North West Coast

Puttalam

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Puttalam is a picturesque seaside town situated on the upper west coast of the island. Located in the northern dry zone, it is close to Wilpattu national park which provides the delightful opportunity to spot fauna and many species of remarkable flora, found nowhere else in the island. Famous for salt factories and fishing, it is actually bordered by an enormous lagoon rather than the ocean. Luxurious accommodation is unfortunately not an option here as the areas is rather undeveloped and used to be in close proximity to the war zone, however with new found peace in the country; this little town has a future as one of the best tourist destination for Sri Lanka holidays.

Things to do in Puttalam

Kalpitiya

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Kalpitiya lies on the sharp tip of Puttalam and is bestowed with unspoilt, natural beauty, however it is fairly untouched by tourism and is surrounded by a close-knit fishing community. The beach is a famous spot for whale and dolphin watching and the largest coral reef in Sri Lanka, the Bar reef is just an hour’s boat ride away from the coast. This breathtakingly beautiful reef is home to numerous species of tropical fish including manta rays, sharks, turtles and other forms of marine life protected by colourful layers or coral. Further out is Turtle Point Lodge which consists of two underwater ridges, and the stunning Pearl Banks which is a protected home to rare pearl oysters. The underwater currents here are rather faint making swimming, snorkeling and diving safe and pleasant activities. The warm, golden sand stretches out a great distance and is ideal for relaxation and sunbathing. Boat rides around the lagoons are perfect ways to explore the hidden wonders around the beach and visitors can even canoe down the river. This is also the only place on the west coast where tourists can enjoy a 4WD jeep ride along the deserted sand dunes between the ocean and inland, offering a unique way to enjoy the evening sunsets.

Things to do in Kalpitiya

  • Go windsurfing or kitesurfing
  • Take a Dolphin watching tour
  • Visit the Dutch Fort of Kalpitiya
  • Go diving

Chilaw

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Chilaw lies just a few kilometres south of Puttalam and is an admirable city where people of varying backgrounds, religions and ethnicity live together in peace and harmony. The beach is calm and tranquil allowing you to lay back in complete relaxation and swim at ease. Relating to the post Portuguese and Dutch colonial era, the town is famous for pearls and a large fishing community which specialize in crab and prawn farming. As it is in close proximity to the Anawilundawa Bird Sanctuary, tourists can also enjoy a day excursion to explore the natural wonders of the country after a day on the beach.

Things to do in Chilaw

  • Visit Munneshwaram Hindu temple
  • Visit Anawilundawa Bird Sanctuary
  • Take a trip to the beach
  • Visit the fishing villages and see the catch of the day
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