The city of Hambantota in Sri Lanka is often considered the heart of Sri Lanka’s “deep south”. Hambantota is almost 170 km south of Colombo and is the main town of the district of the same name in the southern province. It is a coastal city that has developed rapidly in recent years and is the second commercial center in the country after Colombo. The history of Hambantota can be traced back many centuries when Sri Lanka was a lucrative stopover for trade routes. Seafarers and traders from China, Siam (now Thailand) and Indonesia traveled here with “Sampans” (boats), and “Sampan-Thota” soon became Hambantota. In addition to the endless beaches along the south coast, the diversity of wildlife in the surrounding national parks is impressive and invites you to visit.