About Kirinda

Location: Kirinda is located 251 km south of Colombo, in the southern province of Sri Lanka.

Reaching Kirinda: Kirinda, whose location could perhaps be described as the furthermost corner of the Southern coast, can be reached from Tissmaharama: the travel distance is 13 km.

Setting: Kirinda is a small fishing village with beautiful rocky beach that affords views of off-shore reefs called Great Basses and Little Basses positioned, 8.5 and 26 nautical miles respectively from the Kirinda beach.

The Basses offers the best snorkeling and diving in Sri Lanka. To the land side, the views from the rocky outcrop at the beach are even more spectacular:along the beach is long stretch of sand dunes along the beach; to the interior, looming over the landscape is the glistening dome of Tissamaharama Dagoba.

Local tourists at Kirinda: As Ruhuna Yala National Park has become the convenient wildlife safari for the local pilgrims at Kataragama and Tissamaharama, Kirinda has doubled the joy by being, at once, a beach venue as well as a popular historical attraction.

Kirinda in History: Kirinda is deeply associated with the history of Sri Lanka. It is the beach where a princess from Ruhuna was swept in following a phenomenon which threatened to sink the whole island. The princess who sacrificed herself to the sea, to appease the angry gods and save her land, went on the become Queen Vihara Maha Devi, mother of "The hero of the Nation", King Dutugamunu, who rescued the nation from the marauding invaders from the southern India.

A modern statue of hers is erected on a rocky outcrop at the beach of Kirinda.

Excursion boat ride: Kirinda affords an opportunity to for boat rides to visit the famous lighthouses erected on almost submerged Great Basses and Little Basses.

Diving at Kirinda: To the experienced divers, Kirinda is an exhilarating diving location. The best period for diving is during Middle of March to middle of April, of course a very narrow period.

The off-shore reefs called Basses offers the best snorkeling and diving in Sri Lanka during the Period from October to April. Several shipwrecks are to be found here.

Accommodation at Kirinda: Kirinda is home to a several high-end hotels as well as budget guest houses to those tourists who enjoyed the visit to Yala National Park, Tissamharama and Kataragama.

About Kirinda District

Hambantota is a rural town in southeastern coastal area of Sri Lanka. It is also the capital of the Hambantota District in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. Approximately 240 kms from Colombo, Hambantota is in the midst of transformation into a strategic port and commercial centre, undergoing extensive infrastructure development. Flanked by sweeping sandy beaches, Hambantota is a convenient location from which to visit nearby sights.

The Bundala National Park lays 20 km east of Hambantota and the Wirawila Sanctuary a little further off. The Ruhuna National Park and the Kataragama Temple are other attractions that can be accessed easily from this city.

About Central Province

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.