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Hambantota's Top 5

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81/2 sella rd, Kataragama 91400, Sri Lanka

An hour's drive north of Hambantota is Yala National Park, Sri Lanka's second-largest nature reserve, where visitors flock to catch a glimpse of one of the elusive leopards that prowl among its jungles, bush and rocky outcrops....

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Mulgirigala, Sri Lanka

This collection of seven cave temples set on a mountain amid a tangle of jungle and coconut palms has been a place of pilgrimage since the 3rd century B.C.E. Reached by a series of paths that access five different terraces, the...

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Ulgala Number Two, Sri Lanka

Uda Walawe's star attraction is its large herds of elephants that roam among its grasslands, forests and marshes. Don't miss the chance to see the Elephant Transit Home, supported by the Born Free Foundation, where orphaned elephants are...

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Tissamaharama Rd, Weligatta 82004, Sri Lanka

Just east of Hambantota, Bundala National Park is a far smaller, far closer alternative to the sprawling Yala and Uda Walawe parks. Within the 20-kilometer (12-mile) swath of coastline, scrubby jungle, salt flats and...

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Tangalle Beach, Tangalle, Sri Lanka

Tangalle Beach (also called Tangalla) encapsulates all that is alluring about this part of Sri Lanka: An unspoiled stretch of sand and a constant crash of waves make the area popular with both sunseekers and surfers....