It is a place to relax, rejuvenate and experience heritage, culture, nature and the way of life in the remote south of Sri Lanka.

Whilst enjoying Sun Sea & Sand one can couple the leisure with the experiences. No necessity to pack and unpack bags to experience the south of Sri Lanka. Taking Insight Resort as the base with day or half day excursions a cross section of interests and experiences can be met. Such as a visit to Sinharaja Forest – a world heritage site, Dutch Fortress of Galle – a world heritage site, Yala, Bundala & Udawalawe sanctuaries, Kalamatiya bird sanctuary, ancient temples, Kataragama holy shrine, Surfing, Turtle watching, Whale & Dolphin watching, marine experiences of underwater corals & fish life on glass bottom boating in lakes & rivers to enjoy & pass through mangrove.

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A resort located in an area where you can also surf, dive and view the movement of Whales and Dolphins off Mirissa.

The long quiet stretch of beach offers you peace in abundance and a dip in the warm Indian Ocean is rejuvenating. Lie under a palm tree and relax on this unpolluted stretch. Learn the art of stilt fishing – a mastery passed down from generation to generation and experience the insight of the only village of stilt fishing in the world.

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Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa – Is yet another famous beach resort in the south coast of the Island. The beautiful Coral Reef in shallow water protected by a rock formation is an excellent place to view corals. Denizens of fantastically set in and beautiful corals and to find fish swimming among them attracts many for snorkelling and diving. Viewing of the corals can also be done from the comforts of a glass bottomed boat. A journey to Hikkaduwa is only 20 minutes on the highway.

Kataragama

Kataragama is a pilgrimage to sacred Buddhist, Hindu and indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. People from South India also come here to worship. Here you get the Ruhunu Maha Kataragama devalaya, a shrine dedicated to Skanda-Murukan also known as Kataragamadevio. Although Kataragama was a small village in medieval times, today it is a fast-developing pilgrimage site surrounded by the jungle in the south-eastern region of Sri Lanka. It houses the ancient Kiri Vehera Buddhist stupa, where Lord Buddha has visited once. A trip to Kataragama is only a day’s excursion.

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Sinharaja Forest

To the entrance of yet another world heritage site, the Sinharaja Forest will take you just 1 hr 45 minutes. To the exciting territory of the mighty wild elephants and the largest density of leopards in the world, Udawalawe and Yala, respectively is just a day’s excursion.

Galle Dutch Fortress

Interestingly, a world heritage site the Galle Dutch Fortress is just around the corner and visits to the deep down south ancient temples with its beautiful and colourful paintings and sculptures such as Vevarukannala and Veherahena is a matter of just 15 – 30 minutes.

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Surfing

It is a well known fact that Sri Lanka contains some of the best beaches in the world for surfing. In this context in the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Ahangama, Midigama and Welhengoda, in very close proximity to the Insight Resort are in the top listings for surfing in this beautiful island. Some call it a surfers paradise as it has very hard fall left break which surfers yearn for and enjoy.

Ahangama, Midigama and Welhengoda are significant spots due to the breaks that are listed amongst the information shared by surfers. The most interesting surfing point is found between Ahangama and Midigama and the place is called “Rock” as the peak is right in front of huge rock that juts out from the sea. The break there is supposed to be having a long left and a steep short right and the wave is supposed to be as much as 7 feet.

The Insight Resort offers very cost effective accommodation in non sea view air conditioned rooms for long stay surfers. The Resort also offers beautiful air conditioned sea view rooms.

Load your surf board on the top of a ‘tuk tuk’ and drive just 5 minutes –

  • Northwards to Welhengoda
  • Southwards to Midigama

Turtles

There are many non profitable organizations supported by International Organizations that run sea turtle farms, purely maintained for the survival of sea turtles and to offer this to the next generation. There is a Turtle Farm situated in Habaraduwa which is a 10 minute drive in a tuk tuk from the Insight Resort towards Galle.  It is just by the Galle-Matara main road.  This Turtle Farm was started in 1986 and to date they are supposed to have released more than 500,000 sea turtles to the ocean.

It is also said on a full moon (Poya) day that many turtles can be found in the area of Midigama, and even on non full moon nights Tourists go to the Midigama area in the nights to spot turtles.  It is an interesting night excursion to join up with reliable locals to watch the turtle habitat in the Ahangama and Mirigama areas.

