What to do and see in Kosgoda, Sri Lanka: The Best Places and Tips

November 13, 2017 Ying Subia

Kosgoda is a small coastal town located in Southern Province in Sri Lanka. The area of Kosgoda is home to a population of nearly 3,000 people. It is approximately 72 kilometres (45 mi) south of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 1 metre (3.3 ft) above the sea level. The area is becoming one of the most vibrant tourist areas in Galle District in Sri Lanka due to the locations beautiful beaches, Kosgoda Lagoon (perfect place for watching birds and boat trips) and the it's Turtles and Turtle hatcheries.
Restaurants in Kosgoda

1. Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project

13A Galle Road, Kosgoda 80570, Sri Lanka +94 91 2 264567
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4.5 based on 508 reviews

Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project

Reviewed By radhaaiyar - Mumbai, India

we were a group of 13 visiting the hatchery.
the manager chandrsiri abrew was very generous with information on turtles.. the probems faced by them..the harm humans and predators cause.. the protection given to the healthy, sick and handicapped turtles.
we saw all types of turtles.
we also bought items from their shop to help a cause.
must visit.

2. Ahungalla Beach

Ahungalla, Sri Lanka +94 77 186 6942
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4.5 based on 231 reviews

Ahungalla Beach

Reviewed By Lenka73 - Prague, Czech Republic

Beach is very very nice, only pure sand, easy and slow access to the ocean, so great for small kids and seniors as well. Ocean was very clean and not really cold. Nice place to relax, even without sunbeds and umbrellas - they are not there. But at the end of the beach is small restaurant and you can rent it there, they have couple of them. And in the same time you can use the refreshment from there.

3. Sri Lanka Touren

609b Galle Road, Induruwa 80510, Sri Lanka
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5 based on 47 reviews

Sri Lanka Touren

Guided day or multi-day tours to Sri Lanka to individual requirements with a qualified guide. Whether Safari in National Park, Temple tours or boat trips, for everyone.

Reviewed By Brendan J

My family and I had wonderful time with Anura. We particularly enjoyed our time in the car taking in all the new sites and chatting about the local culture. In comparison to another tour guide we had used previously Anura was clearly a great find. He has clean comfortable car and demonstrated his honest pricing when he offered a refund due to the changing itinerary of the trip.
Many thanks Anura, we hope to see you again!

4. Madu River

Nilwala River Safari, Bridge View, Custom Road, Balapitiya , Sri Lanka, Balapitiya 80550, Sri Lanka +94 77 602 0422
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Madu River

Madu River is a wetland, near the Small town "Balapitiya" along the Colombo Galle highway. This is the point where the Estuary of the Madu river. The river flows through a terrain where it creates a large number of Islands, and the eco system creates a beautiful wetland. The hotels around provide boat rids through the canals created at a good cost. And there are loads of places to stay, dine and wine.

Reviewed By Andy S - Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom

We went on a half day River safari on the Madu River......river!!!!......more like a huge lake!!.......12 person boat with our friends from North Yorkshire, who we met at Riu Creole in Mauritius last February and a loopy bunch from Sweden and Norway.......amazing who you can meet on such trips......we had an absolute ball!!.....saw lots of wildlife including crocodiles, water monitors and snakes.......awesome as so close!!........visited Buddhist temple on a small island with lots of standing statues we had seen on This tours website........humbling to actually see them up close.........a real trip to remember our visit to Sri Lanka........a must do for anyone staying at the Riu Sri Lanka in Ahangulla

5. Sri Lanka Chamo Tours

No 258/11 Main Street, Ambalangoda 80300, Sri Lanka
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5 based on 108 reviews

Sri Lanka Chamo Tours

We are a well established day tour operator in Sri Lanka who advises you in composing your unforgettable stay & we know every special spot & have traveled every corner of our beautiful country. Therefore you can be certain that you are in the best safe hands to organize wonderful day tours in Sri Lanka.

Reviewed By rudhras

For our 8th international trip we choose Sri Lanka Ambalangoda as per recommendation from one of friend. Who also booked our tour with this company who arranged a wonderful trip for us every single thing was booked right before the trip. Which made us enjoy lot more as there was nothing to be worry about. No doubtly chamo tours is the best for there who's services is the best. I would 200% recommend travellers for this company going out there !!!

6. Bentota Beach

Bentota Beach, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka +94 76 856 3472
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Bentota Beach

Reviewed By fsillery - Birmingham, United Kingdom

A most beautiful beach which seems to go on for miles. After going into the sea in the UK and the water being cold it is refreshing just to walk in and the water is warm.I will miss this outstanding beach.

7. Kande Viharaya

Temple Road, Aluthgama 12080, Sri Lanka
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Kande Viharaya

Reviewed By Kumi M - an airport somewhere!

