Koggala which is situated in the district of Galle, in proximity to Unawatuna, is best known for its abundant stretch of unspoiled beach, which counts among the longest on the island. But it gets even better, Koggala is bordered on one side by a reef and on the opposite side by the Koggala Lake, an arresting body of fresh water into which the abundant tributaries of theKoggalaOya drain. This enables a lagoon brimming with biodiversity and a landscape well worth witnessing.
Koggala being the birthplace of renowned Sri Lankan author Martin Wickramasinghe, is home to the Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Art Museum, a space dedicated to his art and other popular local traditions. Though, the town’s history encompasses much more, including the KataluvaPurvaramaMahaViharaya temple, which was originally built in the 13th century, as well as the Kathaluwa Buddhist temple, which is known for its frescoes and houses the first printing press, which arrived via the Dutch.
Things to do
- Turtle Watching