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Ahungalla Sri LankaThis is an absolute lazy destination, and a good base to travel to many interesting destinations of Sri Lanka's southwest coast...

Ahungalla beach - This lovely stretch of beach plays host to some of the most luxurious hotels on the west coast and is lined with post card perfect coconut groves.
Distance From Colombo : 96 km
Shopping in Ahungalle and thereabouts, basket ware and handicrafts can be bought from local street side vendors. The area around Ahungalla, particularly Ambalangoda, is famous for its traditional hand carved masks made from light Kaduru wood and painted with vegetable paints. Some of the more elaborate masks feature fearsome faces with fanglike teeth and bloodthirsty tongues. There is a moonstone quarry in Meetiyagoda and you can buy some of these enchanting stones at reasonable prices. Sri Lankan handicraft Centre - on the left hand side of Galle road 10km from Ahungalla you will find the centre where you can see basket weavers at work. Don't miss the frantic market on Tuesdays for good bargains.

Ambagahapityia Welitara - a Buddhist Temple with unique architecture because it was built during the time of the Dutch and the style was heavily influenced by Dutch architecture.

In Ahungalla itself you cannot do much. If you are interested in surfing, to see corals etc you could go to Hikkaduwa. The other option is to visit Galle where you could visit the Galle fort etc. if you travel little further to koggala you could visit Martin Wickremasinghe Museum etc.

If you are a eco lover & would look to do some birding etc you could visit the Kanneliya Forest reserve which is about 42 kilometres away from galle. You could see large number of endemic bird species like Sri Lankan Blue Magpie, Sri Lanka Jungkle fowl etc. Also you could see large number of endemic plant species, lizards etc.

Waist deep wading is fine at Ahungalla in August, the life guards there will "test" the water every morning and tell you where it is safe to go out in, and where it is not, and you should take their advice.
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