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“A beach but seen better...” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Polhena Beach

Ranked #5 of 38 things to do in Matara
Certificate of Excellence
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Galle, Sri Lanka
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A beach but seen better...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

The cleanliness is poor and it is crowded all the time. Some local residents are in the habit of poking into others busyness all the time and they are most of the time drunk. Not a place for taking kids. For a group of guys to hang out with a beer will be a better choice.

Visited April 2013
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uk/australia/bulgaria
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31 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“clean beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

Nice little strip with several eateries, not far from Matara. A good alternative to the more crowded and commercial places. Recommended if you like calm.

Visited May 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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86 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“We saw a see-turtle!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013

We went there for some snorkeling. The corals are dead because of the tsunami in 2004 which is very very sad. But we were able to see and swim with a huge sea-turtle that came close to the beach to eat. Brilliant experience!

Visited April 2013
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2 Thank travelingwithtw0kids
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Leipheim, Germany
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55 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Weekdays.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

On the weekdays the beach is virtually deserted, the water is clean and snorkelling before the reef is good.

Visited February 2013
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1 Thank Patrick H
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Voorburg, The Netherlands
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“nice beach, suitable for children and non-swimmers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

protected family beach much frequented by Sri Lankan and foreign tourists, but experienced swimmers longing for more than waist-deep waters may get bored there.

Visited February 2013
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