Matara is a city in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. The Southern Province consists of three districts and the city of Matara lies between Galle and Hambantota which are the other districts of Southern Province. It is 160km from the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo.


Matara is a coastal town surrounded by a lovely beach, its main attraction. The city has a population of about 76,493 and the man annual temperature is 30 C.

The River Nilwala runs through the town and falls into the sea. The river has fertilized the whole area as evidenced by the paddy fields, tea estates, and spice plantations.

Get in

By car

It's a 2 1/2-hour journey from Colombo via Southern Express Way or a 4-hour journey by the Galle Road. It is possible, but expensive, to hire a vehicle.

By train

From Colombo it's approximately 5 hours by train. There are trains which go directly to Matara. The cost is below LKR200. Timetable

By bus

Buses are the common method to get to Matara.   Bus stand. is located right in the center outside the Dutch rampart.


Giant Buddha statue at Weherahena temple


Cheap, safe tourist hotels abound.

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