Things to do in Koggala

Located in the vicinity of popular tourist destinations such as Unawatuna and Weligama, Koggala is a small coastal town with one of the longest beaches in the country. One side of this coastal town is bordered by coral reefs while on the other side it is bordered by the Koggala Lake. In comparison to other coastal areas in the country, Koggala is relatively uncluttered and hence offers space for relaxation, where one can enjoy the picturesque views leisurely. The Koggala Lake consists of several islets and is rich in bio diversity. Visitors can take a boat ride to the lake and explore certain islands. Madol duwa is one such island that has gained fame over the years. On some islets there are Buddhist hermitages that can also be visited. Koggala is also the birthplace of the renowned Sri Lankan author; Martin Wickramasinghe, whose work has been translated into several languages. The Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum is yet another noted tourist attraction in Koggala. Furthermore, the Turtle Hatchery in Habaraduwa, the Dickwella Lace Center, the Handunugoda Tea Estate, the Kottawa reserve, the Hiyare rainforest, the Blowhole in Dickwella, the Kathaluwa Purvarama Maha Viharaya and the Thalathuduwa temple are a few of the places of interest in the vicinity. Stilt fishermen in Ahangama are also a sight to see. Diving and snorkeling are some popular pastimes of those who visit Koggala.