Hambantota ෴ හම්බන්තොට
Hambantota is situated at closest point to the main shipping route Malacca street/Suez Canal that connects East and West. Chinese sun has dawned in Hambantota: a Chinese funded massive new seaport harbor at Hambantota is taking shape to open in November 2010.
A new airport to be compatible with the latest Airbus A380 aircraft is under construction at Hambantota; a new international cricket stadium is sheduled to open with the ICC Cricket World Cup in February 2011at Hambantota; a highway, a railway and a oil refinery will come into existence at Hambantota.
Now to the eco and wild life aspects: a safari park is being designed. Sri Lanka's first-ever botanical gardens in the dry zone, soon to be the largest in the island, is now being developed at a 300-acre site at Mirijjawila, Hambantota. The Garden is aimed at conserving the massive green patch and bio diversity in the area around Hambantota.Yesteryear Hambantota was a village in the jungle; in the coming year, Hambantota is bound become a miracle of modern development overnight.
About Hambantota District
Hambantota is a rural town in south eastern coastal area of Sri Lanka. It is also the capital of the Hambantota District in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. Approximately 240 kms from Colombo,Hambantota is in the midst of transformation into a strategic port and commercial centre, undergoing extensive infrastructure development. Flanked by sweeping sandy beaches,Hambantota is a convenient location from which to visit nearby sights.
The Bundala National Park lays 20 km east of Hambantota and the Weerawila Sanctuary a little further off. The Ruhuna National Park and theKataragama Temple are other attractions that can be accessed easily from this city.
About Southern Province
The Southern Province of Sri Lanka is a small geographic area consisting of the districts of Galle, Matara and Hambantota. Subsistence farming and fishing is the main source of income for the vast majority of the people of this region.
Important landmarks of the Southern Province include the wildlife sanctuaries of the Yala and Udawalawe National Parks, the holy city of Kataragama, and the ancient cities of Tissamaharama, Kirinda and Galle. (Although Galle is an ancient city, almost nothing survives from before the Portuguese invasion.) During the Portuguese period there were two famous Sinhalese poets called Andare who was from Dickwella and Gajaman Nona who was from Denipitiya in Matara District, composing poems on common man.