After a long day of sightseeing down along the southern coast, we were ready to head back to our resort on the beach. However our driver asked if we were interested in stopping here. And I'm really happy he did in the end. I had looked this place up before our trip and yet I totally forgot about it for some reason (and it's only a few minutes from where we're staying too). It was one of the spots that I didn't want to miss. If you're just passing through the area it's not far from the Colombo-Galle main road.
The entrance way takes you up a hill (via tuk tuk) along a short road with short carved walls featuring the Korawak Gal (These area also on the steps leading up to the hill).
We were greeted by a fat and loud chicken - most likely overjoyed that he wasn't on someone's plate. (Other chickens and animals on the grounds have found sanctuary here).
We made a bee-line directly to the front of the statue. This Samadhi Buddha is enormous and one of the tallest sitting statues in the world. The light colors on Buddha stood out against the crisp blue afternoon sky and looked wonderful. (I'm posting photos).
Don't forget to take your shoes off. We arrived close to 5 in the afternoon so the stones were warm - almost comforting. (There are some stray dogs so watch out for poop).
Since we did not take the stairs up, we did not get to see the Thorana.
After staring at the giant statue and checking out the stair case with the awesome Makara Korawakgala, I decided to walk around the bottom instead of up the stairs between the marble lions.
The outside of the chamber below Buddha is lined with life-size figures of the kings of Sri Lanka including King Devanampiya Tissa - he was the man in charge when Buddhism came to Sri Lanka.
Upon entering the image chamber I got another second wind. The air was nice and cool and the sight is impressive. Stairs leading up and down take you to different sections of the room. It's dark and yet the frescoes inside are so vibrant. Here you can see the Jataka tales that show Buddha in previous births teaching lessons while in various forms (man, animal, god, etc.) There are so many paintings inside, I wish there was a guide available to explain each one. This room is really peaceful. There were a couple of ladies sitting on the stairs talking quietly and discussing the images. I wish I could've understood what they were saying. Take your time and look at the art as well as the room as a whole.
I think my group was done for the day. So I did not get to see the relic chamber, Bo tree (supposed to be 300+ years old!) or Devala. I kind of think I should've gone back for a second visit however there's another week of ancient places to visit yet to come!
This is a working temple and place of worship. It is also free of charge. You can make a donation if you'd like. It was not crowded when we arrived and non-worshipers were welcome too.
This could easily be a fast visit if you've got things to do or an extended one if you really want to look at the details and learn a bit more.

8. Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center

School Lane, Kosgoda 80570, Sri Lanka +94 72 224 8300
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4.5 based on 70 reviews

Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center

Reviewed By Christophe_Lap - Mont-sur-Rolle, Switzerland

The place is interesting. You learn a bit about the turtles and their conservation. The intention is really good, but it's a bit too touristic. I don't want to take a picture with a turtle in my hand which the guide wanted absolutely us to do. I prefer to see and understand the conservation of these creatures. Not to mention that such touristic actions are stressing the animals.
Otherwise the place is interesting to see

9. Mangrove Cave River Safari

No.183/A , Galle Road, Ahungalla 0094, Sri Lanka +94 91 2 256740
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4 based on 95 reviews

Mangrove Cave River Safari

Reviewed By Jonathan P - London, United Kingdom

Delightful river safari with stop to learn about cinnamon production and Buddhist temple . Much wildlife too and a glimpse into prawn fishing, through the mangrove trees. Nice touch was the provision of water and an ice cold towel at the end.

10. Sri Lanka 4 U - Day Tours

No. 169 Nedagamuwa, Kotugoda 11390, Sri Lanka
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5 based on 91 reviews

Sri Lanka 4 U - Day Tours

I have more than 15 years of travel experience leading tourists from all over the world in Sri Lanka. I can customise and plan trip based on your requirements, needs and interests. I speak English and Arabic . Email me to plan your exciting Pearl of Indian Ocean - Sri Lanka/

Reviewed By Edward H

Anu is a great driver, guide and companion. He is very knowledgeable and interested in his visitors so he can tune the tour to better suit the clients. We've used Anu twice now and recommended his to friends who also had a great tour. Anu knows the island of Sri Lanka really well and the regional and seasonal fruits. He will pull over an rush off to get a specific fruit that is only briefly in season and in a very small area. We have a lot of friends and family in Sri Lanka and Anu has served us fruit that most Sri Lankans have not heard of.
Anu has a great attitude and believes that laughter cleans the blood, I think I agree.
He is very reliable, always on time (typically arrives early) and knows where to find local character and flavour away from the pricey tourist trail. He has a large and growing network of local contacts such as drivers and guides at National Parks including Wilpattu and Yala. Anu was our lucky leopard guy on our recent trip to Wilpattu, we saw a leopard on each of the 2 Safaris that he accompanied us (and no leopard the time he didn't come with us).
He is a great, safe, experienced driver and so much more.

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