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Polhena Beach, Matara

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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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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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  • safe place but there's a dangerous wave in the middle so its safe and sound not to go deeper. nice place. just rented a rubber tube from a women and floated around like a king  more »
  • Must see location, but be ready for the crowds as this is a public area which can be accessed free. Ideally early morning and sunset would be the best times  more »
  • The shallow sea and clean beach very good for kids activities and anyone can see turtles,colour fish very close to the beach.  more »