One of the Most Serene & Rewarding Experiences Imaginable

Be it setting your eyes on nature's splendor or spending a romantic holiday for two, the memories you make in Sri Lanka at Sooriya Resort and Spa, will stay with you, a lifetime. When you stay with us, you can satisfy your preference for adventure or leisure from a selection of excursions.

These include cycle tours to villages, a quiet dinner on the beach, visiting reputed tourist destinations as well as discovering the gifts of nature. Come, feed your curiosity of fauna, flora, religion or culture just by venturing not too far from our resort, located in the south of the island. Come, speak to us about your interests and we can help you find the ideal activity to peak your interests. There is so much to do and see, when in Rekawa, Sri Lanka!

Observe Turtles come ashore to lay eggs in Rekawa
Turtle Watching Night time adventure 3.0km/15 min tuk-tuk ride

Head out to watch nature’s wonders as mother turtles lay their eggs in the soft sand, in the safety of the night. Come away with unforgettable memories of conservation efforts, nature and labouring efforts of turtles and humans who protect them. Let Sooriya Reception know in advance. When conservationists spot turtles coming ashore we will let you know. Your night-time adventure begins with a quick tuk-tuk ride across the village roads

A day out fishing from Sooriya Resort in Rekawa Tangalle Sea.
Fishing in Rekawa Duration Half Day

Go fishing in the Indian Ocean. You can organise an exciting fishing day trip, starting at dawn. Leave with your breakfast pack from the hotel, spend the day out at sea, vying your skills against a collection of different fish including Tuna. If you get lucky, we will get our chef to prepare the fish to your liking for dinner that same evening ! look out for this offer in our EXCURSIONS section and choose package to BOOK or include as an add-on, when you stay with us at Sooriya Resort and Spa

Wildlife Safari at Yala – Duration ½ to 1 day
Wildlife Safari to Yala

Duration - Half/One Day

Pack your breakfast and head out pre-dawn to spot leopards, elephants, deer, monkeys, reptiles and exotic birds at Yala National Park. Take your sun hat and snap away to make colourful memoirs. 1.5 hours away from Sooriya, this nature reserve is bordered by the ocean, contains scrubland, grasslands, light forests, lagoons and tanks providing a protected, natural environment for our unique fauna and flora. ADD to your room booking and plan ahead, or speak to our staff to organise your trip when you get over to Sooriya Resort & Spa

Hummanaya Blowhole – considered to be the second largest blowhole in the world.
Hummanaya Blowhole

28 km / 45 min drive.

Hummanaya blow hole, considered as the second largest blowhole in the world, is located in Kudawella near Tangalle. It blows every 10-15 minutes as the water pressure builds-up from the sea swell. The spray could rise up to 120 feet at times, when the sea is rough. You should visit the Hummanaya blowhole only at times when it is most active. We recommend that you organize combined trip to Hummanaya Blowhole and Tangalle, to make the most of the journey.

You can check with our front office for when the blowhole is most active or check this online. Our resort staff can assist you with more details and your trip.

Whale Watching  – Duration ½ to 1 day
Whale Watching

Tour Duration - Half/One Day

Dawn departure from Sooriya – Joining an unforgettable boat-trip for a unique encounter with the Blue Whales. Once in a lifetime opportunity to catch a glimpse of these majestic mammals swimming in pods or rising to the surface of the big blue: a moment to cherish forever. If lucky, you could spot sperm whales, short finned whales, fin whales and Bryde´s whales as well as dolphins off the coast of Mirissa, which is an hours drive from the hotel.

Add it to your hotel booking as an excursion to plan ahead, and we will organise your tour in advance to suit your needs or speak to our staff to organise your trip when you get there

Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary is one of the most unspoilt natural locales in Sri Lan
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary

Tour Duration - Half/One Day

Protected since 1938, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary is one of the best, unspoilt natural locales where seasonal, global migratory birds can be observed. Their temporary homes, the nature reserves, mangrove swamps and salty lagoons, also provide shelter for reptiles and endemic birds. Go in search of the blue tailed bee-eater or watch a lesser golden-backed woodpecker take flight. Grab your binoculars to spy on gull billed turns or follow tri-coloured munia as they jump around. A must for birdwatchers and nature lovers.

