In the Southern Province of Sri Lanka, lies the beach city of Matara. Located 160 km from Colombo, Matara has a stronghold in the teardrop island – in terms of scenic shores, Buddhist temples, a frolicking local life and authentic food.
The name Matara translates to "Great ferry" which refers to the large seaport that facilitated immense volumes of trade. The Matara beach and the nearby Polhena beach is a humble abode for the local fisherman and traders. The Buddha temple
Sunrise and sunset here are gorgeous sights that reflect simplicity and warmth. You can fly kites, play fun games and gobble some of the freshly cooked fish alongside the shore, and the beach is ever bubbling with life. The roads are immaculately designed to celebrate Dutch architecture.
The old houses, churches and architecture stand as an ode to the past and ring antique vibes. The Matara Fort and Star fort dating back to 1560, Dutch reformed church of 1706, St. Mary's church of 1762, Old Nupe market of 1769 and Buddhist structures – Parey Dewa and Matariya Bodhiya, a sacred fig tree - are all sites of historical importance, architectural prowess and nature's elegance! An ideal tourist destination, Matara promises cosy stays, beach shacks, trips to the lighthouse (Dondra head), homebound pleasures like popsicles, tender coconuts and street music.
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