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Matara

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A commercial capital in the south, Matara offers a real taste of Sri Lanka, which the southern coast's beach resorts often lack. Busy, modernizing, and with a youthful feel boosted by a community of university students, the town makes few direct concessions to tourism--part of its appeal to many international visitors. Colonial-era churches and fortifications provide the main historic attractions of Matara, but it's the lively urban bustle and the authentic Sri Lankan cuisine found on the streets that make Matara memorable. Matara is in Southern Province. Take a peek at our online itinerary creator: Matara and its charms laid bare and easily scheduled.
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