Travel Guide to Hambantota

The complete tour guide to Hambantota, 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.

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About Hambantota

The crystal blue seas lined with pristine golden beaches is one of the main highlights of Hambantota. Mixed with captivating archeological sites this coastal area is one of Sri Lanka's hot destination spots. Rumored to be one of Sri Lanka's best kept secrets, Hambantota lies on the southern side of the island, close to Matara. It's also considered to be the home of traditional brass workers such as Angulmaduwa where brass is fashioned into a variety of glittering brass items such as lamps and bells.

Hambantota was traditionally known as Ruhuna during the olden days, a land with a flourishing civilization and one that was blessed with fertile fields and an impressive irrigation network. It was a dispute between King Mahanaga and his brother King Devanampiyatissa of Anuradhapura, that prompted him to establish the Kingdom of Ruhuna in Hambantota. According to local history this region played a vital role in building the nation as well as nurturing the Sri Lankan Buddhist culture.


Getting into Hambantota

Hambantota is easily accessible by train, bus and private hire. It's located approximately 240km away from Colombo if you take the Southern Expressway. The drive there via the highway will take you about 4 hours. There is no trains to Hambantota however you can take one to Matara and then it's an hour's bus ride to the town. Check for times and the schedule.

You can also book a hire a private taxi at the international airport itself to get to Hambantota. Check for more information on rates.


Getting around Hambantota

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.


Where to go and things to do in Hambantota

There is much to see at Hambantota such as the beautiful beaches and national parks such as Bundala and Kumana National parks. Scroll above and click on our 'What to see' section to discover and explore more of Hambantota.