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THALPE / HINITIGALA
Spend your day surfing or swimming in Thalpe and then enjoy a drink and a meal at popular restaurants such as Wijaya and Thalpe Beach. If you're up for a bike ride, you can walk over to Idle Bikes to book a bike tour through the rice patty fields of Hiniticala. Or if you prefer yoga, the tranquil Sri Yoga Shala is nearby with a variety of instructors and styles each day of the week.
This 400 year old world herritage site offers a large selection of restaurants, shops and boutiques set within the walls of the historic Galle Fort. It's a great place to spend the day and only 20 minutes from Thalpe Bungalows. The owners of Thalpe Bungalows also own Crepe-ology, a popular Galle Fort restaurant, and Karma Collection, an exotic boutique offering art, fashion, homeware and tea.
KOGALA / WELLIGAMA
20 minutes south of Thalpe you'll find the iconic stilt fisherman in Kogala near the Fortress Hotel, a turtle hatchery and bird sanctuary near Kogala Lake. Continue past Kogala for some great surfing in Ahangama, or continue on to Welligama, a lovely fishing village and also a great place for beginner surfers.
10 minutes to Unawatuna where you can take a dip in the Indian Ocean, surf, arrange a diving tour, or just hang out and relax at one of the many restaurants along the beach such as Kingfisher.
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