The southern coast of Sri Lanka is still largely untouched and unchanged by tourism, but with the New York Times and Forbes naming it a Top Destination, it won't be overlooked much longer. One of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world, there is much to see and Hambantota is the gateway to most of it.

Yala National Park, it is said, brings The Jungle Book to life. Ironically, it was once a hunting ground for the elite under British rule - today it holds the world’s largest concentration of leopards and elephants. Bundala National Park is an important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka, the highlight being the greater flamingo. With herds of elephants, wild buffalo, sambar deer and leopards, Uda Walawe National Park rivals the savannahs of Africa. Head there for a tropical safari.

The boho-chic set is heading to Galle, southwest of Hambantota, for stylish relaxation. The UNESCO World Heritage protected Galle Fort is an 18th-century Dutch walled town with chic shops, grand colonial houses and beautiful beaches.

Bundala National Park

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Bundala National Park

Bundala National Park

Get up close and personal with elephants, crocodiles, monkeys, and thousands of colourful birds in Bundala National Park. Take a guided tour with a local guide to gain an appreciation for just how many different types of animals and birds there are to see.

Mahapelessa Hot Springs

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Mahapelessa Hot Springs

Mahapelessa Hot Springs

Rest, rejuvenate, and relax in these tranquil, naturally occurring hot springs. There’s something for every taste with a variety of pools and temperatures available.

Kumana National Park

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Kumana National Park

Kumana National Park

More than 255 species of birds have been recorded in Kumana National Park. A protected area within the park, the Kumana Bird Sanctuary, is one of the most important bird nesting and breeding grounds in all of Sri Lanka.

Hambantota, Sri Lanka At a glance

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Population: 11,213
Country Code: 94

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