There is so much to see and do, using Tea Tree as your base.
Learn to surf. Go whale and dolphin watching. Visit a snake farm. See elephants in the wild. Visit the largest wild population of leopards in the world. Visit Buddhist temples. Visit a rice paddy farm. See how rubber is made. Visit an organic fruit farm. Go shopping for Sapphires. Go birdwatching. Watch cricket. Dance the night away.
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We've listed just a few of the things you can do in the picturesque South Coast of Sri Lanka...
Things to do around Tea Tree:
- Whale and Dolphin watching – there are plenty of whale and dolphin watching companies that leave from Mirissa (14km from Tea Tree). Sri Lanka proudly boasts being in the position as the world’s best location to spot not only Blue Whales, but also Sperm Whales as they journey a huge distance to warmer feeding grounds in the Bay of Bengal, from the Horn of Africa. You may also see Sperm, Fin, Bryde, Humpback and Orca whales and are pretty much guaranteed to see large pods of dolphins regularly off the coast of Mirissa. We recommend the Cape Whale Safari run by the Cape Welligama Resort
- Only 5km from Tea Tree is the Handunugoda Tea Plantation, home to the world famous “Virgin White Tea”, a tea untouched by hand and renowned the world over. The estate is spread over 150 acres, 75 of which are tea plantations. The remaining area is of rubber, cinnamon and coconut. The estate contains a well-equipped tea factory and is a living and working museum
- Unawatuna is popular for diving enthusiasts with no less than 8 wrecks in the vicinity including an old English ship “The Rangoon” lying at a depth of 30 meters. You'll find lots of diving schools along the 2km strip of beach at Unawatuna
- Koggala Lake is preserved as a bird sanctuary and is only 6km from Tea Tree. The Lake is alive with birdlife and dotted with islands, one of which features a Buddhist temple that attracts many visitors on poya (full moon) days, another that contains an interesting cinnamon plantation and also a herb garden island
- Yala National Park is 152km (3 hours) from Tea Tree. Yala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and was designated a national park in 1938. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Among its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, majestic elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, and crocodiles. The best time to visit Yala is between February and July
- Udawalawe National Park is 116km (2.5 hours) from Tea Tree. Not as well known as Yala, but arguably just as good, Udawalawe National Park is spread over 31,000 hectares and is known for its amazing tourism, wildlife, safaris, elephants, elephant orphanage, hotels, animals and birds