Deep in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka the District of Hambantota stretches into the dry zone of the land. Hambantota
District boasts a prosperous past civilization and is endowed with many natural resources. These resources offer opportunities for valuable income generation for the District and for the overall development of the country.
Hambantota District is part of the traditional south known as Ruhuna. In ancient times this region, especially Hambantota and the neighboring areas was the centre of a flourishing civilization. Historical evidence reveals that the region in that era was blessed with fertile fields and a stupendous irrigation network. Hambantota was known by many names ‘Mahagama’ ‘Ruhuna.
Hot springs are a geological phenomenon in this country and a few are situated within the District of Hambantota. Hamabantota, with its scenic coastline offers travelers a great route while visiting the Bundala National Park, Yala National Park and the temples of Kataragama. Some are located in close proximity to the famous forest monastery at Madunagala. Among other places of interest, is ‘Hummanaya’ or the blow-hole which is another sight to behold.
In the Bundala Bird Sanctuary, flamingos are often seen during the north east monsoons. Elephants retreat to the Bundala salt pans during times of drought.
The Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport is new and unique international hub promises to spearhead and facilitate the development in both the Southern and Eastern regions of Sri Lanka. The brainchild of His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa, this second international airport, built as an unique eco-project, is set to transform the fast changing Southern and Eastern regions of the island and Port of Hambantota is planned to develop as a Services and industrial port.