This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Ahungalla.
Ahungalla is a tiny town on the coast of the island nation of Sri Lanka. It is not as popular a tourist destination as most of the other developed cities on the coast. However, the idyllic charm of the town brings a particular set of visitors to it every year. The rustic setting, small, cozy hostels, and the friendly local people are all parts that add up to a great visiting experience. Get a hostel near the sea and you are bound to have a good time in Ahungalla.
Among the many things to do here is a visit to the sea turtle hatcheries in the town. Collected and brought to these farms by the fishermen in town, the eggs of these endangered animals are cared for until they hatch. The hatched baby turtles are allowed to crawl out of their shells and walk down to the sea on their own. Some babies deemed unfit for the wild are kept in captivity before being released to make sure that they are strong. If you visit the hatcheries, you can play with them too.
Grab a tuk-tuk from your hostel and go shopping in town to get some souvenirs. Watch out for scams, though, as most local folk think they can get away with charging exorbitant prices. Visit the gem factories in the area but do not buy any of the gems. You can also go shopping for tea – the Sri Lankan tea is exported and used all over the world.
One final place to visit in Ahungalla is a spice garden. There are many of these around the town and region. Ayurvedic medicine is practiced here, using herbal and natural remedies to treat some serious afflictions. Poppies are grown here too, along with tropical spices like cinnamon. A small gift shop at the Spice Garden gives you ample lotions and remedies you can take back with you.
Written by local enthusiast for Ahungalla hostelsJakob Lombardi