After a busy five days through the center of Sri Lanka, living the slow life was beyond alluring. But if you’re in need of adventure or thrill seeking every so often, the south west coast of Sri Lanka is a must for you.
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Annnnyway, last month Moo and I traveled to Sri Lanka trying to see as much as possible without becoming exhausted in the process. We experienced what I like to call a “slow travel sandwich”. We began the trip chilling up in the north west for four days (where I learned to kite surf). Then we hustled ourselves through the centre trekking and tea tasting. All before we called time out and based ourselves down south for four days.
Surfing in Sri Lanka started here:
We stayed in an amazing AirBnb in Ahangama, The Kip, in a small suburb close to the action of bustling surf town’s; Weligama, Mirissa & Unawatuna. Given we were desperate for peace and quiet, we live in Sydney (in a constant stream of construction), this seemed too idyllic to be true.
Surfing was a little hit & miss
I was fortunate to paddle out three times on Weligama’s main beach and stuck close to the right hand pocket, near the island. Hiring a board was simple given ample choice on the shore, where rentals are loosely watched over.
I paid the equivalent of $10AUD an hour for an epoxy 6’6. If you haven’t been drooling over Ceylon Sliders Instagram (you probably will now!) you’ll find Weligama is famous with long boarders. You can even hire their – stunning – boards if you’re keen. A post surf breaky/brunch/dinner is a must at their cafe.
Hiring a scooter, (with a little help from Seddy at The Kip) was easy and meant we were able to tour from beach to beach as we pleased. We even travelled as far north as Galle (where the feature image was shot!). I could lie and tell you I was dying to explore the architecture of the old Dutch Fort. But let’s be honest, I was desperate to get my hands on a slice of carrot cake from Poonies Kitchen.
Our time in the south consisted of; reading our books as much as possible, surfing, massages (very oily, be warned), exploring, eating, drinking, scooter-ing. It was heaven.
A lot of people skip Colombo
Which I can understand, but to us it didn’t feel much different to most cities, and we didn’t find it as bad as everyone made it out to be. I found this amazing boutique (The Design Collective) where I spent way too much on (upcycled) Sri Lankan clothing!
We stayed at Dwell, I was drawn in by it’s simplistic room’s and their eclectic and exotic wall paper, visit their website and you’ll understand 😉
And of course, we couldn’t visit Colombo without visiting the Ministry of Crab. *Drool*
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