A Place of Tranquility
Located not far from the city centre of Matara, the Polhena Beach offers the perfect atmosphere for a beach getaway, without the crowds of tourists, making it all the more exclusive to anyone who visits the sandy stretch. The beach is primarily known to be a place of solitude and peace, so as to induce that sense of calmness in the minds of the traveller. Even the waters are relatively calmer than that experienced in Galle and Weligama, because of the corals acting as a fence of sorts. Although popular as a picnic beach, there are a few water sports that you can engage in, namely swimming and snorkelling.
There are other interesting elements of the Polhena Beach such as the Nilwala River, which runs through the entire city of Matara, eventually falling into the sea through Polhena Beach, which makes it quite a majestic sight. It is, however, when the sun starts to set that the true beauty of the beach is shown, as it turns out to be the perfect place to admire the palm-fringed beauty of Sri Lanka’s coastal belt. There are several vantage points to view the amazing scenery, but it’s often the area near the Nilwala River that provides the best vistas.