Hidden Gems of Sri Lanka

This little island country is full of unexpected surprises. From a unique way of fishing with stilts to a Peace Pagoda established by Japanese Buddhist monks, Sri Lanka is full of interesting traditions and cultures. Here are five unexplored places in Sri Lanka for an exciting trip.

Thalpe Natural Pool

This simple, radiant beach is a peaceful getaway from the bustle of modern living. Relax and unwind on the beach as you hear the waves gently crash against the shore. Thalpe Natural pool gives you a relatively more private experience where you can take in these aesthetic visuals uninterrupted by the banter and presence of crowds. These rock pools have come into existence over time being carved out of coral reefs. This mesmerising unspoiled beach is home to a diverse marine life. One may find men perched riskily on stilts anchored into the sand dangling fishing lines over the water. This is the traditional art of stilt fishing practised by Sri Lankan fisherfolk. The dedication and skill of these fishermen make for a captivating sight.

Owl and the Pussycat Hotel in Galle - Fishermen in Sri lanka stilt fishing
Owl and the Pussycat Hotel in Galle - water gushing through a blowhole

Hummanaya Blowhole

Hummanaya Blowhole is one of the hidden gems in Sri Lanka. It is the only known blowhole in the island country and the second-largest blowhole in the world. It is formed when seawater gushes through a submerged cavern and moves upwards due to force. The water comes out of the rocky opening, making a “hoo” sound which is how the blowhole got its name. Spectators say that this phenomenon repeats itself every ten minutes or so. Some even compare the noise of the blowhole to that of whales. Visit this landmark to witness the sheer brilliance of nature.

Dondra Head Lighthouse

Dondra Head Lighthouse is lodged on the shore of the southernmost point in Sri Lanka. Situated on Dondra Head, the 49m tall structure is a piece of colonial history that has withstood the test of time. It was designed by Sir James Nicholas Douglass on November 1887. Made of materials imported from England, this lighthouse stands tall in a world completely different from that of its inception. Unironically, this lit-up lighthouse visible from miles across is one of the hidden places to visit in Sri Lanka. Do not miss the opportunity to visit Dondra Head and witness the quaint beauty of this beacon overlooking the waves.

Owl and the Pussycat Hotel in Galle - Dondra lighthouse overlooks the sea
Owl and the Pussycat Hotel in Galle - Japanese Peace Pagoda

Japanese Peace Pagoda

Just like the other Peace Pagodas around the world, The Japanese Peace Pagoda is a result of the efforts taken by the Japanese Buddhist Monk, Nichidatsu Fujii, to create structures that would symbolise peace. Also known as “Sama Ceitya,” this Japanese Peace Pagoda rests in the Unawatuna Rainforests at the Bay of Galle. Despite being a Peace Pagoda, it is one of the relatively secret places in Sri Lanka. This round building stands to exemplify harmony between people of all backgrounds. It was created during a time when the nation was fighting a crippling civil war. It is a truly underrated landmark in Sri Lanka, considering how it's relevant in today’s trying times.

Handunugoda Tea Estate

Lastly, the Handunugoda Tea Estate is another hidden gem in Sri Lanka. Located in the Galle district, this tea plantation is slowly getting popular among tourists for its unique manufacturing of virgin white tea and its use of old tea machinery. A guide explains the process of tea making in vivid detail and visitors are offered tea and cake as a treat. This is one of the best places to visit in the Galle District to have a wholesome experience. Visit the plantation and get a taste of the special Sri Lankan tea.

Owl and the Pussycat Hotel in Galle - a tea estate

Sri Lanka is a treasure chest full of rare gems like the ones mentioned above. A horde of fascinating experiences awaits you in this lovely island country. The Owl and the Pussycat is one of the best places to stay while embarking on a journey to Southern Sri Lanka. You can stay with us at our hotel in Galle to avail luxurious accommodations and exquisite dining options as you plan your trips to the hidden attractions that surround our hotel premises.