Located on Sri Lanka's picturesque South Coast, Ahangama still offers the charm of an idyllic fishing village.
Ahangama is also an area with a scattering of pretty beaches. It is home to the most consistent, and possibly the best, surf in Sri Lanka.
A favourite spectacle in Ahangama are the stilt fishermen as they sit silent and unmoving on their poles, high above the sea surface, waiting for hours to catch the small fish that swarm in the shallow offshore waters.
Weligama, a 10-minute drive from W15 Escape, is the ideal place to learn to surf with soft, sandy beach waves that rarely exceed one metre. Weligama is one of the most reliable surf destinations in the Indian Ocean with several famous surf points in walking distance. There is one Beach Break, the Weligama Beach Brake (best for beginners), Reef Brakes are Kabalana, Midigama, Ram's Point, Plantation Point and Two Secrets Point. Surf lessons, surf board hire and a surf camp provides all beginners or professionals are looking for.
Whale and dolphin watching is one of the most exciting water activities you can do in Sri Lanka during your holiday. The ever smiling, mischievous dolphins will put on a show while some of the oldest and the largest sea creatures, the humpback and the blue whales, will nonchalantly glide past you, when you embark on a whale and dolphin watching excursion.
Be scared or charmed by these creatures which are displayed in their natural habitat. Experienced guides will explain all there is to know about Sri Lankan snakes.
Not only for the health conscious. Be amazed by the variety of fruits including 20 different types of bananas. All organic and available as pure fruits, jams, juices and tasty food in their own restaurant.
Handunugoda Tea Estate is a family owned plantation in Tittagalla, Ahangama. It is 150 acres in extent and comprises of 75 acres of tea. The remaining plantation is of rubber, cinnamon and coconut. The estate contains a well-equipped tea factory. Many of the machines in the factory are over 140 years old and were made in the United Kingdom. The factory is a living and working museum. Handunugoda makes very small quantities of the choicest teas, winning international recognition. Handunugoda produces the famous 'Virgin White Tea', a tea untouched by hand which has attracted attention from tea enthusiasts all over the world.
Be amazed what a coconut tree all provides for. Its not only coconuts but fibre which is traditionally used for mats, ropes and nets. A great insight in a classic craft.
Since ancient times Sri Lanka is well known for its natural riches and this includes the rubber trees. Watch the process from collecting the fresh sap to the export-quality pure rubber.
The gems of Sri Lanka have been famous since Biblical times. It was to Sri Lanka the Island of Gems, that King Solomon sent emissaries to procure the jewel which won him the heart of the Queen Sheba. The best gems to buy in Sri Lanka are sapphires and rubies, although you can also find exquisite cat's eyes, spinels, aquamarines, blue topaz, garnets, tourmalines, amethysts, zircons, moonstones and alexandrites.