Tell us when booking accommodation to organise in advance or speak to staff when you get to Sooriya

The Sinharaja Forest in Sri Lanka is the country’s last primary tropical rainfor
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

86 km / 2.00 hr drive

A biodiversity hotspot, national park and a UNESCO World Heritage site - the Sinharaja Forest is Sri Lanka’s last primary tropical rainforest. Flora and fauna are strictly protected and visitors are reminded to enjoy this unique environment and help protect it. Home to exotic birds, beautiful butterflies, tall trees, canopies, waterfalls, dense low vegetation, insects and other jungle fauna and flora, this biosphere reserve is a treasure indeed.

We will organise your tour in advance to suit your needs. You can also speak to our staff to plan your trip when you get there or write to us at the time of room booking

Wild elephants in their natural habitat  – Duration ½ to 1 day
Udawalawe National Park

Tour Duration - Half/One Day

A heaven for nature lovers and a sanctuary for animals: set your sight on elephants, deer, water buffaloes, wild boar, crocodiles, birds and more as your jeep drives by marshes, rivers, grasslands and forests on a safari trip to the park. Our resort is located to south of Udawalawe National Park. A 119 square mile area dedicated to wildlife. Visiting this park is a most rewarding experience for any tourist to Sri Lanka.

Add it to your hotel booking as an excursion to plan ahead, and we will organise your tour in advance to suit your needs or speak to our staff to organise your trip when you get there

Kayak Journey at Rekawa Lagoon

Local Activity in Rekawa, Tangalle, 5km/30 min – 3 day programme

Head down to the Tangalle beach and learn to ride the waves in Sri Lanka. Suitable for both novices and intermediates, the surf location is known for its right-hand point break, the reefs underneath and the low power, low frequency waves. Show off your skills as you enjoy the surf in Sri Lanka. Located a short 5km trip away from the Sooriya Resort and Spa.

look out for this offer in our EXCURSIONS section and choose package to BOOK or include as an add-on, when you stay with us at Sooriya Resort and Spa

GALLE - The Dutch Fort – UNESCO Heritage Site
GALLE - The Dutch Fort

70 km / 1.50 hr drive : Duration - one day

Walk around exploring this UNESCO-protected fortress – Galle. Cobbled paving, narrow streets, old churches from Portuguese and Dutch influences blend in with shops, exotic cuisine, panoramic sea views and cafe culture. A visit to the southern coast of Sri Lanka is not complete without visiting this colonial heritage of Sri Lanka. Located at the extreme southwest of the country, the fort was built by the Portuguese, and improved by the Dutch and the British and used as a key location for governing the south of the island by all three colonists. A multi ethnic, multi religious destination by itself, you will come across souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants within. Churches, museums, a lighthouse, old bastions, little paved streets and massive trees can be seen by a visitor.

NOTE: the trip to/from Galle and your time, sight seeing, shopping and a relaxing lunch will realistically take over ½ a day.
Sooriya staff will assist you with details and organise the trip for you.

Rock Temple of the South -  Mulkirigala Temple
Mulkirigala Temple

23 km / 40 min drive – Duration ½ day

A 3rd Century Rock Temple built on a 673ft high rocky outcrop, Mulkirigala a cultural and historical gem, that has stayed out of the limelight. It consists of seven cave temples, located in five different terraced areas, all at different altitudes. Since the 6th century A.D, eight kings of Sri Lanka have contributed to and built the temple structures in this hidden gem, the Mulkirigala monastery. It is believed the temples Bo-tree is a sapling off-shoot taken from the most revered Jaya Sri Maha Bo Tree of Anuradhapura (which itself was taken from the Bo-tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya). Ancient Buddhist paintings at the temple are of the Kandyan era, one of the Kingdoms that existed up until colonisation by the British. Visitors can also see rock and cave inscriptions.

NOTE: the total trip to/from the temple would take approximately half a day. Sooriya staff will assist you with details and organise the trip for you.

Kayak Journey at Rekawa Lagoon

Local Activity in Rekawa, Tangalle

The famous Rekawa Lagoon, separated from the ocean only by a small strip of beach is known as one of the most relaxing locations in the island for a perfect, peaceful kayaking trip. The lagoon is rich with an extraordinary blend of biodiversity as it is extremely close to the ocean, unlike many other lagoons you find in the country.

It is flourished with various kinds of cranes, eagles, fish and crab, with the occasional monitor. It is a breath-taking place to be kayaking at dawn or during the evening hours, where you will be able to witness one of the most mesmerizing sunsets. Suitable as a solo, couple or family activity, we offer a safe adventure will leave you with lifelong memories by of unparalleled freedom to explore in pristine waters of the Rekawa Lagoon.

