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HambantotaHeading eastward from Tangalle, the scenery changes from the lush green of the southwest to more open landscapes as you enter the dry zone of southeastern Sri Lanka.

Hambantota, 240km (150 miles) from Colombo, is an independent travelers' haven that is showing some of the signs of escalating into a fully fledged holiday resort.

Like other south coast towns and villages, it would probably already have made the transition if not for the troubles of the 1980s and 1990s. Hambantota stands on a sandy headland, on the seaward side of which a huge fleet of outrigger fishing Hambantota Birdscanoes draws up, and the horizon is almost always dotted with their small triangular sails.
With sweeping sandy beaches on either side, it is also a convenient base for exploring the nearby Bundala National Park and, somewhat further away, the Ruhuna National Park and the temples at Kataragama.

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