The best thing to do at Culture Resort is unwind and rejuvenate by the tranquil sea.
The resort is just 2 blocks away from the famous Polhena Beach,which is one of the safest beaches for snorkelling and swimming There is a thriving eco-system, and you can swim with Turtles and Tropical fish on the Polhena beach. The chance of swimming with a turtle remains high throughout the year.
The beach in front of the hotel is famous for recreational fishing. You can join the Local fishermen and can partake in fishing in front of our resort. We also can arrange, Crocodile watching at the Nilwala River and whale watching tour in Marissa
If you’re into diving, scuba diving trips can be arranged. For thrill-seekers,
there’s the option of surfing at Polhena surf spot(Mediha Beach) or SK Town, known for its waves. The Madiha surfing spot is only 1km from the hotel and (1km from the Culture Resort ).
SK Town is the main break on the Matara surf scene( 3km from the Hotel). It’s actually an upcoming spot amid the south-coast options anyhow since it offers a peaky beach break and some strong A-frame waves that aren’t all that common around this overly mellow length of shoreline.
Day Tours. ( We offer free bicycles for our guests)
The 18th century star fort was named “Redoute (Fort) van Eck” after Lubbert Jan Baron van Eck, the Dutch governor at the time. The decorated gate bears a date of 1763, the fort’s name, the Dutch coat of arms, and – within its lunette-shaped pediment – the insignia of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). A chain-operated drawbridge crosses the fort’s moat. It was built by the Dutch in 1706., the date however etched above the entrance, 1767, refers to the reconstruction of the church by the Dutch following the Matara Freedom Fight.
Mirissa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka. It is approximately 6 kilometers from the hotel. Mirissa beach and its nightlife make it a popular tourist destination. It is also a fishing port and one of the island’s main whale and dolphin-watching locations.
Coconut Tree Hill is a lateritic headland in Mirissa, Sri Lanka located adjacent to the Indian Ocean. It is a popular tourist destination in the country and is located at a headland with a coconut plantation. Coconut Tree Hill is one of the most Instagrammed locations in Sri Lanka.The hill has been recommended as a place to observe the sunrise for tourists. The hill is located on the Mirissa beach which is contiguous to Weligama across the Weligama bay. Mirissa beach has been described as one of the “secret beaches” in the world.
Dondra Head lighthouse is a lighthouse located on Dondra Head near the southernmost point of Sri Lanka. This is the tallest lighthouse in Sri Lanka and also one of the tallest in Southeast Asia. The lighthouse is near the village of Dondra and is approximately 6 km from the Hotel . The name Dondra is a synonym for “Devinuwara” in the local Sinhala language, “Devi” meaning “Gods” and “Nuwara” meaning “City”. Dondra is therefore derived to mean “City of the Gods”.
Sir James Nicholas Douglass designed Dondra Head Lighthouse with construction by William Douglass of the Imperial Lighthouse Service, commencing in November 1887. All the building materials including the bricks and steel were imported from England. The granite rock was supplied from quarries at Dalbeattie in Scotland and Penryn in Cornwall.
The lighthouse was completed and commissioned in March 1890.
Bodhisattva Buddha Avalokiteshvara (Weligama)The 3m (10ft) tall Bodhisattva is sculpted in bas-relief within a hillside niche. Avalokiteshvara is identified by his typical iconography and details of costume, including the seated Buddha in his crown. Signage dates the figure to the 6th century AD; other proposed dates have run as late as the
8th-9th centuries. Weligama is only 6 Km away from the Culture Resort.
Galle is a major tourist attraction situated on the south coast. It is a 15 minute drive on the southern expressway from the Culture Resort. Galle was known as Gimhathiththa before the arrival of the Portuguese in the
16th century when it was the main port on the island. The Galle Fort is a world heritage site and is the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers.
Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, during the Dutch Colonial Period. Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by the Portuguese in South and Southeast Asia, showing the interaction between Portuguese Architectural styles and native traditions. The city was extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards.
Other prominent landmarks in Galle include the Cities, Natural Harbour, the National Maritime Museum, and St Mary’s Cathedral, Founded by Jesuit priests one of the main Shiva Temple of the island. Galle is home to a cricket ground, which is considered to be one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world.
Important natural geographical features in Galle include Rumassala in Unawatuna a large mound-like hill, which forms the eastern protective barrier to the Galle harbour. Local tradition associates this hill with some events of Ramayana one of the great Hindu epics.( It is said that the Roomassala area has the lowest gravitational pull in the world). A day trip to Galle is highly recommended in your itinerary.
Live up to your inner explorer! Udawalawe National Park is one of the best place to see elephants. Travel through the vast savanna, viewing the favorite creatures of wildlife enthusiasts and trek through the thick forests. This safari would also be an unforgettable elephant-watching experience.
Duration: More than 3 hours.
Udawalawa National Park is about 2 hours drive through beautiful countryside.
We can arrange transport and safari jeeps.
You also can visit the elephant transition home at Udawalawa.
More information- Trip Adviser
We can arrange day trips from the Culture Resort. Safari tours start at dawn and dusk.
If you stay in the hotel you can leave after lunch and be back at the hotel for dinner
Yala National Park is a huge area of forest, grassland, and lagoons bordering the Indian Ocean, in southeast Sri Lanka. It’s home to wildlife such as leopards, elephants and crocodiles, as well as hundreds of bird species. Inland, Sithulpawwa is an ancient Buddhist monastery. Nearby caves contain centuries-old rock paintings. Southwest, Magul Maha Viharaya also has ancient Buddhist ruins. Both are pilgrimage sites.It is home to Panthera padres kotiya,a majestic leopard endemic to Sri Lanka. But among the glorious spectacle of wildlife, you’d also witness the tell tale signs of lost civilization. The monastic settlement of Sithulpawwa, an important pilgrim site said to have housed 12000 inhabitants seeking solace, some 2000 years ago.
Culture Resort can arrange an afternoon Yale Safari from the hotel
Guests can leave the hotel after lunch. It is a 90-minute drive to the Park.
Afternoon safari jeep will be ready for you at the entrance of the park.