Polhena Beach, Matara

3.2
#8 of 14 in Beaches in Southern Province
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. Make Polhena Beach a part of your Matara vacation plans using our Matara trip itinerary maker.
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  • July 15, 2017
    Most of the locals than tourists Inn Beach. So it's a good beach. They had two young children and families being able to borrow a tube of this true. A good beach for swimming. Sri Lanka people very friendly and a lot of people go to the beach, everybody will have a good smile, raise heh
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  • July 6, 2017
    This is very safe beach in south coast. Polhena beach is a very beautiful and a safe place to have a bath. Water is very clear and cleen.  more »
  • June 26, 2017
    We had a sea swim at Polhena beach. It was very refreshing. The beach was not crowded. The water was heavenly. We also had a surprise when a PAPARE band came to the beach and entertained everyone pres...  more »

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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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