Hambantota (Sinhaleseහම්බන්තොටTamilஅம்பாந்தோட்டை) is the main town in Hambantota DistrictSouthern ProvinceSri Lanka. This underdeveloped area was hit hard by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and is undergoing a number of major development projects including the construction of a new sea port and international airport finished in 2013. These projects and others such as Hambantota Cricket Stadium are said to form part of the government’s plan to transform Hambantota into the second major urban hub of Sri Lanka, away from Colombo