Tourist information about Matara
General information about Matara
Matara (Matara) – the largest city in the South of Sri Lanka, the capital of the eponymous district (Matara on the map of Sri Lanka). The city is a popular tourist destination, and there are no beaches, however it is important for tourists and travelers, because there are several popular beaches and resort areas (Mirissa, Weligama, Tangalle, dikwella South), as well as Matara is the base city with a developed infrastructure, shops (including alcohol stalls), banks, hospitals and authorities. Another important Matara is a major transport center through which tourists often have to travel to southern resorts. Oh and here are a few interesting sights. Rarely any tourists stay in Matara for a long time, but the possibilities are there: several hotels scattered around the city, there are shops and markets, cafes and restaurants abound.
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Beaches in Matara read and what not. City beach Beach Matara (Mathara also Beach), located in the heart of the city, relatively kupelny, but tourists in the water will not see here. Even the local swimming here is very rare. In the West of the city is Polhena beach (Polhena Beach), which, though quite beautiful, for European tourists is not suitable. On Polhena a lot of locals, especially on weekends; the beach is not very clean; many molested, for which the appearance on the beach, European women in the open swimsuit is a Grand event with all the ensuing consequences. Infrastructure there is no, so boring stay within the walls of the hotel is provided. In the East of the city is another beach – Medavita (Meddawata), suitable for surfing.
Attractions in the city of Matara is not a lot, but if you will relax on one of the southern beaches of Sri Lanka, then rolled up in a tuk-tuk or bus to Matara to see here several interesting places, definitely worth it. Which is good, sights are next to each other in the center, and around them on foot, arriving in the city to the bus station or railway station.
The most famous attraction in Matara is a Church on the island, Parey Dewa. The island is located in the heart of the city, opposite the bus station, about 100 metres from the shore. You can get on it on the bridge. The island is interesting Buddhist complex. Entrance is free, but must be removed at the entrance to the island of footwear for which storage you will require donations at the exit.
Here, in the center, on the beach, is the old Dutch fortress. It's almost the whole area of the city surrounded by fortified walls, built in the 18th century. The entrance to the fortress is free.
Another nearby Dutch Fort is a Star Fort. It really is made in the form of a star if viewed from above. He is very tiny, and was intended to protect the elite. Built in 1765. The Fort is considered to be the archaeological Museum, and is open from 8:00 to 16:30, closed on Thursdays.
Another attraction, which is traditionally referred to Matara, in fact it is a separate town – Dondra. The Cape and the lighthouse, the southernmost point of the island. Read more about Dondra here.
How to get to Matara
Upon arrival at Colombo airport here it is easiest to reach by taxi, cost about 120 dollars, in the way a little more than 3 hours. But most tourists get here by public transport, since Matar is a major transportation center in the South, and through it access to other southern resorts with change.
In Matara is the Terminus of the southern railway line from Colombo (railway station Matara on the map). No far from it there is a big bus station (bus station Matara on the map). Between the two stations can be navigated on foot (20 minutes), and that's why the station is often used to change from train to bus to get through the Matara train in Mirissa, Tangalle or dikwella South. The tuk-tuk between stations will cost 100-200 rupees.
By the way, here there is the traditional divorce tuk-tuks. They arrived to catch the train tourists and advise not to go to the bus station, because it is very far away, and to stop the Express. And while the hapless tourists to stop expecting non-existent non-existent bus, tuk-tuks bred them on a expensive trip by tuk-tuk and recommend hotels "brother".
So, to reach Matara from Colombo airport by bus, first have to get to the bus station in Colombo by bus No. 187 (as, like here), and then transfer to a direct bus # 2 to Matara. To go in the amount of almost eight hours, but at the cost of the trip will cost a little more than 400 rupees (refer to the currency of Sri Lanka, the exchange rate).
Also in Matara can be reached by bus from Galle, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Mirissa and so on on the same bus No. 2 or other associated routes. Frequent bus routes also connect with Donjoy Matara, Dikwella, Tangalle. There are flights from Nuwara Eliya, Ratnapura, Badulla, and even from Anuradhapura and Trincomalee.
By rail to Matara can be reached from Colombo. The train route goes through all the main resorts of the South and southwest. There is also a once daily direct train from Kandy. The schedule is available here https://www.eservices.railway.gov.lk.