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Mirissa – Whale & Dolphin Watching

Mirissa is only 5 minutes away from the Insight Resort where one could board a vessel managed by a team of professionals and cruise into the deep sea to view the free movement of Whales.  Mirissa is famous for its frequent sightings of blue and sperm whales.  One would have to be absolutely unlucky to miss a sighting of whales in Mirissa.  It is also fun to be around the Dolphins jumping all over.  These friendly Dolphins are loved by  majority of the fisher folk who would not want to disturb them in any way.


 

Birds Park and Research Centre in Hambantota

It’s a park, not a zoo where animals and birds are having their free movement of their life style.Asia's largest Birds Park and Research Centre in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. Birds Park is a home to endemic and exotic birds with over 180 varieties and around 3200 birds. The park which is located in the Southern part of the island expands on a landscape of 35 acres dedicated for bird enthusiast and for those who study ornithology.
If you are coming from Colombo take Southern Highway to Matara and come to Hambanthota Town. Then come to Katuwewa Junction and turn left. 7km From Katuwewa junction you will find our Birds Research Center & Resort.
Open on all days (Weekdays and Weekends): 6.30 am to 6.30 pm and distance from Ahangama to Hambanthota Birds Park – 115 km (1 hour & 54minutes)
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Ridiyagama Safari Park

Ridiyagama Safari Park is 500 acre safari park, zoo in Ridiyagama area of Hambantota District, Sri Lanka. The park was opened to the public on 28 May 2016. Personal vehicles are not allowed. A Guide will be provided free of charge. Distance from Ahangama to Ridiyagama Safari Park – 98 km (1 hour & 28minutes).

No. of animals: 22 species

Opening hours: 8:30am to 3pm


 

Yala National Park

Yala National Park is located between Southern and Uva Provinces of Sri Lanka. It is the second largest park of the country and is also one of the earliest wild sanctuaries. The largest breed of leopards is found in this area. Probably sighting months of leopards are from January to July. Two prominent pilgrim sites are also located within the park. The park was severely damaged during the 2004 Tsunami catastrophe. Vehicles could be obtained from the park for safaris which are usually provided during dawn hours.
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Bundala National Park

Bundala National Park, 245 kilometers southeast of Colombo is the popular wintering ground for migrating birds. There are around 200 species of birds within the 62square kilometer area. Birds from Siberia and India fly to spend the winter here between August and April. The greater Flamingo which migrates in large flocks has a record of about 2000 arriving at one time. The favorite spot of birdwatchers also has some elephants, giant squirrels and plenty of crocodiles. Bundala Park was the first wetland to be declared as a Ramsar site in Sri Lanka and a biosphere reserve by UNESCO.


 

Great bases reef

Great Basses reef is rock formations on the south-east coast of Sri Lanka, located 12km off the shore. To explore and dive into the reef visitors have to take a 45-minute boat ride.  Imagine dive into a world of shipwrecks, corals and colorful fish at the great bases reef would be an amazing experience to anyone. Divers can explore the rich marine life underwater such as Porpoises, harmless Graysharks, Tuna, Angelfish, Groupers, Giant Maori Wrasses, Snappers, Rays and so on.  However, due to the rough currents people can dive in the sea only between March and mid-April. There is a historical lighthouse on the great base reef rock which adds more color to this place, and it is about 34 meters in height.
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Kirinda Temple

The history of this temple dates back to Anuradhapura era and this area is renowned for the legendary accounts of Princess Viharamaha Devi, to whom the temple is dedicated. This is an ancient temple built on a huge rock facing to the sea. To reach the top visitors must climb up few steps and the view on the top is amazing as the temple provides picturesque views of the sand dunes, the Kirinda fishing harbor and the Indian Ocean.


