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Hambantota

4.2
Zoos · Safaris · Nature & Parks
Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. This underdeveloped area was hit hard by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and is undergoing a number of major development projects including the construction of a new sea port and international airport finished in 2013. These projects and others such as Hambantota Cricket Stadium are said to form part of the government's plan to transform Hambantota into the second major urban hub of Sri Lanka, away from Colombo.HistoryWhen the Kingdom of Ruhuna was established it received many travellers and traders from Siam, China and Indonesia who sought anchorage in the natural harbor at Godawaya, Ambalantota. The ships or large boats these traders travelled in were called “Sampans” and "thota" means port or anchorage so the port where sampans anchor came to be known as “Sampantota” (which is now known as Godawaya). After some time the area became to be called “Hambantota”.Ancient HambantotaHambantota District is part of the traditional south known as Ruhuna. In ancient times this region, especially Hambantota and the neighboring areas was the centre of a flourishing civilization. Historical evidence reveals that the region in that era was blessed with fertile fields and a stupendous irrigation network. Hambantota was known by many names ‘Mahagama’, ‘Ruhuna’ and ‘Dolos dahas rata’.
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Safari
Safaris
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Kamal Safari Bundala Park ©
Nature / Wildlife Tour
Kamal Safari Bundala Park
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Kumana National Park ©
National Park
Kumana National Park
4.4
Duration: 8 hours
Ridiyagama Safari Park ©
Zoo
Ridiyagama Safari Park
3.6
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Hambantota

Bundala National Park ©
National Park
Bundala National Park Weligatta
4.6
Duration: 8 hours
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching ©
Nature / Wildlife Tour
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching Kalametiya
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch ©
Nature / Park
Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch Rekawa
1.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Tangalle Lagoon ©
Water Body
Tangalle Lagoon Tangalle
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min

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Walawe River Safari
Nature / Park
Walawe River Safari
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Agro Technology Park
Park
Agro Technology Park
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Dry Zone Botanical Garden ©
Garden
Dry Zone Botanical Garden
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min
Mirijjawila Botanical Garden ©
Garden
Mirijjawila Botanical Garden
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min

Parks in Hambantota

Birds Research Center & Resort
Nature / Park
Birds Research Center & Resort
3.1
Duration: 2h 30 min

Nature in Hambantota

Mahapelessa Hot Springs
Hot Spring
Mahapelessa Hot Springs
3.2
Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Hambantota

Ramba Viharaya ©
Ruin
Ramba Viharaya
3.1
Duration: 2h 30 min