Hambantota is arguably Sri Lanka’s best kept secret, this tiny port town invites travellers to experience the island’s natural beauty and wildlife.
This gorgeous destination boasts practically untouched golden beaches, expansive salt plains, rugged cliffs and rocky outcrops, and a lush jungle teeming with wildlife. If all of that isn’t enough, we recommend staying at the incredible Shangri-La Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa and teeing off at Sri Lanka’s first and only resort golf course. The resort overlooks the stunning ocean and is also home to a sensational spa.
Hambantota is also just under a hour away from Yala National Park, a truly remarkable park which boasts over 300,000 acres of land and is home to a huge number of wildlife including the world’s largest gathering of leopards. Embark on thrilling sunrise and sunset jeep safaris and discover untouched beaches at this stunning national park.
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Hambantota’s warmest weather occurs between May and July, making this a great time to visit. However, even when it’s raining, Sri Lanka is still a fantastic place to visit as the rain can often stop pretty quickly and the bright sunshine returns almost immiedately after.
Newlyweds will love escaping the bustle of Sri Lanka’s busy cities for some peace and romance in Hambantota. The Shangri-La promises spectacular views of the ocean and the rocky cliffs. Relax and soak up the sun together along the secluded golden beach, indulge in mouth-watering Sri Lankan dishes and opt for couples treatments at Shangri-La’s exceptional spa; the possibilities are endless.
Couples looking for an unforgettable Sri Lanka luxury holiday will love visiting Hambantota. After visiting the Cultural Triangle and the Hill Country, we recommend tagging on a stay at Hambantota for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. This beautiful destination boasts stunning rocky cliffs, secluded powdery sands, a huge golf course and a couple of hidden temples just waiting to be discovered. Soak up the sun or venture to neighbouring Yala for a safari adventure, the choice is yours!
Those hoping to plan the perfect Sri Lanka family holiday will love stopping by Hambantota. This naturally beautiful destination is sure to dazzle all members of the family, and provides a great landscape for hiking and trekking. Families will also love visiting nearby Yala National Park for a thrilling safari adventure, which will get you up close to leopards, elephants and more! Stay at the Shangri-La and the kids will get to enjoy a 7-metre trapeze, an outdoor water park and three huge swimming pools.
The Shangri-La Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa is home to one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the whole of Sri Lanka.
From beach-side surroundings to challenging terrains, this course will satisfy every golf aficionado of every level. Set in acres upon acres of swaying palms, imagine the thrill of teeing up while listening soothing sound of waves or the warm breeze whistling through the palms. Whether you’re a golfing enthusiast or a budding beginner, this course is bound to challenge and entertain you.
Yala National Park is located in the southeast of Sri Lanka, and is home to the largest collective of leopards in the world.
Just under 1 hour away, Yala boasts over 321,000 acres of land comprised of various different landscapes, it has an incredibly diverse range of wildlife. Explore the labyrinth of jungles, lagoons and sand dunes, and you’ll be rewarded with awe-inspiring sights. Spotted dear, sloth bears, crocodiles, owls and a wondrous array of reptiles and insects, to name just a few, all await visitors here. Hop in a jeep for an exhilarating safari, head to the secluded virgin beaches and watch the rolling waves or opt for an overnight stay at one of the beautiful luxury camps; the choice is yours.
Learn about traditional Sri Lankan handicraft and artisanal skills at Shangri-La’s village.
The Village is a homage to Sri Lankan local art, design and handicrafts, and it offers visitors a chance to support artists by purchasing unique one-off pieces to commemorate their time at the Shangri-La. The village also offers many workshops that invite guests to learn a new skill including mask-making, painting, pottery-making and more.
Hambantota boasts a beautiful natural landscapes of forests, jungles, sandy shores and rugged cliff faces; and the best way to see it all is by mountain bike.
The Shangri-La are more than happy to offer guests mountain bikes so that they can fully explore that beautiful destination they call home. All members of the family will love this thrilling and fun activity, and if biking isn’t your style, the area is also great to explore by foot!
Hambantota’s relatively unknown setting has greatly benefitted the secluded coastline it sits alongside, which offers pristine golden sands and views of the stunning rocky cliffs.
Soak up the sun in privacy or take a stroll along the shores and take in the view; the choice is yours. Hambantota’s beach is one of Sri Lanka’s best kept secrets, and it’s natural beauty is really worth the journey.
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Best Time To Travel:
December - April
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