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Trip Planner Asia  /  Sri Lanka  /  Southern Province  /  Matara
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Things to do: adventure, beaches, religious sites


A commercial capital in the south, Matara offers a real taste of Sri Lanka, which the southern coast's beach resorts often lack. Busy, modernizing, and with a youthful feel boosted by a community of university students, the town makes few direct concessions to tourism--part of its appeal to many international visitors. Colonial-era churches and fortifications provide the main historic attractions of Matara, but it's the lively urban bustle and the authentic Sri Lankan cuisine found on the streets that make Matara memorable. When using our Sri Lanka tour planner to make an itinerary online, Matara holidays come together around your tastes, interests, and requirements, with us taking care of the logistics.
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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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