Located in the southern province of Sri Lanka, Hambantota is a city rich in history that dates back as far as 200 BC, when the Kingdom of Ruhuna was founded. At its pinnacle, the city received travelers and traders from all parts of the world including Siam, China and Indonesia, who sought the services of the natural harbor (which coincidentally gave Hambantota its name).
Archeological findings in the region have proved that Hambantota and neighboring areas were renowned for having a flourishing civilization and being blessed with fertile fields and a great irrigation network.
In the more recent years the landscape of Hambantota has changed, with the addition of several development projects including the Hambantota Port and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, the second international airport in Sri Lanka. Hambantota is also the location of the first Shangri-La project in the island, a renowned resort chain that has hotels all across the world.
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Miguel Cunat is a Partner of Sri Lanka In Style founded in 2005 to provide visitors with insightful, engaging experiences in his adopted homeland. Recognized by Conde Nast Traveler as Sri Lanka’s Top Travel Specialist, and recently featured on Wendy Perrin’s WOW List.