Balapitiya Sri Lanka
Travel & Accommodation Guide
A 45 min drive south from Colombo, either along the costal road or by train, you'll find Balapitiya, a small, picturesque village with golden soft beaches.
A great destination for those who are looking for the "real Sri Lanka", away from the main-stream tourist resorts.
While Balapitiya still seems "untouched" by mass tourism its only a short drive away from Bentota, one of Sri Lanka's major beach resorts.
To the south is Ambalangoda, famous for its mask carving, the surfers paradise of Hikkaduwa and the historical city of Galle are within easy reach.
Balapitiya is traditionally a fishing village and you can see the scattered small fishing hamlets bordering the beach.
Fishing trips and/or river safaris can easily be arranged.
Sweet water lagoons and the Maadu river with their amazing flora and fauna are making Balapitiya also attractive for ECO tourists and bird watchers.
An important administrative site from the time of the British era, Balapitiya has many mansions and estates which are now converted into boutique villas and hotels.
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