Unawatuna is popular for diving enthusiasts with no less than 8 wrecks in the vicinity including an old English ship “The Rangoon” lying at a depth of 30 meters. You'll find lots of diving schools along the 2km strip of beach at Unawatuna. It is only 25km from The Nine
Koggala Lake is preserved as a bird sanctuary and is only 22.3km from The Nine The Lake is alive with bird life and dotted with islands, one of which features a Buddhist temple that attracts many visitors on poya (full moon) days, another that contains an interesting cinnamon plantation and also a herb garden island
Yala National Park is 133km (2.5 hours) from The Nine. Yala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and was designated a national park in 1938. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Among its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, majestic elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, and crocodiles. The best time to visit Yala is between February and July
Udawalawe National Park is 108km (2.5 hours) from The Nine. Not as well known as Yala, but arguably just as good, Udawalawe National Park is spread over 31,000 hectares and is known for its amazing tourism, wildlife, safaris, elephants, elephant orphanage, hotels, animals and birds
Weligama Bay is 8Km from The Nine which is the ideal place for beginners and kids to surf with gentle rollers on a sand bottom. There are plenty of surf schools here where you can get a lesson or hire a board.
Galle is 42km from The Nine. The UNESCO World Heritage protected Galle Fort is one of the best examples of a European-built fortified city in the whole of south and Southeast Asia. Stone sea walls encircle car-free streets with architecture reflecting Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. Spend a day wandering through the historical streets along the ramparts and visit the lighthouse. Dine in one of the many resturants and browse the shops.