Koggala is a small, unprepossessing town that is home to one of the finest bay beaches in the world – Unawatuna Bay Beach, a popular place for surfers.
In 1996, a small turtle hatchery was opened. In order to discourage poaching they nowbuy the turtle eggs from local fishermen. Visitors can witness how newborn turtles are cared for before they are released back into the ocean.
The attractive and tranquil Koggala Lake is also alive with birdlife. Dotted with rocky islands and fringed with mangroves, it is possible to visit the small islands in the lagoon. One island features a cinnamon plantation whilst another is home to a Buddhist temple.
Koggala also accommodates a museum that showcases Sri Lanka’s traditional culture and way of life. Artefacts include fishing tools, cooking utensils, religious items and local costumes. 5km away is the temple of Kataluva Purvarama Maha Viharaya, renowned for its remarkable Kandyan-style paintings in the main shrine, dating from the late nineteenth century.
If you are planning a Koggala holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Koggala Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Koggala.