 

Tissamaharama Temple

The Tissamaharamaya Temple is an ancient and sacred Buddhist temple located in Tissamaharamaya, which is one of the four major Buddhist monasteries built in Sri Lanka after the arrival of Mahinda Thera to the Sri Lanka. The site was consecrated by Lord Buddha himself, who spent some time in meditation there with 500 Arhats (individuals who have reached enlightenment). Tissamaharama Dagoba which is located inside the temple premises is the largest stupa in Southern province of Sri Lanka with a height of 156 feet and 550 feet in circumference.
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Lunugamwehera National Park

Lunugamwehera is one of the islands’s newly opened national parks and it is a famed natural corridor for elephants migrating from Yala National park to Udawalawa. Lunugamwehera National Park was opened to public on 1st of February 2005. The Lunugamvehera Reservoir within the park covers 3,283 ha. This can be recognized as one of the unexposed parks because of the famous Yala and Udawalawa National parks although it is rich in biodiversity. The park is a habitat for many wild elephants and wild buffaloes. In addition, other species of animals such as Fishing Cat, Grey Mongoose, Bear, Wild Boar, Spotted Deer and Mouse Deer are found here.


 

Hummanaya Blow Hole

Hummanaya Blow hole is the only known blowhole in Sri Lanka and it is the second largest blowhole in the world.  This natural blow hole is near Kudawella, a small fishing village in the Southern Province. The sea water flows below the shore, and then comes out of this hole due to heavy pressure. Visitors must be patient a little to see this wonderful scenery as the water shoots up time to time and depending on nature of the sea the spray often reaching as high as 25 m to 30 m.
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Ussangoda National Park

Ussangoda National park is situated in Ambalantota, Hambantota District. This park is bordering the Kalametiya wildlife sanctuary and the Indian Ocean. Due to the specialty of Ussangoda soil structure, this 20 arches land consists dark red soil, small rocks, short grass and bushes. Visitors will get this great opportunity to see the various type of colorful fish in the sea and the sea erosion gradually happening by the park. The park is an important breeding site for sea turtles and is one of the four serpentines sites in Sri Lanka.


 

Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park lies on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa & Uwa Province and it is one of the world's best places to see wild elephants. At the center of the park lies the Udawalawe Reservoir, which provides water for agriculture and hydro-power generation spreads over an area 30,821 hectares. It is mainly thorny-shrub jungle with grasslands. Udawalawe is undoubtedly the best place in Sri Lanka to see wild Asian Elephants throughout the year, there are about 500 elephants in the park and they often roam in herds of up to 100. Water Buffalo, Wildboar, Spotted Deer, Sambur Deer, Jackal, Samber, Black-naped hare, mongooses, bandicoots, foxes, s the endemic Toque Macaque and Gray Langers are other creatures can be seen in the park. This park is also known for a good bird watching site in Sri Lanka.
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Elephant Transit Home – Udawalawa

Udawalawa Elephant Transit Home is just twenty minutes away from the Udawalawa National Park. In here orphaned and sick elephants are fed and cared for until they are independent and fit enough to return to the jungle. You can visit the center during the feeding hours of 06:00, 09:00, 12:00, 15:00 and 18:00. Visitors can quietly observe dozens of baby elephants drink milk and wander around the watering hole, which would definitely be a heart melting scenery for anyone.


 

Mulkirigala Rock Monastery

Mulgiriga rock cave monastery, with its remarkable history & unrivalled setting is a prime destination. The monastery has a great historical significance dating back to 2nd century B.C. Mullkirirgala Rock Cave Temple, reminiscent of the famous Golden Dambulla Rock CaveTemple, is one of the 64 temples built by King Kavantissa, father of Dutugemunu [161-137 BC] The Hero of the Nation, who reigned in Mahagama, a principality in the ancient kingdom of Ruhuna of Sri Lanka. King Kavantissa is credited with having erected a golden Buddha statue 18 cubits in length, in one of the caves at Mulkirigala Rock Cave Temple. According to the legend, on the advice of arhath (Buddhist monks who had achieved the state of Supreme Enlightenment), a lamp that burn with Mustard oil is believed to have been lit so that it could last for 5,000 years, till the birth of next Buddha, Maithreeya.
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Ella

The beautiful hill country village surrounded by mountains, tea plantations and greenery everywhere you go. Ella is the best place to relax and wind down and enjoy the breath-taking scenery. The Ella Gap offers a stunning view and on a clear night you can see the subtle glow of the Great Basses light house in the southern coast of Sri Lanka. The Ravana Ella Falls is another spectacular sight in Ella, the perfect place for a quick dip in the cool waters. Ella’s Rock offers a breath-taking view of the countryside, the walk up to the rock itself is beautiful, passing through rail tracks and tea plantations.


