KOGGALA

Koggala is a small coastal town, situated at the edge of a lagoon on the south coast of Sri Lanka, located in Galle District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. Koggala is bounded on one side by a reef, and on the other by a large lake, Koggala Lake, into which the numerous tributaries of the Koggala Oya drain. It is approximately 139 kilometres (86 mi) south of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 3 metres (9.8 ft) above the sea level.

 

PLACES TO VISIT

Dikwella Lace Centre

For souvenirs that show you care visit the Dikwella Lace Centre. Locally made crafts are the perfect way to remember your holiday to the island plus a great way to help the local communities earn revenue. The women of the Dikwella village have been crafting lace for generations using an age old traditional method known as ‘beeralu’. To learn more visit the museum to see how lace became so important to the Dikwella area.

KOGGALA LAKE AND SURROUNDING

Koggala Lake is a yet another place to be visited in Sri Lankan tourism. Koggala Lake is a un- spoiled lake located about few kilo meters away from Galle. It will feel like a paradise for nature lovers who are eagerly seeking for sites to explore and study the natural bio diversity and eco system.

The isle is comprised with lush mangrove swamps at all. The lake is embellished with rocky islands, animals and shrubs. You can explore whole the area and all the islands. It is quite tremendous for bird watching and sunset sceneries in the evenings. Even many species of birds have immigrated to Koggala islands.

Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum

As the name suggests the Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum in Koggala showcases Sri Lanka’s cultural traditions. Avid readers of this distinguished and popular writer will recognize the locale as it features prominently in his work. It provides an insight into the heart of his literature, as visitors to this restored house can take in the personal collection of photographs, memorabilia and gather interesting information on the area. Fascinating details on tradition fishing to warding off evil spirits can be learnt as guests take in the clearly and precisely marked exhibits.

Stilt fishermen

This is no ordinary fishing, there might be several methods of catching a fish but this one is mind-boggling. Fishermen in Sri Lanka use stilts to catch a fish. Stilt Fishing is an old tradition practiced by around 500 fishing families in Galle, in southwestern-most Sri Lanka, especially around the towns of Koggala,Kathaluwa, and Ahangama.

They usually fish during sunset, noon and sunrise, with each one taking their elevated position and balancing about 2 meters above the water. As you can see in the picture front slider, there is a vertical pole engrafted into the sea bed, attached to it is a cross bar, called petta, on which the fishermen do the balancing act. So with one hand they hold the stilt and the other hand they have a fishing rod or a line to catch spotted herrings and small mackerels, which are then kept in a plastic bag tied around their waist or the pole.

Tea Factory/Spice Garden

Come and enjoy the excitement of having firsthand experience of a working Tea or Rubber Estate or learn the mystery of spices, at the Handunugoda Plantation and Tea Center which is a popular choice. The Habaradoowa Spice Garden is another place to see and learn about the spices and herbs that are used for cooking and medicinal purposes..

Turtle watching

Sri Lanka boasts about 5 varieties of sea turtles – those include the Olive Ridley Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle, Green Turtle,Hawksbill Turtle and Leatherhead Turtle. Incidentally, some of the perfect nesting habitats exist in Unawatuna and Galle and a visit to a turtle hatchery or farm is worth the trip. In addition to it being an enjoyable excursion, most of the turtle farms and hatcheries in the area are non profit and rely on the generosity of its visitors to protect these beautiful creatures.

Whale Watching in Mirissa

It is always exhilarating to watch the majestic creatures of the sea, whales. Whale watching in Mirissa allows you a high chance of seeing these gorgeous creatures along with dolphins, turtles and other fish varieties. It is an activity that has to be experienced when visiting Koggala.

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