Koggala is located km south of Colombo in the Southern coastal belt of Sri Lanka. Koggala can be reached by Colombo-Galle-Matara main motor road (A2) as well as by Southern coastal railway line from Colombo to Matara. Koggala, a village with a stunning tropical beach, is enriched with an ecological haven: the scenic Kogglala Lake next to the road. The Koggala Lake is with a cluster of small islands within it provides ample opportunities for bird watching at the sun set for those leisure tourists who have enjoyed at the Koggala beach. Surrounding the lake are several spice gardens.
Koggala's Martin Wickramasinghe Museum of Folk Culture off the road presents a rare collection of tools, utensils instruments that was utilized in the Sinhalese industries and agriculture as well as in folk art, folk medicine and costumes. Purwarama Temple at Kataluwa, 5km East of Koggala the Kataluwa Purwarama Temple is famous for its murals depicting the stories from the previous births of Buddha. Handunugoda Tea Estate located 4km inland from Kataluwa, Koggala is one of the few tea plantations in the low country that produces tea of high quality as the Central Highlands of 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.