The capital of the Hambantota district, has much to offer to Sri Lanka today as it did many years ago. Devastatingly destroyed during the Tsunami in 2004, the town is undergoing major reconstructions. Hambantota is a major stop over on the way to Kataragama, Tissamaharama and Kirinda and therefore is becoming a very commercial city.During the Kingdom of Ruhuna many travellers and traders arrived from the Far East, Siam, China and Indonesia who sought to stop over at the harbour of Godawaya, Ambalantota. The fleet of ships these traders travelled in were called ‘Sampans’ and the place they anchored was known as ‘Sampantota’ which after a period of time became ‘Hambantota’.
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