Nestled along Sri Lanka’s stunning southern coastline, Koggala offers everything from beachside fun to cultural attractions and beyond. Planning your first trip to the area? Here are the best things to do in and around Koggala.
Koggala & Unawatuna Beach
Sri Lanka is known for offering some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet and Koggala Beach is no exception. This long stretch of white sand offers a dreamy setting for sunset walks or simply working on your tan. For safe swimming conditions, your best bet is to drive over to neighbouring Unawatuna Beach, which is widely regarded one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka. The drive over from Koggala Beach to Unawatuna takes just 10 minutes.
In Koggala, you don’t just have to settle for the salty waves of the ocean. Koggala Lake is a vast freshwater lagoon located just a few minutes from the beach. You can explore the lake by joining a boat tour. This is a very relaxing way to while away an afternoon. Boat rides on Koggala Lake usually include a stop at the tiny Temple Island where visitors can witness monks paying their respects to the shrine. Other islands on Koggala Lake include the descriptively named Spice, Cinnamon and Bird islands.
Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex
The Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex is the restored home of one of Sri Lanka’s most celebrated authors. Centrally located in Koggala, the museum dates back some 200 years and offers a fascinating glimpse at Sri Lanka’s everyday history. The museum houses Sri Lankan artefacts ranging from ancient to modern with the object of connecting Sri Lankan people to their roots. A fascinating place to visit for the whole family.
Handunugoda Tea Estate
No trip to Sri Lanka is complete without getting better acquainted with the world-famous Ceylon Tea. The Handunugoda Tea Estate is one of the best rated tea plantations in the country and located just 20 minutes outside of Koggala. A visit to the estate includes touring the estate and sipping delicious Ceylon Tea while enjoying the stunning scenery. You’ll also learn more about virgin white tea. This is the most expensive tea variety in the world and is harvested without ever coming in contact with human hands.
Sri Lanka is famous for its scrumptiously fresh seafood and the seaside town of Koggala is a prime location for trying it out. There are plenty of seafood restaurants lining the beach, so you’ll really be spilt for choice. Some of our favourites include Stick Fisherman View Restaurant which serves some of the best seafood, ever and which offers a picture-perfect location right on the white sandy beach.
Sri Lanka is deeply immersed in the healing traditions of Ayurvedic medicine and lucky for you, one of the best spas in Sri Lanka is located in Koggala. The Spa at Tri Lanka offers two treatment room built overlooking the treetops of Koggala. The spa’s menu offers luxurious massages in the most soothing setting imaginable. Another great option for enjoying spa bliss in Koggala is the beachfront Spa Naturel at The Fortress.