Beyond Koggala’s perfect beaches is a world of culture – spanning thousands of years – on our doorstep. A short walk away, the stilt fishermen go about their daily business and at the Kataluwa Purwarama Temple, the friendly monks explain the painted Jataka tales behind the 200-year-old murals. A tuk-tuk ride takes you to the Martin Wickramasinghe Open Air Museum, a fascinating place to learn about Sri Lankan folk culture.
A swimming pool in the sea
In just a 20-minute walk – or a five-minute tuk-tuk ride – is the naturally formed Koggala seawater pool, ideal for children and those who don’t like seawaves, but like to be by the sea.
A big favourite with the locals, it can get busy at the weekends, and on public holidays.
Magalla Lagoon Boat Trip
Taking two hours, the excursion includes visits to Temple Island, Bird Island and Cinnamon Island. It’s a ten-minute walk from the hotel – or five minutes in the red tuk-tuk – to the boat. Look out for the Sunset Tree Bats.