Redeveloped extensively after the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, Hambantota has become the 2nd biggest to capital in Sri Lanka - after the capital city Colombo. A highlight of Hambantota is nearby Yala National Park, which is home to many different species of birds, mammals, fish and reptiles.
Sri Lanka has a typically tropical climate, temperature and humidity (approx 70%) remain high all year round, although on the coast a light coastal breeze makes this heat comfortable. Inland, the heat is significantly reduced due to the higher altitude. Rainfall is highest in May, and in Oct/Nov. The south-western coast has higher rainfall than the rest of the country, although many people find this a refreshing break, generally this occurs in the afternoon and is accompanied by thunder. The highest rainfall occurs in May (371mm) and the lowest is Feb (69mm). There is an average of 6-8 hours of sunshine per day, all year round.