Discover the best top things to do in Rekawa, Sri Lanka including Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch, Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary - Bird Watching & Nature Safari, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), Tangalle Lagoon & Kayak, Indika Art Gallery, Medilla Beach, Medaketiya Activity Beach.
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3 based on 418 reviews
Our Turtle Watch was founded by the Turtle Conservation Project (TCP), a NGO that started the nature tourism program in Rekawa. It involves ex turtle egg poachers working as turtle nest protectors and tour guides has won several global awards in the appreciation of services provided to the community, environment, economy, culture and tourism. For more information, visit their (old) website. Since 2010, TCP stopped its activities and handed the conservation & eco-tourism program over to the local community. Our Turtle Watch is nowadays a small scale community-run project by NFR (Nature Friends of Rekawa) and is dedicated to providing a safe and secure nesting environment on one of Sri Lanka's most important turtle Beaches. The project employs previous turtle egg-poachers as 'nest protectors' who monitor the beach 24-hours a day to ensure all nests are safe from both natural and human predators. Providing "in situ" nest protection is the most effective form of turtle nest conservation, and will help ensure these wonderful creatures are protected for future generations. What to expect during a Turtle Watch? We will be waiting at our visitor centre (or on the beach) until a turtle is spotted by one of our nest protectors, who are patrolling the beach. They will sign our guide & volunteers. For all information, please visit our website Our project asks a donation of 1000 Rs. per person (500 Rs. for children). 100% of the proceeds goes to our conservation activities and and the local community. We will ask you to pay the fee before we enter the beach. A reservation is not required. Please kindly note that our Turtle watch is run by locals, of which many do not speak English. Please refer to the multilingual information in the Visitor Centre or proactively approach one of our guides or volunteers with your questions. They'll be happy to answer them!
I know it’s run by volunteers so it’s a bit disingenuous to criticise too much, but there was more wrong with the trip than right. The group was far too big and poorly supervised. There wasn’t enough information as to precisely what would happen ( and how long it would take) and, because the group was too big, people were getting too close to the turtles and using camera phones to try and take pictures which should have been a strict no-no. At least one turtle did not lay eggs for whatever, maybe because of us or maybe not.
Having seen several of the massive and beautiful creatures, it felt good at the time, but looking back, I wonder if, even with our donations to protect the turtles, we did more harm than good.
5 based on 37 reviews
Kalametiya bird sanctuary is located in Hambantota district, southern province, in Sri Lanka. It is a protected area by the government of Sri Lanka. It was declared as a sanctuary in 1938. Kalametiya bird sanctuary falls in to the dry zone category. It is a nice natural landscape for bird watching and nature safari. It is full of water and water flows to the sea through the bird sanctuary. Kalametiya bird sanctuary consists with beautiful mangroves, coastal lagoons, and scrub lands. Many species of resident birds, migratory birds and endemic birds can be seen. These lagoons support breeding colonies of pelicans, herons, egrets and open-billed stork and large wintering populations of migratory ducks and shorebirds. You can enter in to the bird sanctuary by a catamaran. You can climb up the rocks in the middle of the bird sanctuary, and you will see beautiful sceneries of the bird sanctuary from the top of the rocks. It will be a nice tour for nature lovers.
Mahesh is welcoming and very knowledgeable. His boat is of catamaran type construction with two long benches for passengers and provides a stable platform for viewing and photographing the many birds in the lagoon. We enjoyed a relaxing afternoon/evening in quiet surroundings, lush flora all...MoreThank you for visiting Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary !! I'm grateful for your review !!
5 based on 113 reviews
We went around late afternoon and the light was fantastic as the sun slipped away.A beautiful unpolluted place just to see without the birds but birds there were in their scores putting on a majestic display....well in other words it were proper good!
4.5 based on 617 reviews
This Temple was The surprise of my Sri Lanka trip. I have seen many Buddhist temples in my life but this one beats them all. The temple dates from the 3rd century and was further developed during the centuries after. It contains some stunning wall and ceiling paintings dating to over 350 years ago. It's one of the few archaeological sites in Sri Lanka that are not overcrowded with tourists and if you are lucky you will be receive the special blessings of a monk in a short ceremony. The temple has been built on a 205 m high natural rock and you need to climb a 500 step stairway to reach the top. The stairway leads you to different platforms with in total 7 cave temples where you can relax so it's not that bad. You will have stunning views of the surrounding Mountains just behind the temple on top. Definitely worth to visit.
4.5 based on 426 reviews
It is hard to consider the impact of the Tsunami on this area when you see a beach this beautiful. There are some remnants - boats thrown up beyond the beach, but you wouldn't know.
I was there midday, on Independence day, and it was still not crowded.
The waves mean it is not great for swimming/snorkelling, but they make it attractive and a "washing machine ride" for swimming!
There are numerous places to eat along the beach - so plenty of healthy competition.
Worth a visit.
4.5 based on 232 reviews
We decided against going into the lagoon with the kayaking as it looked like a scrap what these wonderful little things go to die. There is some water buffalo, parrots and monkeys to see. Save your money and view these from the side and let them be.
5 based on 42 reviews
Indika's Art Gallery is on the beach road (Madilla Road) near Tangalle. We were not sure what to expect since Indika paints in many styles and some of the paintings are aimed at the tourist market. However, we were delighted to find that his traditional paintings are exceptional. He is inspired by temple paintings such as those at Mulkirigala. He paints local scenes in that traditional style and they are beautifully and carefully executed.
Indika paints on canvas and on small wood panels. He can remove the canvas from its stretchers and roll it into a well packaged tube for easier transportation. His prices are very reasonable.
Indika also stocks well priced souvenirs and jewellery.
He speaks excellent English and comes across as a very genuine, decent person, as well as a very talented and committed artist.
4.5 based on 77 reviews
We stayed near here for 3 nights in August, had superb weather and then huge beach was almost deserted. It's a classic palm fringed tropical stretch of coast, has a few low key beach bars and is a great place to relax for a few days. When we were there the sea was rough and extreme care should be taken in the sea....there are strong rip tides here and we had a serious near miss!! There are lagoons behind the beach as well which are great to sit and watch the birds or to hire a kayak. This part of the coast is a bout a 15 min tuk tuk ride east of Tangalle.
4 based on 78 reviews
From the moment we saw the beach, we knew that we made the right choice by staying at Tangalle.
It's not as crowded as Mirissa or Galle. Clear light orange sand, light bluish green water and Strong waves make it perfect for a days relaxed outing.
Kids loved the water and the beach. There are few shacks where you can lay down, have drinks food and have fun.
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