MY GUIDE TO SRI LANKA

After spending just over three weeks in this beautiful country I have put together my best advice, places to see and things to experience for any keen travellers wanting to venture to the enchanting island in South Asia.

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MY TOP 5:

  1. THE BEACHES: For surfing, snorkelling and swimming – my favourite spots were Marissa & Medigama 
  2. THE WILDLIFE: Udalawewe & Bundala National Park, marine life and monkeys!
  3. THE FOOD: Local fruit, Rice & Curry, Ministry of Crab in Colombo
  4. THE NATURE: Golden sand, jungles, palm trees and endless green rice fields
  5. THE TRANSPORT: Tuk Tukking like a local around everywhere!

 

DO’s & DON’T’s:

DO:

  • Eat & explore the local cuisine – the dahl curry & chilli crab were my favourites
  • Interact with the locals – they are so friendly and always know the best swimming and surfing spots!
  • Be prepared to bargain or be ripped off! This is very common with Tuk Tuk drivers
  • Book AC rooms & ensure your rooms have mosquito nets or proper windows
  • Tip hardworking locals generously
  • Remember to bring adapters, personal toiletries, sunscreen, shampoo etc – these are hard to come by in the third world!

DON’T:

  • Wear revealing clothing anywhere outside tourist beaches or resorts – Sri Lankan culture is very modest (I found this out the hard way!)
  • Stay confined in your resort or hotel – a whole new & diverse culture awaits you!
  • (Or be weary of) driving yourself! The roads are hectic and the locals know it best

 

MY FAVOURITE SRI LANKAN DESTINATIONS:

P1010031.JPGHIKKADUWA:

  • Plenty of beachfront accommodation & dining
  • A fun, lively place for NYE/festivities
  • Eat: Hello Burger, The Coffee Shop
  • Retail: The Shop – handmade crafts, local clothing & accessories

 

P1010079GALLE FORT:

  • Scenic views & buildings
  • Good retail & dining – diverse cuisines 
  • Upmarket accommodation

 

P1010204.JPGMIDIGAMA:

  • Great surf breaks – home to Rams & Lazy Left
  • A short drive to Weligama, Wygya beach, Galle and tea plantations
  • Eat: Plantation – tasty local rice & curry
  • Stay: Ebb & Flow Jungalow

 

Screen Shot 2018-02-08 at 5.49.57 pm.pngWELIGAMA:

  • Good beginner surf breaks 
  • Hangtime hostel & café – for post-surf smoothies, coffees & banana bread
  • Snake Doctor – great for a introduction to some of Sri Lanka’s 96 species of snakes

 

0C494161-5D8C-41FF-BEE2-767BEB20C54A.JPGMARISSA: 

  • Amazing water quality – good swimming & snorkelling beach
  • Several beachfront dining options

 

 

BUNDALA NATIONAL PARK:

  • Limited accommodation options adjacent to the park – Hanbantota is not a tourist town
  • Early is best for animal encounters!
  • Plenty of exotic birds, water buffalo and crocodiles
  • Safari jeeps & tour guides available

 

 

UDALAWEWE NATIONAL PARK:

  • The place for close elephant encounters!
  • Anything from deers to lizards can be found at this large national park
  • Safari jeeps & tour guides available

 

P1020617.JPGELLA:

  • Beautiful views
  • 9 Arch Bridge & Mini Adam’s Peak are both walking distance from the town centre
  • Ride the famous blue trains to Kandy from the Ella train station

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