Dikwella is noted for the finest sandy beaches in south of Sri Lanka, located 175 km away from Colombo. This long sandy beach is largely protected by headlands, reefs and sand-bars, making it safer for swimming. The headlands have reefs along their rocks, close to the beach. At both the Pehambiya end and the western end, swimmers can snorkel out from the beach to watch colorful reef fish amongst the rocks. Local inshore fishermen, especially at the sheltered Pehambiya end, mostly use colorful small or outrigger canoes which are easier to maneuver over the seasonal shifting sandbars. Dikwella is the location of Sri Lanka's largest seated Buddha statue, which is 50 meters (160 ft) tall. Walls in the rooms of the building behind the statue are decorated with a 'library' of colorful pictures depicting scenes from the life of the Buddha and punishments of miscreants.

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