Hambantona is one-of-a-kind tranquil town that should be visited by tourists for its dry landscape, Malay population, colonial architecture, and great expanses of salt. City of Hambantota is located 120 km from Galle in the south east corner of Sri Lanka in the Southern Province districts. Hambantota district holds an important position in the Sri Lanka tourism map for its richness of natural beauty and wildlife, alongwith heritage sites including dagobas and viharas.
Hambantota is famous among travellers for its salt flats and intensely hot arid zone climate. With sweeping sandy beaches on the side, it is a convenient base city for tourists exploring the nearby Bundala National Park, Yala National Park and the temples at Kataragama. Most inhabitants of Hambantota are Sinhalese and Malays.
Currently, Hambantota city is witnessing major development projects including an international airport, in the wake of 2018 Common Wealth Games that would be happening in Hambantota.
History of Hambantota
Hambantota district is part of the traditional south known as Ruhuna. Also known by the names of ‘Mahagama’ ‘Ruhuna’ and ‘Dolos dahas rata,’ Hambantota was the center of a prospering civilization in Sri Lanka. Historical information says that about 200BC, the first Kingdom of Sri Lanka was Anuradhapura. Due to a personal dispute with King Devanampiyathissa of Anuradhapura, his brother King Mahanaga established a new kingdom at Ruhuna in the south of the Sri Lanka that played an important role in upbringing of the nation and the Sri Lankan Buddhist culture.
Around the years of 1801 and 1803, the British Captain Goper, built a Martello Tower on the site of an earlier Dutch earthen fort alongside the lighthouse overlooking the sea at Hambantota that tower was restored in 1999, and today it houses a fisheries museum. Hambantota was badly affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami that hit the island of Sri Lanka and other countries.