Koggala

Koggala, a strange little village in the southern coast of the island, can be reached once you pass the world famous bay beach of Unawatuna. Although not particularly famous as a tour destination with incredible beaches and other attractions, this little village does have its charm, being bound by the reef on one side and the Koggala Lake on the other side. But one thing that you can be guaranteed of when you do step into Koggala is the world class accommodation that you will be welcomed with, because of the availability of many luxurious resort and hotels for you to choose from.
The Koggala Lagoon, a tranquil and attractive little area, where you will see the tiny dotted islands with their abundant species of birds coming to life in the wee hours of the morning. This lagoon is also famously known for its supply of prawns. You can visit the little islands by boat, some of them which have attractions like the cinnamon plantation and the Buddhist temple.
A must visit place is definitely the Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum, who was a famed Sinhalese writer of the 20th century. Inspired by his ideas this museum showcases traditional Sri Lankan culture, with the exhibits ranging from fishing tools to carriages and Buddha statues to a colorful selections of dance costumes, puppets and masks. About 5km away from Koggala lies the Kataluwa Purvarama Mahavihara, a temple that was originally built in the 13th century. This temple is well known for the Kandyan style paintings that are present on the walls of the main shrine.

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