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In our first Sri Lanka blog article we already introduced our perfect route. Is Sri Lanka already on your bucket list? Than check this blog article.
Arrived at the coast and what to do now? In this blog article we want to tell you something about the places where we spend our time and what we did.
Let’s start in the west and end in south of Sri Lanka.
We didn’t spend much time in Hikkaduwa. Not because we not like it, but because we had completely planned our days all the way down to Galle. Hikkaduwa is a small town and something for everyone. Whether surfers, swimmers or sun worshipers. If that’s not enough for you, you can visit a turtle farm. Unfortunately we not visited the turtle farm and we regret it – so do it!
Once in Galle you can plunge into the bustle. The city can be divided into two part. The first part is Galle Fort, which is very popular for tourists and really beautiful and on the other hand there is the very stressful city outside the walls of Galle Fort. In Galle Fort you have to look at the lighthouse. Come early, it’s worth it, so you can get it to your own. Along the ocean you can stroll through the cute town. Within the modern city you can expect european prices and european food, which does not necessarily taste better, but if you feel like needing a pizza after a lot of rice & curry, you’ll find it here. For all lovers of Sri Lankan cuisine – you will find your food outside the walls. And of course much cheaper than inside Galle Fort. In the city the daily, typical Sri Lankan markets awaits you. Whether rice and curry, fresh fruits or kottu – here you find anything. But be aware that it gets more stressful in the “normal” City. 😉 You will find several boutique Hotels in Galle but as well cheaper Guest Houses.
Not far from Galle, but still completely different is Unawatuna. Grab a tuk tuk or a scooter and explore this area. You can also drive from Galle to Unawatuna with the bus. At Unawatuna Beach you can relax. There are many restaurants that invite you to eat. Especially at sunset this is fantastic place to sit, eat and drink something. When you are willing to find the famous Instagram spot you have to drive about 15 minutes by tuk tuk to Dalawella Beach to swing legendary over the beach. There you will find a palm swing. The closer the sunset comes, the more people will get there for a swing. The owners of the restaurant take a small fee to swing, but you can swing as often as you like. Do it – it’s really fun. 🙂 Just 100 meters further you will find another Instagram spot – this huge stone. Stone? Yes, that’s right. Climb on it and enjoy the view. When you are in Unawatuna you can also explore the Jungle Beach. This beach is just between Unawatuna and Galle. We saw monkeys for the first time there. Too cute the little ones – but also a bit scary if they run after you. There is also the Japanese Pagoda. You should definitely go there and see the place. The architecture is awesome.
Between Unawatuna and Weligama you can find Midigama. We drove with the scooter from Weligama north to Ahangama and have already seen some fishermen. We noticed on our arrival that there are two species of stilt fishermen in Sri Lanka. The ones fishing fish and the other ones tourists. We’ve just turned off the engine of our scooter in Ahangama and someone came directly to us and asked us for money that we allowed to take photos. We didn’t even took the camera out. We did not search for something like that, so we went straight back and found our luck in Midigama. If you want to see the true stilt fishermen, drive to Villa Naomi Beach. Nobody asked for money from us at this spot. By the way – Hannes has lost our scooter key there and the stilt fishermen helped us with the search. So if you ever find a key there – it could be ours. 😀
Weligama is really a cool spot. Great Vibes and perfect for surfing. There is one surf school next to the other. If you want to learn to surf in Sri Lanka, then there. We have been at the Freedom Surf School and learned a lot. In Weligama you will find a lot of restaurants and bars, tasty western food and much better Sri Lankan cuisine. We love the Sri Lankan cuisine. Unfortunately, we often had to wait very long for the food, but it was worth it. We were eating every day (sometimes twice) at Dulnetha Restaurant. The food tastes so delicious and it was super cheap. 😀 If you look for a place to stay, check out Hangtime. It is a hostel right on the beach and is pretty cool. We did not sleep there, but relaxed on the rooftop terrace.
Known for the Coconut Palm Rock, Mirissa offers really beautiful beaches. It is not far away with the scooter from Weligama, so it’s perfect for a day visit. Be sure to check out Mirissa Beach. 15 minutes out of Mirissa is the Doctors House. Every Sunday there is a market. Good vibes, good food and delicious drinks. For Sri Lanka very expensive and you will not see many locals. Everything is a bit more fancy there. Back to the Coconut Palm Rock – We actually wait an hour on it to take a picture. The result was unfortunately not so good as we hoped, as there were always people in the background. But it’s still great. 🙂
Two little cities side to side. Dickwella is not very nice and we recommend to stay in Hiriketya beach area if you are willing to spent a little bit more money. So you are located right at the Blue Beach. This is a good surf spot, an amazing beach and a fancy corner with nice restaurants. Fancy = more expensive. So if you are looking for cheap food, drive to Dickwella. The local restaurants there don’t look very fancy, but you can eat there without hesitation.
We recommend Jayantha Hotel for food (restaurant with green mirrors, very tasty and cheap). Surfing in Hiriketya is more expensive than in Weligama. If you want to learn surfing, we recommend to do it in Weligama. If you just want to hire a board – do it. It’s still cheap. Rent a scooter! It is not as easy as in Weligama because there are not special shops for that. We just asked in a moped shop in Dickwella and he called a friend who rented his one to us for 5€ per day.
Are you looking for a nice, not so popular, secret Insta spot? Go and check Nilwella out. The beach with the boats is amazing and it’s not crowded. When we were there, we just saw some locals. For more impressions: take a look through our Instagram highlights @nastjastasia @hannesjocarter .