Polhena Beach, Matara

3.3
#7 of 20 in Outdoors in Matara
Snorkel through 4 km (2.5 mi) of heavenly coral reef at Polhena Beach. You'll see an abundance of tropical fish and sea turtles as you move through the shallow water and beyond to the reef. The sea's gradual increase in depth leaves plenty of shallows for the kids to splash around in, while you make your way out towards the reef. Enjoy the music and frivolity of local visitors to the beach, which also provides a parking lot and restaurants, where you can rest from the sun's rays and grab a bite. Arrange to visit Polhena Beach and other attractions in Matara using our Matara trip builder app .
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  • Very nice beach in Matara. Its good to chill. If you are lucky you can see the sea turtles. Weekends may crowd with locals.  more »
  • A nice place to play as well as to swim. No need to fear because always life guards were there. There were lots of corals. Want to visit again there.  more »
  • A nice change from some of the busier, more touristy beaches if you are looking for some relaxed chill time! Stunning.  more »

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Where to stay in Matara

A couple of hotels stand close to the train station in Matara, as well as some guesthouses located on the side streets of the Fort district. But the greatest diversity of accommodations lies down by the coast. Matara Beach has some hotels and guesthouses right on the waterfront, while Polhena Beach to the west adds sprawling resorts into the mix, as well as homestays, high-rise hotels, and eco-lodges.
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