As I’ve mentioned many (possibly too many) times on my blog I have recently returned from Sri Lanka. I have never been anywhere other than Europe, America and Australia – all of which are culturally similar (ish) so Sri Lanka was a real eye-opener for me. Shortly after landing, before the seatbelt sign had been turned off, the pilot welcomed us to ‘paradise’ so expectations were per-retty high.
Situated around 30 minutes from the airport, Negombo was the most convenient first stop of the trip. This area is known for its fishing. The main attraction is a big ol’ fish market situated by the beach. The fishermen head out every morning and, upon returning, a lot of the fishermen sold their fish at the market. The bigger fishing boats dock around 6am so keen beans can head down to the harbour around this time and see some impressive ol’ fishing boats docking – I can’t tell you much about this sight though as I slept through it, the good intentions had most definitely been there the night before!We stayed in Negombo for two nights before moving on. This was enough time to explore the area.
Before heading to Kandy, I thought London was a loud city. Man, I was wrong. Kandy is loud, intense and busy but it’s bloomin’ good fun. With car-packed roads to the hustle of the streets to Pizza Hut, Kandy felt the most urban out of all the places we visited in Sri Lanka. The uncertainty of the weather meant we could leave the hotel sweating and complaining about humidity (as if I would do that!?) but we could return to the hotel soaking after being caught in ten minutes of torrential rain. But that’s all part of the fun in Kandy!
Royal Botanical Gardens: Kandy Road, Peradeniya 20400, Sri Lanka
We couldn’t have stumbled across this peaceful botanical garden at a better time. As well as being a welcome sanctuary from the noise and business of Kandy, it also had some pretty impressive trees too. I don’t know much about plants (honestly, next to nothing) but I can tell you this place is worth a visit. And if peace and trees aren’t your thing then there are hundreds of big ol’ bats flying around which is also made for a pretty great spectacle.
Our longest stop on our mini tour of Sri Lanka was in Uppuveli (near Trimcomalee). The main aim of this stop was to chill out on the beach – and chill out on the beach we did. The beaches along this coast are so beautiful. Lined with palm trees and cute little huts to roll up to when hungry, this place is what I imagine the pilot was referring to when welcomed us to ‘paradise’ on our flight over.
Barefoot: 706 Galle Road, Columbo, Sri Lanka
Since Uppuveli was so far from the airport we decided to stop over in Columbo (near the airport) on our final night. Outside our hotel was this shop/cafe, Barefoot. From the outside it looks small but it was like a whole new world as we entered the shop – and the air conditioning hit (always a pleasure). Barefoot is a maze consisting of beautiful, bright furnishing fabrics, clothes, pottery, books, pictures and much more. We spent a good ol’ while heading through the shop, gawping as we went. Out the back of the store, as well as people actually weaving the upholstery fabrics, there is a beautiful cafe. We got comfortable with the best ice coffee I have ever tasted and reflected upon our time in Sri Lanka. It was the perfect end to a brilliantly colourful and interesting holiday.
Thank you so much for reading my (very mini) guide to Sri Lanka if you made it this far! x