Situated just south of capital city Colombo, Mount Lavinia is a beach resort that is known and loved for its 'Golden Mile' of gorgeous beaches that stretch out along the coastline. As one of Colombo's most peaceful suburbs, this coastal haven is the ideal place for Sri Lankan city dwellers and weary travellers alike to steal a breath of fresh air, go for a splash in the refreshing water and while away the hours soaking up the sunshine on the beach. While the days are spent in this leisurely manner, things heat up in the evenings as the nightlife scene comes alive.
One of the most popular activities in Mount Lavinia is diving and every year hundreds of visitors plunge in to the sparkling water to observe the spectacular marine life that lives below. Vibrant reefs speckled with tropical fish make up this underwater landscape and there are also a number of shipwrecks that can be explored. Jetskiing, kayaking and surfing are all available as well for those who prefer to keep their head above the water.
Near to the resort sits the wonderful Dehiwala National Zoo, where a number of magnificent animals dwell. Witness monkeys, leopards, elephants, lions and dozens of other species and the check out the zoo's huge aquarium. For more interaction with the local wildlife, the nearby turtle hatchery is an incredible experience. Learn all about the conservation of these adorable creatures as you watch the workers nurture and care for a plethora of baby turtles before releasing them in to the sea.