Following the tragic church bombings in the nation’s capital Colombo last April, interest in visiting Sri Lanka is slowly starting to rise again, and the country is eager and ready to welcome tourists back. Now is actually the best time to explore Sri Lanka as the crowds are few and prices are low. For those who seek adventure, the southern coast of the island nation offers a plethora of offerings, among them stunning beaches, wildlife, a chill vibe, and great food.
The best way to get to know the area is to board the coastal line train from Colombo and head south to Galle. From Galle, work your way down to rustic southern corners in Hambantota. Along the coastline, you will surf, hike, and explore the national parks — and, of course, swing in a hammock with a chilled thambili, or king coconut. Here are the best things do on Sri Lanka’s southern coast.