 

Coconut Tree Hill Mirissa

Insta Famous Coconut tree Hill located in 1.5Km away from the Mirissa beach. Aside from Mirissa beach a 15 to 20 minutes breezy walk through the water, passing a couple of bays is the coconut tree dome. Or you can reach it via a restaurant nearby. Slip into a hammock and discover the breathtaking sunset while sipping fresh coconut water. Must say this is definitely an ideal spot for a stunning instagram pic!
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Dondra Head Light House

Dondra Head Light house is the tallest lighthouse in Sri Lanka  operated and maintained by Sri Lanka ports authority. It is located in Dondra head also known as Devundara thuduwa, the Southernmost point of Sri Lanka. The view is great so once you have visited all spots around mirissa beach this would be the next ideal to visit!


 

Underwater Marine Museum in Galle

Underwater museum of Sri Lanka Galle located 50 Feet / 15 Meters deep sea. This is open for public now and open 365 days. But It is not recommended to visit from May to Sep which is off-season for southern coast with rough sea. Recommended to visit Galle underwater museum from Nov 1 st to 30 April each year. All sculptures of the underwater museum in Galle were designed and sculpted by Navy sailors with the use of cement and ecofriendly material. Entire constructions work also were carried out by Sri Lanka Navy Team under direct supervision of Naval Commander of Sri Lanka. You can see different types of maritime / historical related sculptures at the underwater museum.
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Martin Wickramasinghe Museum

The Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum is located the Koggala Free Trade Zone, not far from the coastal city of Galle. Once the home of he famous Sri Lankan Writer and Poet Martin Wickramasinghe, it is now a place filled with his memories and remnants. This interesting museum includes the house where respected Sinhalese author Martin Wickramasinghe (1890–1976) was born (the traditional southern structure dates back 200 years and has some Dutch architectural influences). Exhibits are well displayed, with information in English, with a good section on dance (including costumes and instruments), puppets, kolam (masked dance-drama) masks (including one of a very sunburnt British officer), carriages and Buddhist artefacts.


 

Katuwana Fort

Katuwana Fort , is an inland fort constructed by the Dutch in 1646. 1736 Map of Fort Catuna. The Dutch generally built forts along the coastal areas to protect strategic harbours and anchorages from other colonial forces, such as the Portuguese. They did however construct some forts inland, primarily to defend the coastal lowland areas from attacks by the Kingdom of Kandy. Katuwana fort was built approximately 40 km (25 mi) from Matara, in the Kandyan foothills at the northern limits of the Dutch East India Company's territory.
The fort was located on the slope of a hill, with 5 m high ramparts, a single gateway and a 4 m walkway on top. It was diagonal in shape, with two bastions, which each accommodated six cannon, as a result it was often described as a redoubt rather than a fort. In 1761 during the 'Matara Rebellion' the fort was captured by Kirti Sri Rajasinha's Kandyan forces and partly destroyed. Following the anexure of the Kandy Kingdom by the British in 1815 the fort lost its strategic value and was abandoned.
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Madunagala Hot water Springs

Madunagala is famous for hot water springs. It is a beautiful creation of nature situated in Madunagala hermitage in the Hambantota district, close to Sooriyawewa town in Southern province of Sri Lanka. This place will leave a monumental experience for you.

Earlier, there were only the well and two - three tanks on an empty land. But it has been properly constructed recent past. Water flows from tank to tank on both sides, creating different temperatures in different tanks. Remember that, water in first tank is significantly hot. If you have little kids, don’t just pour water on them right away. It’s wise to start from the last tank which the temperature is low. It’s interesting to change tanks while bathing.


 

Koggala Boat Safari

Tucked away from the sights of the few tourists who venture this far into the heart of the south, the 30-km-long lake is a welcome change from the frenetic pace of the perennially-on-holiday towns in the vicinity. The polite and enthusiastic boat operator who took us on a tour was the only person conducting business on a Sunday evening. This meant we sailed in isolation for the most part of the 35 minutes, barring a few local fishermen returning home. The silence was only broken by the occasional bird call and the hum of the boat's motor. The boatman informed us that the lake plays host to 10 crocodiles. Along the way, we had a few false sightings that all turned out to be large rocks instead.
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