I always thought that Sri Lanka was so close to India and that one day I would hop there for a bit while working in Jaipur. It just so happened that this year would be that opportunity; but to be clear Sri Lanka is not close to the India that I visit, nor is it an easy journey to get to the little town of Weligama where we planned to stay…
After two plane rides, a myriad of delays, and a 3-hour car ride we arrived to an idyllic fishing town situated on a perfect little bay, alas Weligama. Most people would have stayed for at least a week if not two or three, or maybe even a month, but we did the quick 3-day in and out. My travel partner, Jenn, and I were lucky enough to be taken care of by the incredible people of Ceylon Sliders. A perfect boutique hotel with all the necessary amenities; hip café with perfect playlists queued up, the best iced coffees I have ever had, and fresh eats for the post-surf hunger pangs. Mahalo to Linn, Petter, and the whole staff and friends for a great time.
Stay tuned for a Samudra x Ceylon Sliders capsule collection coming soon!
Wanted to share some of the what, where, and hows in case anyone else dreams of going to exotic tropical places like I do.
H O W : We flew Sri Lanka Air but there are tons of international flights daily. From the airport in the capital city of Colombo we arranged a driver through Ceylon Sliders. There is also the very cool retro train that winds along the coast (not recommended if time is short).
W H A T : Sri Lanka is a BIG island and quite vast, we went to see palm groves, eat curry, and surf; but there are moonstone mines, tea plantations and animal reserves just to name a few activities.
W H E R E : We went directly to Celyon Sliders in the small town of Weligama. Definitely the perfect spot to do dusk and dawn yoga classes and all-day surfs.
F O O D :
Breakfast: Ceylon Sliders delicious granola bowls, and avo toast with that iced coffee I keep talking about.
Lunch: so many amazing fruit stands where you can buy a mango the size of your head or exotic fruits I had never seen, but if a little hungrier a sure bet is Hangtime. Western food using all the beautiful produce of the area.
Dinner: Chef Akila is the spot for authentic rice and curry, all made from scratch and so flavorful and delicious. I ate the fish curry and it was amazing. Another spot with slightly better ambience and beautiful cocktails is Zephyr, stark white decor with dried palm accents right on the beach in Mirissa. Definitely make a reservation and I highly recommend the crab curry (prepare to get your hands dirty) & the passion fruit margarita.
To be honest we need to go back, three days was not enough and there is so much to see and do. Never made it to Galle, the elephant reserve, or the moonstone mines. We did however see many beautiful smiles, an incredible granite Buddhist temple with a giant neon colored Buddha. Palms for days and got some really fun surf.
It was just a mini trip to Sri Lanka that has us planning for another already…hope this is enough to get you started!
Money: LKR Sri Lankan Rupee
Weather: Tropical; hot sun, rain at any time and check for monsoon and typhoon season. Lots of sunscreen required.
Surf: All levels
Transport: Tuk Tuks with oversized squishy surf racks! All the drivers
pretty much know how to strap the boards on and if you’re lucky some might even have a good stereo system in the back.