Tell us when booking accommodation to organise in advance or speak to staff when you get to Sooriya

Unique event of observing turtles approach Sooriya Resort during day time.
Turtle Watching – Daytime Opportunity

Local Activity at Sooriya Resort and Spa

Sooriya Resort is unique for the sighting Turtles at sea, during daytime. Turtles reach to our hotel shore to feed on seaweed available on or near the rocks.
Step down to the beach from the pool side, head down the footpath through the mangroves to reach our strip of beach and the rock-pools for kids entertainment. You will be able to observe turtles in their natural habitat most afternoons when the sea is not so rough.
You will be rewarded with the sight of turtles in their natural habitat - the sea. The beauty of nature is everywhere in Rekawa, and in and around our resort.

Speak to our swimming pool attendant, he will let you know when they are sighted near the shore.

Botanical Gardens in Southern Sri Lanka - Mirijjawila
Botanical Garden – Mirijjawila

37 km / 1.00 hr drive : Duration ½ day

Take in the dry-zone landscape as you study the flora and improve your knowledge of tropical plants. Explore and contribute to the preservation of local herbs and promotion of botanical knowledge. The Mirijjawila Botanical Garden was developed in the year 2006 and is one of Sri Lanka’s five botanical gardens. Created to promote floriculture, eco-tourism and medicinal herbs, it is on its way to blooming into a beautifully landscape destination. Horticulturist guest or gardening lovers may be interested in a visiting this botanical garden. We recommend an early morning or late afternoon visit to avoid the mid-day sun. The garden is operated by the Department of National Botanic Gardens, Sri Lanka.

NOTE: Sooriya staff will assist you with details and organise the trip for you.

Ridiyagama Safari Park
Ridiyagama Safari Park

44 km / 1.00 hr drive

The parkland that is spread over 500 acres of land and home to both carnivorous and herbivorous animals. It is a large area of land where animals get to roam free, both mammals and birds, and visitors get to travel in protected vehicles to observe animals in their natural habitats.

Distinct habitats are divided into six zones, 4 of them occupying carnivorous animals, while others are home to herbivorous animals. Carnivores that can be seen are mainly Lions, Tigers and Leopards. The African Lion zone is 35 acres in size, while the Sri Lankan Elephant zone is 54 acres in size.

speak to our staff when you get to Sooriya and organise your trip in advance

Small Bay at Sooriya
Swim in a Small BayIn walking distance

Dreaming of swimming in the sea, away from touristy shorelines? Wanting to take a dip and tread the water in your own personal ‘little corner’ of Tangalle? How about having fun in the sun while splashing a bit of water on a friend? Swimming in the tropical sea can be a memorable event. The warm waters of the Indian ocean set under the sunny sky can be so welcoming, that you may prefer to laze in the sea for a while. Our ‘small secluded bay’ can be organized just for you; all you need to do is inquire from the reception.

Private Dining on Beach at Sooriya
Dining on BeachIn walking distance

Considering a romantic meal or a peaceful feast by the beach? Sooriya Resort and Spa will set up an unforgettable evening at the perfect spot on the Rekawa beach, where you can set eyes on the setting sun and enjoy a candle lit dinner.. You may be visiting Sri Lanka for your honeymoon, a romantic getaway or to rekindle that flame with your loved one, and we at Sooriya Resorts and Spa are here to help you. Just let our hotel management or front office (or reception) know of your private dining requirement, prior to arrival or once at the resort, and we shall cater to your request. A table will be set with candle light, in the midst of oil burning torches with a delicious meal, on a private beach area just a stroll away from the resort, on the Rekawa beach famous for its turtles.

Greenfields around Rekawa
In and Around Rekawa3.5 - 5.0 km / 10 - 12 min drive

Rekawa is a destination itself! Found off the beaten path, wildlife, the natural environment and pleasant little surprises await in this calm corner of southern Sri Lanka. If you are holidaying at our resort with no activities planned or have exhausted all your adventurous destinations on your list, Rekawa will keep your spirits high. Here are a few: Deep sea fishing trips if you love fishing and like venturing out into the ocean. A cycle trip around town on a journey of discovery, riding amidst nature and a village setting. A visit to the Rekawa lagoon to spot the local wildlife.