The south coast of Sri Lanka covers the area from the beaches just east of Galle down to the port of Hambantota. The beaches here are generally far less touristy than those of the busier west coast; it's not unusual to find yourself alone on long, dreamy stretches of palm-fringed sand, especially east of Matara. Broadly speaking, as you get further east, it becomes more remote and less busy. Some of the prettiest bays in the country are found on this stretch of coast and the region is regarded as truly Sri Lankan and a bastion of Sinhala patriotism.
We have covered Galle itself in a separate section and will concentrate here on the beaches and other attractions further to the east in what is known as the 'deep south' of Sri Lanka. Although it is far less visited than the Galle region, the south coast has some of the very best boutique hotels and luxury resorts in the country.
Mirissa is one of the prettiest bays on the coast and retains the ambience of a sleepy fishing village. Further along the coast is Thalaramba: this long stretch of beach is home to several small resorts and is close enough to Mirissa to provide options for evening entertainment.
Just beyond Matara, with its pleasant walled Dutch fort, there are several quiet beaches with a selection of peaceful places to stay.
Skimming across many interesting spots, the next concentration of hotels are in and around Tangalle. Four main beaches and several smaller coves make up one of the most beautiful and peaceful areas in Sri Lanka. There is plenty to see and do in the area and a number of good restaurants. Experience Travel Group have several exclusive experiences in the region - ask our consultants for more details - and the rock monastery at Mulgirigala is a must visit. Beware though that this area is very spread out and moving around takes time.
The deep south is also home to numerous national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. You have access to Yala and Udawalawe National Parks, whilst Bundala National Park and Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary are both close to Tangalle.