Travel Guide to Ampara

The complete tour guide to Ampara, find information about the city's famous attractions, a list of things to do and much more. Book hotels at the best price and reserve your table at the top restaurants.

Ampara Overview

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About Ampara

Towards the eastern coast of Sri Lanka, you’ll find the humble town of Ampara which is bustling with enthusiastic beach goers and nature lovers! Ampara was once a part of the ancient Digamadulla Kingdom and was known as Ambaragama during the olden days. Hence you’ll find remnants of palaces and monasteries that once sheltered thousands of Arhants and Stupas. Although the town has a history steeped in culture it’s also home to one of the world’s best surfing spots Arugam Bay, where International surfing competitions are often held.

The districts is also speckled with a few sanctuaries such as the Lahugala Kitulana National Park, and the Gal Oya National Park. These parks are home to a variety of majestic animals and are adorned with beautiful plant species. It’s interesting to note that Ampara was initially a residence for construction workers and eventually under the Galoya scheme developed by Prime Minister D.S. Senanayake became a town. 

Getting into Ampara

Ampara is located approximately 324km from Colombo. You can either drive or take the train to Ampara, which takes over 5 hours and 3 hours respectively. The journey to this coastal area is supposedly beautiful as the path winds through lush green fields and misty hills.

The quickest way to get to Ampara is via Air taxi which you can book on The air flight takes you to the closest town which is Batticaloa from where it’s a short ride to Ampara.

Getting around Ampara

Most Sri Lankans travel around cities and towns by tuk-tuk aka three wheelers. Note that it's a rule of thumb to fix the price before getting into a tuk-tuk to avoid paying more than required unless of course, the tuk has a meter. It will also help if you can ask locals how much it’s to get to your destination just to be sure you are paying the right amount. Having said that you can also travel by bus which is the most affordable way and you can ask locals to help you. The bus conductors will also be able to help you in any way that they can. Make sure you have small change in the form of coins and notes when going by bus instead of large notes. For example Rs.50, 20, 10 and a few coins.

Top things to do in Ampara

Although Ampara has only handful of attractions such as Arugam Bay and Lahugala Kitulana National Park it will surely leave you with fond memories! Scroll above and click on our 'What to see' section to discover and explore more of Ampara.