Matara is full of natural scenic beauty, which is a definite attraction to any visitor. The sea frontage to Matara city gives a glamorous look with a beach which extends to about half a Kilo Meter in distance. When compared to other beaches this beach is full of various kinds of trees as shades. River Nilwala is the third longest river in Sri Lanka which runs through the city & falls into the sea at Totamuna, which is also a part of the city. The Crow Island is a small island facing the beach and it is a spectacular sight with its greenery filled with trees.
It’s just 1.5 KM’s from this home to Polhena which is a sea bathing spot situated in the city limits of Matara. The reef, which encircles this spot, provides protection, because the water level within this area is shallow. There is a natural reef with lots of corals.Right in front of this spot there are Hotels, catering all varieties of food. The sea is inviting, and the beaches extensive, wide and unpolluted. Plenty of scope for fishing, diving, and sea and sun sport.
The Dutch Fort- the Dutch Fort rampart is a spectacular sight for anyone who visit Matara city.
It extends from the river Nilwala to the Beach Road, which is by the sea side. The top of the rampart which is paved with grass is a quite safe place for those who can have a view of the town. The whole area is maintained and remains unchanged even today with its pristine glory of the Dutch rulers.
Weherahena Temple - Weherahena Temple is the most famous Religious Temple in Matara with a massive 25 meter Buddha statue as well as lovely underground tempel paintings.
Bird Sanctuary at Kiralakele - Kirala Kelle, as the Sinhalese name implies, is a ‘mangrove forest’ covering an area of 1,800 hectare, just 3 km from Matara. It is comprised of marshlands, irrigation cannels, and mangrove habitats. Wetland birds are the most prominent animals of Kirala kelle. One hundred and three bird species were recorded fom Kirala kele, of which 48 are wetland birds.