Explore Sri Lanka. Talalla Excursions.
Excursions by vehicle or tuk tuk can be arranged at reception who can advise the appropriate quote for the trip. Prices for day trips vary, however, be assured that all our drivers are fair and comparable. Some of our recommendations are as follows:
Blue Whales Excursion From Dondra
It has been said that the south coast of Sri Lanka is one of the best sites in the world for seeing Blue and Sperm whales. Guests leave at 5:30 am to go to Mirissa to take a boat which will track the path of the whales. Boats seldom go out during monsoon season.
Distance from Talalla 11km Dondra Head is the most southerly point of Sri Lanka. With its 160 feet high lighthouse, it is the highest lighthouse of southern Asia. The lighthouse is located in a beautiful tropical garden and is the site of one of the most unforgettable sunsets.
Dondra Lighthouse Boat Trip
Return boat trips to Dondra lighthouse are available on request.
Distance from Talalla 10km The shrine was dedicated to Hindu god Vishnu at Devinuwara and is a very popular attraction. The temple is the major event site of an annual festival held in July/August.
Handunugoda Tea Plantation
Handunugoda makes very small quantities of the choicest teas, winning international recognition. While Handunugoda produces the famous ‘Virgin White Tea’, a tea untouched by human hands. The tea factory is a living and working museum with machines used 140 years ago to produce tea. Idle Bikes, Boats, Curries and Tea Experience exceptional outings into the lush countryside around Galle by bicycle or canoe. Meander through the countryside and have a fun bullock cart ride to and from a nearby ancient temple. A lunch of traditional rice and curry tops the day out at scenic Samakanda or enjoy an afternoon picnic of tea and cakes in the lush surrounds of the paddy fields.
Mulkirigala Vihara Rock Temple
Distance to Talalla 82 km One of Sri Lankas oldest holy sites visited by several thousands of pilgrims annually. The different levels of caves with both reclining and sitting buddhas and ancient paintings depicting Buddhist philosophy are awe inspiring and some of the best in Sri Lanka.
Distance from Talalla 13km Polhena is a beautiful beach in the southern coastal belt of Sri Lanka where travellers can enjoy safe swimming and snorkeling on the coral reefs.
The Blow Hole
Distance from Talalla 16km The Blow Hole of Hummanaya in Mawella, Dickwella is an astonishing natural phenomenon. During the monsoon season the incoming water creates spray fountains up to 40 or 50 feet high. Entrance is 200 LKR
Uda Walawe National Park
Distance from Talalla 78km The Uda Walawe National Park comprises approximately 30.000 hectares of very dry vegetation. The park is located within the Ratnapura and Monaragala District which serve as a catchment area to the Uda Walawe Reservoir.
Distance from Talalla 12km The 39m high Buddha was painted with very bright colors to attract positive energy. The temple site, much of which is underground, tells hundreds of ancient stories. There you can also see the shrine room in which the walls are decorated with the murals depicting Buddha’s life.
Distance from Talalla 13km Wewurukannala Vihara is one of the most amazing Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. The temple is dominated by the image of a seated Buddha. At 160 feet high, it is the highest statue of Sri Lanka, dating back to the time of King Rajadhi (1782-1798).
Yala National Park
Distance from Talalla 90 km Yala National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s premier tourist destinations. Guests need to leave Talalla at 3:30 am to make the most of the animal sightings as they come to get water and feed in the early morning hours. Leopards are regularly sighted along with elephants, hyenas, monkeys and an abundance of birdlife.
Cities of Interest:
Distance from Talalla 12km Matara is a coastal city located about 160 km south of Colombo. Matara offers a nice stretch of beach for swimming and sunset strolling and has fabulous fruit and vegetable markets on Sundays.
Distance from Talalla 56km The World Heritage listed old Dutch fort of Galle covers a total of 36 hectares and its winding streets and laneways are layered with an ancient and rich history. In Galle you will still find the Dutch pillo lace and fine ebony carving and gempolishing. Today, Galle is the bustling provincial capital and administrative centre of the south.
Handunugoda Tea Plantation & Galle
Meander through the lush Sri Lankan countryside, taking in the sights of the rice paddies and village life along the way to Handunugoda Tea Plantation. Enjoy a lovely cup of organic tea of your choice and a delicious slice of homemade cake, after an informative tour through this traditionally preserved working tea plantation. Then on to the interesting Galle Forte for a meander through lanes and streets that are thick with a fascinating and diverse history. If you wish, you can stop on your way home at one of the excellent restaurants in Thalpe and enjoy a sunset cocktail.
Mulkirigala Vihara Rock Temple & The Blow Hole
Journey through the beautiful countryside just west of Dickwella and arrive at the astonishing ancient Vihara of Mulkirigala. At each cave level – there are 6 – you will be astonished at not only the feat of building such a site so long ago, but the incredible paintings that line the walls of the caves from top to bottom. On the return journey, you can visit the blow hole, to experience one of nature’s phenomenons with water that can spout up to 40 or 50 feet high as it rushes in to the perfectly carved blow hole.
Uda Walawe National Park & Yala National Park
We can pack a breakfast picnic for your journey that leaves Talalla at 3:30 am to arrive at either national park just as the animals are beginning to come down to the water holes for feeding and drinking. You will experience elephants, monkeys, hyenas and many other interesting creatures. If you are lucky you will see the leopards which are often found languorously lying in the branches of an overhead tree.
About Sri Lanka.
Golden beaches, green rice fields, majestic mountains, tropical forests, ancient ruins, an amazing diversity of flora and fauna and a fascinating tapestry of culture, customs and history – all of this in a packed of teardrop shaped bundle below the Indian subcontinent in the Indian Ocean Sri Lanka is a nation of ever smiling people, with the life of the majority of Sri Lankans influenced by the compassionate teachings of the Buddha. A multi-ethnic, multi-religious country with a diverse and rich culture, today the country boasts a total population of approximately 21 million. English is widely spoken and studied as a compulsory secondary language in school. Sri Lanka’s Per Capita GDP is roughly US$ 900 – the
highest in South Asia and the Literacy rate is 92% – the highest in South Asia and second highest in Asia.
When to visit.
Sri Lanka’s tropical climate is celebrated for its never ending sunny days, though the weather doesn’t follow strict rules and whilst there are monsoonal seasons that are traditionally avoided by tourists others believe this is often the best time to visit. In the coastal regions the heat is tempered by the sea breezes and the short afternoon rains provide a brief yet welcome daily cleanse. Out-of-season travel also has the advantages of less crowds, and cheaper air fares and accommodation rates. So there is never a bad time to visit.
Getting to Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is easily accessible by air to Colombo’s International Airport. An affordable taxi transfer can be easily organized from Colombo to take guests to Talalla by way of a scenic 4 hour coastal drive.