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Our latest trip to Sri Lanka - photos, suggestions & the best of Sri Lanka

Things to do in Sri Lanka
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As we're wrapping up our trip to Sri Lanka we thought we'd put together a blog post about everything we did out here, from the places we visited, places we stayed in & where we ate. First thing's first, our trip started in Colombo, which is the capital city of Sri Lanka & also the closest city to the airport. 
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COLOMBO - the capital
 
Travelling in Colombo Sri Lanka
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Colombo is a huge city & we only stayed there for a couple of nights to try and get adjusted to a new country. We didn't really do much here, as it is such a large city & the traffic during rush hour can get really bad, so we decided to stick to the area around our hostel and explore by foot.
We checked out the local supermarkets for food, some local & very basic restaurants + the cinema. We are huge cinema fans & every country we visit we do try & check out the local cinemas. We watched Super Woman (better late than never;) & it was funny to see that they are old school & still do the 15 min intermission half way through. More popcorn? Why not...
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Ahangama - a small coast town.
Ahangama beach Sri Lanka
Ahangama beach Sri Lanka
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Next stop was Ahanghama , which is a small town near the coast line. You can get a train there if you'd like to keep things cheap, or if you'd like to experience the local train ride. I will warn you tough, that 2nd & 3rd class doesn't actually mean anything as everyone kind of sits everywhere and you'll most likely end up without a seat during the 4 hr journey there.
So if you'd like to experience the local transport, get a train & be careful when taking pictures like the one of Adam ;)
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Hanging out of trains in Sri Lanka
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La point surf camp Sri Lanka
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In Ahanghama we stayed with a surf school for a few nights called La Point. Usually, in order to stay there you have to book in for an entire week at a very affordable rate. The reason we were able to stay here for only a few nights was because we were actually there on a business trip on behalf of our 2nd business New Horizon Escapes.
If you're in Sri Lanka to polish your surfing skills or you're already a pro but you want that team environment, these guys are the best. They provide you with accommodation, surf lessons & delicious buffet style meals of local & western style foods.
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Surfing in Sri Lanka with La Point surf camp
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While here we also tried the The Virgin White Tea Plantation, as we didn't want to leave Sri Lanka without doing a proper tea tour. We got taken round the plantation where they explained the history of tea. The soils of this plantation are full of precious stones and some teas even take their name from stones like Ruby which they called Ruby Oolong.
Some of their teas require very special taking care of, like not touching the tea leaves with bare hands when picking them, wearing rubber gloves & face masks, cutting the leaves straight from the bush into a bowl with gold plated scissors, which then of course also reflects on the price you have to pay later on, at about £25 per box from the factory, or £5 for a cup of tea in cafes.
We loved the Ruby Oolong tea, as it was a soft & mild one.
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the virgin white tea plantation sri lanka
The virgin white tea plantation in Sri Lanka
The virgin white tea plantation in Sri Lanka
The virgin white tea plantation in Sri Lanka
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Weligama - a small coast town further down from Ahangama.
From Ahangama we decided to take a trip further down South the coast to explore a few more places before we left. We then went through to Weligama which has a few healthy cafes, a great surfing scene for beginners & beautiful beaches.
Sadly during low season all of these towns are so quiet, that most businesses close down until the next season when tourism starts picking up. So on the one hand, it's great to be here in low season because the beaches are super quiet & everything is less hectic. On the other hand, a lot of businesses are closed, meaning there are less options when it comes to eating out or socialising.
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Weligama beach
Sri lankan tuc tucs
Weligama beach sunrise surfing
Weligama beach sunrise
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In Weligama we tried a couple of cool cafes like the Ceylon Sliders, which have the most kick ass Instagram account & you'll want to just follow them for their stunning photography.
These guys have everything you want under one roof - 5 bedrooms facing the ocean, a cafe with your avocado on toast, yoga on the roof top at sunrise, surfing & also a small boutique with bikinis, active wear, surf wear, accessories & natural beauty products.
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ceylon sliders Weligama
ceylon sliders food Weligama
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If you'd like to stay in a cheaper accommodation, Hangtime Hostel provide a very similar experience for lower budgets. We slept in one of their double beds which was actually a boat with a mattress in it. Their cafe is located a few floors up. Perfect little gem with decent WiFi which the main reason we stayed there ;)
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Weligama beach
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Mirissa - a small coast town further down from Welighama.
 Next up we went on to Mirissa, which is another small town. We didn't really stop there, but we did check out Mirissa beach which had a beautiful and tourist friendly beach. We had some lunch, got some sunshine, had a stroll and then moved on. 
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Mirissa beach
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Matara - the most Southern point of Sri Lanka. 
Matara had nothing going for us to be honest. We drove through it, looking for a place to stop and perhaps have a coffee or food and found nothing. Our only stop here was to cool down with some ice cream and hit the road to Galle, which was our very last stop before our flight out of Sri Lanka.
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Galle - a city North from Ahanghama. 
Galle is a small town which has the famous Fort in it. Galle Fort, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. 
If you're looking for great food & coffee this is the only place you can get just that. As soon as you walk inside The Fort, you'll be greeted by a various cafes & restaurants that have everything for everyone's taste.
One of our favourite hang outs was The Calorie Counter - a healthy Sri Lankan restaurant chain.
You'll also be able to do a bit of shopping or walk around the Fort wall while looking out into the sea. Galle once again, hasn't got much going on and we stayed around the Fort area working away and taking a short drive to Unawatuna beach for a quick tan top up.
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The fort Galle
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Galle is our last stop, as we're heading directly to the airport from here. This time, we haven't even seen 1% of the entire country, but we're coming back in April with New Horizon Escapes on the launch of our 1st Sri Lanka escape, where we will also be exploring the Safari, different hikes & loads of cool activities. 



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