Hambantota is the primary town in the district and for centuries has been a pivotal hub connecting the island’s south east with the west. Historically the area was home to a flourishing civilization, whose agricultural achievements, facilitated the development and evolution of the south. As the Kingdom of Ruhuna began to grow and prosper it also drew many traders from Siam, China and Indonesia, who docked at the natural hourbour in Godawaya, Ambalantota.
The area was also of great importance to colonial occupants and around the years of 1801 and 1803, the British built a Martello tower on the tip of the rocky headland, alongside the lighthouse. The builder was Captain Goper and the tower was constructed on the site of an earlier Dutch earthen fort. The turret was subsequently restored in 1999 and today it houses a fisheries museum, which is well worth a visit if you’re in the vicinity. The Hambantota of today has seen a flurry of expansion, with recent development ushering in a new era of prosperity for the district, making it accessible, easily traversable and affording visitors a varied choice of places to visit and things to do.
Things to do
- Scenic Flights
- Photography and Filming