12 Things to Do on the South Coast of Sri Lanka

With Sri Lanka right on our doorstep (well, 4 hour flight) there was no competition where to make the most of our five day Eid holiday.

From the local curries and the chilled beach bar vibes, to the friendly people and cheap rates (we’re taling a fresh coconut for Dhs1), one of my favourite places in Sri Lanka is the South coast. And now I’ve visited the area two years in a row, I’ve decided to share some of the ‘must-try’ things I will suggest to anyone and everyone!

Learn to surf….
This was a new one for me this year. We woke up at the crack of dawn, everyday, and headed down to the surf school to learn how to ride the waves. (And I’m pleasantly surprised to be able to say that by the end of the trip, I was standing on board no problem!)

Visit Galle Forte…
Take a tuk tuk ride into Galle centre and soak up all Sri Lanka’s rich history. In fact, taking a tuk tuk ride anywhere is an experience in itself!

Get a massage…
When there’s a full body massage on offer for Dhs75, how could you not? Reccomendations include Spa Una and Sanctuary Spa in Unawatuna.

Go shopping in Unawatuna…
Whether you’re treating yourself to an elephant-motif sarong, or buying souvenirs for your family, Unawatuna is the only shopping destination you need to know.

Dinner at Zephyr, Mirissa…
This beachside restaurant makes a mean passionfruit mojito and boasts the most mouth-watering menu of freshly caught fish. Top tip: best visited at sunset.

Take a trip to Luna Terrace, Galle…
The recipe for a perfect day trip? Add one infinity pool overlooking the city, times by two bottles of prosecco, minus all the tourists et voila! One of my favourite days of the holiday was spent here.

Eat a rotti from Mama’s, Midigama… 
In Sri Lanka, most of the time, if a restaurant looks like you should avoid it like the plague, chances are it does the best food you’ll ever eat. (Anyone in Dubai who frequently dines at Ravi’s will know what I’m talking about).

Stay at Ebb & Flow Jungalows…
If you’re looking for a low key hotel, this is the one for you. With just two bungalows in the whole property, and a private kitchen with the option to self-cater, your stay is all about ‘you’. Unless, like us, you want to take advantage of the private chef, who cooks and cleans up after you! #expatbrat

Stay at Era Beach by Jetwing… 
This is where I stayed last year, and it was absolutely amazing. See more from that trip > here <

Pet a stray dog…
Ok, I know I’m going to get a whirlwind of bitchy comments for this, because stray dogs should probably be avoided. But as a completely and utterly hopeless dog lover, I can’t resist. THEY’RE ALL SO CUTE!

Eat a pizza at Wijaya Beach…
I am one of those people who cannot stand holidaymakers that go to an exotic country and order something that they can get at home. So when someone recommended we tried a restaurant that’s famed for its pizzas, I was feeling pretty indifferent about it. Well, I stuck to my guns and ate a local curry, but (as much as I hate to admit it) I had a bite of my friend’s pizza, and it really was amazing. In fact, I even saw someone I knew from Dubai there (hey, Alex)!

Over indulge in road-side coconuts…
I’ve already mentioned they only cost Dhs1, so what other convincing do you need?

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