Have you ever stood on a patch of white powdery sand with a range of rocks behind you and endless ocean waves ahead of you? Head out on the Southern expressway to the deep south of Sri Lanka to experience precisely this. With virtually no land mass between the southernmost point of Sri Lanka and the Antarctic, it is no wonder that the waves are cerulean and enigmatic.
Rising high above the Indian Ocean, casting deep shadows into the waves that crash upon the rocks and emanating a glow of white is the Point Dondra Lighthouse; the symbol of the south of Sri Lanka. In spite of its importance and magnificence it is a modest trail that leads to the lighthouse and most of the signs are only in Sinhala, however, if you hail a local and inquire you would be able to easily find your way. Matara, a bustling city being the closest metropolis proudly claims ownership to the area and you can easily base yourself at a place like this as you tour the south.
While Matara boasts of some of the most beautiful beaches of the country, as you proceed further along the shoreline you encounter the renowned Sri Lankan blow hole; the Hummanaya. Folklore is that it gathers its name by virtue of the sound that emanates when the blowhole is active; however, if you trek across to the Hummanaya you will hear a more resonating and reverberating sound. En route from the car park to what is considered the second largest blowhole in the world; you will pass a few persuasive vendors who sell cut fruit, dry fish, souvenirs and spicy snacks, stopping by for a moment might turn out to be worthwhile especially because local snacks are delicious.
If the waters beyond Sri Lanka to the south are unruffled by human activity too often, there must be plenty of marine activity to compensate, isn’t it? Most certainly! The blue whales, sperm whales and fin whales who flip around in the waters alongside the bottlenose and striped dolphins bear testimony to how conducive this part of the ocean is for their survival. If you have already planned to pack your bags, do note that the season for whale watching is between November and April every year. Nevertheless, go ahead and reserve a room such as this for an enjoyable vacation in the tropics.