Rumassala is a must-visit destination if you are to visit the southern coast of Sri Lanka. If you are in Galle or Unawatuna, be sure to book a day trip to Rumassala to enjoy astounding natural beauty, amazing views of the southern coast and to enjoy a range of exciting water sports.
1. Learn a bit about Rumassala
Rumassala was formerly known as Buono Vista. If one is to climb to the top of the Rumassala Hill, they will be presented with one of the most stunning views of the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Aside from the beautiful views from the top of the hill, Rumassala is also famous for its rich biodiversity. Both the ocean and forests around Rumassala are rich with amazing flora and fauna which includes a unique selection of rare medicinal plants. Purple faced leaf monkeys and white bellied sea eagles are a common sight while the base of the cliff is home to an amazing array of marine creatures. Rumassala and its beautiful surrounding areas are shrouded in local legends. According to the Ramayana, the Indian monkey king Hanuman needed some medicinal herbs to treat the wounded soldiers in his army during his battle with the Sri Lankan king Ravana. Hanuman couldn’t find the herbs he needed in the island so he returned to India and brought a piece of the Himalayas and accidentally dropped it at Rumassala. In fact, the locals still believe that the vast variety of medicinal herbs found in the area are a result of Hanuman’s action. If you are planning a day trip to Rumassala, choosing a great Galle hotel Sri Lanka is a good idea. A popular choice among many travellers is the Tamarind Hill Galle with all of its modern amenities and beautiful surroundings.
2. What activities to do in Rumassala
Aside from sightseeing and photography, Rumassala has plenty of opportunities to enjoy a world of water sports and other exciting activities. If you are planning a day trip, figuring out what activities are available in Rumassala will help you lay out a better plan. The ocean around Rumassala is rich with fascinating corals and an astounding variety of marine sea creatures. Therefore, snorkelling is one of the most popular water sports there. You can easily rent the gear you need from your hotel, a snorkelling services provider on the way or even from Rumassala. Some tour providers also provide snorkelling and diving gear. Of course, if you have plans to enjoy water sports in Rumassala, it is important that you arrive at the right time of the year to get the most of your visit. The best time of the year to visit this fantastic location is from November to April. During this part of the year, the ocean is calmer and provides the ideal conditions for snorkelling and swimming in the ocean. However, no matter when you visit the area, the beautiful views, forest and the village are definitely worth a visit.
3. Climb Rumassala Hill
If you are in Rumassala, you simply must climb Rumassala Hill to enjoy the fantastic view from the top as well as to visit the beautiful Buddhist dagoba. This dagoba is known as the peace pagoda and was built with the assistance of Buddhist monks from Japan. The entrance to the temple features a large statue of Hanuman the monkey king. If you are to walk around the pagoda, you will be able to enjoy astounding views of Galle Bay, the Dutch Fort and many other parts of the stunning southern coast. The climb up the hill is best done on foot to enjoy the stunning surroundings along the way. The narrow, steep road winds past local homes, a small cemetery and a church. Visitors can also pay a visit to the Rumassala Nature Field Centre where they can obtain valuable educational information about the area’s rich bio diversity. Located close to the pagoda is a small footpath that leads down to the water through coastal scrub.