Ahanagama is located 141 km south Colombo, in the southern coastal belt half way between Galle and Matara.
Ahanagama can be reached by Colombo-Galle-Matara main motor road (A2) as well as by the southern railway line.
Ahanagama is home to beautiful beaches and some of the best surf spots on the island. The surfing season at Ahanagama beach begins in November to last until April. The beaches between Ahangama and Galle provide several surf spots of fine, consistent surf.
Stilt fishing at Ahanagama Beach
Ahanagama beach is famous for stilt fishing: anglers sitting on a wedge of wood fixed onto pole struck into the sea-bed of the beach. Strings of anglers thus precariously seated could only be seen in the south western and southern coasts of Sri Lanka: a unique tradition of fishing in Sri Lanka.
Galle is a city situated on the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka, 119 km from Colombo. Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in south and Southeast Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and south Asian traditions. The Galle fort is a world heritage site and the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers.
Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in south and Southeast Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and south Asian traditions. The Galle fort is a world heritage site and the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers.
Galle is a sizeable town, by Sri Lankan standards, and has a population of 91,000, the majority of whom are of Sinhalese ethnicity. There is also a large Sri Lankan Moor minority, particularly in the fort area, which descend from Arab merchants that settled in the ancient port of Galle.
The Southern Province of Sri Lanka is a small geographic area consisting of the districts of Galle, Matara and Hambantota. Subsistence farming and fishing is the main source of income for the vast majority of the people of this region.
Important landmarks of the Southern Province include the wildlife sanctuaries of the Yala and Udawalawe National Parks, the holy city of Kataragama, and the ancient cities of Tissamaharama, Kirinda and Galle. (Although Galle is an ancient city, almost nothing survives from before the Portuguese invasion.) During the Portuguese period there were two famous Sinhalese poets called Andare who was from Dickwella and Gajaman Nona who was from Denipitiya in Matara District, composing poems on common man.