The Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery is a non-profit organization, initiated by individuals with a shared drive to preserve the lives and futures of these magnificent ocean creatures. A short drive from our hotel will take you to this facility where you can enjoy an unforgettable experience as you see the baby turtles, and even get to feed them.
If you’re looking to experience the locality first hand, then we recommend a casual stroll or a bike ride down the village trail. The local village can seem like a step into the past, as you are taken back to a simpler lifestyle and come across smiling people, lost in the bliss of the breathtaking surroundings.
Sri Lanka is one of the best places to watch blue whales and sperm whales. Between the months of September and April, Roman Lake will arrange whale watching expeditions from the Mirissa Harbour, a 75 minute drive from the resort. The seas off Mirissa provide one of the best places to watch whales because of the proximity of the continental shelf to the coastline. Leave the resort at dawn and return for a late lunch. In between catch the ‘Big Blue’ and the sperm whales. Dozens of dancing dolphins on the way to the whales provide a splendid aperitif.
The 400 year old Galle Fort, a UNESCO world heritage site, is 30 minutes away. Walk the ramparts of this Portuguese Fort (restored by the Dutch in the 17th century), savour Galle’s special cuisine, and chat with the multi- ethnic residents of the Fort as they share tales of romance, intrigue, politics and natural disasters. The port of Galle itself has a long and rich trading history that stretches even beyond Portuguese times and finds a place in Ptolemy’s world map of 125 – 150 AD.
Within the Fort are heritage monuments including the Dutch Reformed Church; the National Maritime Museum near the Old Gate; the Great Warehouse built around 1669 to store spices, ship equipment and other materials; the Meera Mosque built in 1904; a Buddhist temple built at the site of a Portuguese Roman Catholic church; the All Saints Anglican Church built in 1871; and the Clock Tower dated 1707. Fifteen minutes south of Galle is the bay and beach of Unwatuna that provides unrivalled sea bathing between the months of September and April.
The Maduganga lagoon is located in the Galle District in Sri Lanka’s southern province. It is rich in fauna and flora and is the site of one of the last remaining pristine mangrove forests in Sri Lanka. Approximately 700 hectares of water mingle with 15 islands to create a unique and unspoiled space and one of the country’s best kept secrets. In 2003 it was declared a protected wetland under the Ramsar Convention.
The Maduganga is fed by three streams: the Boralessa Ela, the Heen Ela and the Magala Ela. A smaller lake, the Randombe Lake, connects to the Maduganga and the lagoon reaches the sea at Balapitiya through a narrow channel. At most times of the year the lagoon mouth is blocked by a natural sandbar. The lagoon is bordered by cinnamon plantations and the region produces about 20% of the country’s cinnamon. Several temples, mosques, and churches, some a few hundred years old and steeped in legend, dot the adjoining landscape. The most prominent Buddhist monument is the temple on the Kothduwa Island, with its ancient bo-tree, which according to legend, came from one of the 32 buds that sprang from the sacred bo-tree in Anuradhapura.