Blessed with some of the best beaches in the world, Sri Lanka is a coastal paradise that offers an idyllic getaway where you can enjoy the sun, surf and sand amidst glorious tropical weather. However, the island has much more to offer than just beaches and those exploring Sri Lanka will also find that it is also home to a rich biodiversity. Those in search of an unforgettable outdoor adventure where you can get ‘lost’ amidst this breathtaking scenery can visit the Samakanda organic farm.
Encompassing a lush rainforest and picturesque tea estate, Samakanda spans an area of around sixty acres and is an eco sanctuary that offers hours of outdoor adventure. Located within easy reach of Galle, this farm cultivates organic produce and looks to conserve the delicate balance of the ecosystem that can be found here. A rich storehouse of flora and fauna, this area is an ideal place for such activities as swimming, mountain bike riding, hiking or even just relaxing amidst the peace and quiet of nature.
There are many places of interest one will come across when exploring Samakanda such as the T-Shed. Constructed out of such natural materials as timber, mud and palm fronds, this fascinating structure is an ideal venue for seminars, yoga and workshops. The site known as “The Bowl” is the main agricultural zone where one can find a variety of crops including tea bushes, spices and a range of fruit trees such as avocado, papaya, mango, wood apple and orange. The area is also home to a fresh water lake and aquaculture ponds, while there are also terraced paddy fields in these scenic surroundings.
Those exploring the Banyan Tree zone will find an idyllic getaway amidst jungle landscapes, caves, overhanging rock formations and an ancient stone shrine. Other sites of interest at Samakanda include the spice garden, the Polwatta Ganga (river) and several scenic pathways along a ridge.