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Hambantota

Hambantota is a fast developing town in Hambantota District in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka, located 240 km from Colombo city. With the recently opened sea port and international cricket stadium and a number of other major development projects well underway such as an international airport and government offices, Hambantota is on the fast track to becoming one of Sri Lanka's future metro cities. The ultimate goal for Hambantota is to create an international business, investment and transportation hub whilst conserving the natural, historical and cultural resources of the area.

There is much to look forward to in Hambantota! The sea port here has a massive natural harbour which serves as an ideal resting point for ships on the busy shipping route between Asia and Europe. The International Airport which is still under construction will bring about a tremendous boost of tourism to the southern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka. A must visit here is Sri Lanka's first dry zone Botanical Garden, established in Mirijjawila. Here visitors can see ornamental and commercial flower cultivations and learn about conservation of dwindling trees and shrubs in the region with a focus on eco tourism promotion. Hambantota is also famous for salt pans - it is the heart of salt production in the island. Tourists will be able to see expansive salt pans stretching along the coastal line for many kilometres.

Other must see attractions in Hambantota include Situlpawwa Temple - described as one of the greatest 2nd century sites of Buddhist scholarship. This is a gorgeous cave temple located in front of the massive Maha Sithulpawwa rock, with a dagoba situated on top. There are inscriptions and fragments of paintings on the walls of the caves, supplying valuable information of ancient life in Sri Lanka. The Bundala National Park, a wildlife sanctuary situated near the coast of Hambantota is an excellent destination for nature enthusiasts.

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