A small coastal town 135 kms south of Colombo and 16 kms south of Galle, Koggala is a popular yet uncrowded tourist attraction. The beach the longest in Sri Lanka, the lake and the folk museum are some of the attractions in Koggala. The endless pristine sandy beach which is less crowded and where you could do sunbathing, surfing etc., will undoubtedly make your holiday wonderful. Koggala is an ideal place either for a relaxing holiday or an adventurous holiday. Hotels area around offer you all the facilities for your vacation.
The longest in Sri Lanka, the Koggala beach is a very attractive tropical sandy beach which is good for windsurfing. The road passes a domestic airport and nearby is a small turtle hatchery.
Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum
The house of Martin Wickremasinghe, one of the greatest novelists of Sri Lanka, has now turned to be a folk museum. Surrounded by a restored ecosystem comprising of hundreds of varieties of indigenous trees and shrubs in which birdlife abounds, this folk museum is essentially a repository of artifacts depicting the history of Sri Lankan folk culture, from ancient to modern times in order to remind the people of Sri Lanka of their living roots.
The museum consists of a number of artifacts, from Buddhist artifacts to those which portray the development of rural technology in agriculture, agro industry, fishing, pottery and metal craft artifacts, various artifacts from folk dances and religious ceremonies and many others. Tastefully presented, the museum offers visitors rare insights into Sri Lankan folk culture.
(Open daily 0830hrs-1800hrs).
Koggala Airport, the inception of which dates back to the second world, is a domestic airport operated by the Sri Lanka Air Force. The current runway is capable of handling domestic aircraft like the Dash-8 and ATR-72. The Government of Sri Lanka has planned to upgrade the Koggala airport to international standards as an alternative airport to the Bandaranaike International Airport.
Catalina Grill Restaurant
Housed in an Avro Aircraft on the seafront at Sri Lanka Air Force Unit in Koggala, Catalina Grill Restaurant is a unique restaurant in Sri Lanka. The restaurant that serves delicious food & drinks, could accommodate 30 guests at a time. The alluring environment together with pipe music provided at the restaurant attracts many holidaymakers.
Koggala Lake & Its Surroundings
Koggala Lake together with its surroundings is one of the popular attractions in Koggala. The Lake is replete with small islands that abound with mangrove swamps and birds like herons. Among these islands is the famous island 'Madol Duva'. Boat rides are available and you a have a ride across the lake and explore these beautiful small islands in the lake and watch birds.