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Hambantota Sri Lanka

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120 km from Galle, located in the south east corner of Sri Lanka, Hambantota is a part of the Southern Province districts. Hambantona is one-of-a-kind tranquil town characterized by its dry landscape, Malay population, colonial architecture, and great expanses of salt.

Hambantota is famous for its salt flats and intensely hot arid zone climate. With sweeping sandy beaches on the side, it is a convenient base for exploring the nearby Bundala National Park, Yala National Park and the temples at Kataragama. Most inhabitants of Hambantota are Sinhalese and Malays.

HISTORY OF HAMBANTOTA

Historical records say that about 200BC, the first Kingdom of Sri Lanka was Anuradhapura. Due to a personal dispute with King Devanampiyathissa of Anuradhapura, his brother King Mahanaga established a new kingdom at Ruhuna in the south of the Sri Lanka that played an important role in upbringing of the nation and the Sri Lankan Buddhist culture.

Hambantota District is part of the traditional south known as Ruhuna. Also known by the names of ‘Mahagama’ ‘Ruhuna’ and ‘Dolos dahas rata’ Hambantota was the centre of a prospering civilization. Historical says that about 200BC, the first Kingdom of Sri Lanka was Anuradhapura. Due to a personal dispute with King Devanampiyathissa of Anuradhapura, his brother King Mahanaga established a new kingdom at Ruhuna in the south of the Sri Lanka that played an important role in upbringing of the nation and the Sri Lankan Buddhist culture. Around the years of 1801 and 1803, the British Captain Goper, built a Martello Tower on the site of an earlier Dutch earthen fort alongside the lighthouse overlooking the sea at Hambantota that tower was restored in 1999, and today it houses a fisheries museum. Hambantota was badly affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.

MARTELLO TOWER – HAMBANTOTA

Situated just a few meters south of the Hambanthota Rest House, built by the British Empire in late 18th century, Martello Tower is about 25 feet in height and 40feet in diameter with two stories. There is a lighthouse, a bungalow and gallows close to the tower.

HUMMAYANAYA – HAMBANTOTA

Hummayanaya is the second largest of the six large blow holes in the world. During the southwest monsoon, especially in the month of June, the display of blowhole seems most spectacular. The outlet is at a top of the fissured cliff about 20 meters above the sea level.

REKAWA TURTLE BREEDING CENTRE – HAMBANTOTA

Close to Tangalle, a turtle breeding beach at Rekawa is a perfect place for animal lovers where five out of eight known species of turtles can be seen who visits the island to lay eggs. Turtles are now a protected species in Sri Lanka.

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