Close to the airport and an easy first stop is Negombo, which has enough hotels/guest houses, touristy things in general and a great fish market. Also the tourist villages of Bentota and Hikkaduwa (coral gardens). Southerly from Colombo Amaduwa, not only sea but easy access to the Ruhuna Park. Religions and people in general change within a short distance in Sri Lanka and because of the political situation it is best to avoid the eastern coast but, the south offers a never ending beach and there are numerous superstitions evoking dance and related religious activity. Galle is a fine historic town with a unique character, harbour, and buildings. Then the coastal road goes all the way to Katarugamma and hindu celebrations.