouched by hand from the tea bush to the consumer. The Kathaluwa Purwarama Maha Viharaya is a Buddhist shrine that houses 200-year-old paintings, some of them depicting the Jataka tales. Amid the pristine beach and beautiful lake, a trip to Koggala is perfect for a peaceful and relaxing vacation.

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Beaches and Lakes in Koggala

Compared to the other beach towns of Sri Lanka which are usually swarming with locals and tourists, Koggala is less busy, creating a much quieter atmosphere for surfing or unwinding. One can also observe stilt fishing, a traditional fishing method. A catamaran ride across Koggala Lake is a peaceful affair lasting around two hours, with stopovers at the Cinnamon Island, Temple Island and the Spice Island.

Home of The Virgin White Tea

A unique attraction near Koggala is the Handunugoda Tea Estate, where visitors can understand tea processing and its history. Also, one can sample and buy the exotic Virgin White Tea with a slice of chocolate cake on the side, along with other tea varieties. The distinctive feature of the Virgin White Tea is that it is entirely untouched by humans from harvesting to the consumer.

Restaurants and Local Food in Koggala

The restaurants at Koggala are as diverse as the tourist attractions here. The beachfront restaurants, in particular, offer stunning views of Koggala Beach as you enjoy a hearty Sri Lankan meal. Fresh seafood is a favourite among locals and tourists alike. The seafood delicacies include devilled prawn, fish curry and crab curry. Chinese and European fare is also available at these restaurants.

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What is the best time to visit Koggala?

The weather conditions at Koggala are known to vary all through the year hardly. The best time to visit Koggala is from December to March, as rainfall is at its lowest during this time. December is the busiest month in terms of tourism. If you’re looking for more cool temperatures, then January is the ideal time for a vacation here.
The offseason at Koggala lasts from June to October, with higher chances of rainfall coupled with cloudy skies. The month of June sees the highest rainfall.
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What are the places near Koggala?

The top places near to Koggala are Galle which is 13 km from Koggala, Colombo which is located 115 km from Koggala, Kandy which is located 147 km from Koggala, Nuwara eliya which is located 116 km from Koggala, Anuradhapura which is located 257 km from Koggala

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