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Local Adventures

Whole days could easily be spent at Max Wadiya without a moment to spare.

Yet we’ll also tempt you with our off-site adventures


Close to Home

  • Mask museum and factory in Ambalangoda, and antique shops.

  • Small boat trip from Balapitiya on the Madhu river and the lagoon, including visits to an island Buddhist temple and spice garden

  • Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the largest horizontal Buddha anywhere

  • Snorkeling in the coral gardens and swimming with giant sea turtles in Hikkaduwa. Also surfing

  • Waterfall and natural pools near Elpitya


Longer Ventures

  • Whale and dolphin watching off the southern coast 

  • Lunuganga Estate, the former home and gardens of the renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa in Bentota

  • Fortress town of Galle, with its lighthouse, ramparts, restaurants, jewelry shops and local garments 

  • Surfing beach and school in Galle

  • Unawatuna Beach

  • Tea plantation and factory


Further Afield (all day or overnight)

  • Sinharaja rain forest and jungle trekking, the largest rain forest in the country

  • Kanneliya National Forest, a UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve

  • Deep sea fishing, water skiing and other water sports in Aluthgama

  • White water rafting and rock pool bathing on the Kitugala river

  • Uduwalawa National Park, the best place to find elephant herds

  • The elephant orphanage at Pinnawala

  • Kandy, and the Temple of the Tooth

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