For 91 Days in Sri Lanka – The E-Book We’ve gathered together all of the articles and over 250 photographs from our three-month adventure in Sri Lanka into an E-Book for your Kindle or E-Reader. Carry all of our Sri Lankan experiences along with you in this portable format. The book includes a comprehensive index, which makes navigation a cinch, and features all our anecdotes, advice and the best ...

Good Night, Sri Lanka From the taxi’s windows, we watched the Colombo night blur by. The few cars which remained on the highway had none of the breakneck urgency which normally characterizes Sri Lankan traffic. And though the unbroken chain of shops and restaurants still had their neon lights blazing, there weren’t many people on the sidewalks. It was 10pm, and we’d rarely seen ...

Friend-Friends and Other Observations Great Books To Read Before Visiting Sri Lanka Confusing slang, seat-snatching monks, bizarre Spanish phrases, indecipherable head bobbles… all just part of learning to live with a new culture! These are some of our favorite quirks and misunderstandings from three months in Sri Lanka. Friend-Friends “You and you, you are brothers, no?” No, we’re not brothers. “Ah, you are friends?” ...

The Best of Galle Fort Hotels in Galle Though the crazy monsoon weather we experienced during our two weeks in Galle soured our moods and ruined planned excursions, it did give us the chance to explore the Fort neighborhood in full — particularly its restaurants, cafes and bars. Here were some of our favorite spots during our time there. For Food: Indian Hut – Yes, ...

Tap that Toddy Coconut Water We had seen toddy tappers at work a few times, high up in the palm trees around Jaffna and Trincomalee, collecting the liquid of coconut flowers into plastic jugs. The toddy can later can be distilled into arrack, but is one of the country’s favorite drinks even in its unprocessed state. And for nearly three months, we had ...

Colombo Short Stay – Your Posh Condo in the City With a magnificent setting in the 22nd floor of the Emperor Building, itself part of the five-star Cinnamon Grand’s complex, the luxury condo offered by Colombo Short Stay was an incredible place to spend our last night in Sri Lanka. Out on the balcony, with a bottle of red wine and a view that stretches out over the Indian Ocean ...

The Rocky Southern Coast of Sri Lanka Luxury Hotels in Sri Lanka A unbroken string of tiny towns and hotels stretches out to the east of Galle. The busy road which hugs the coastline passes through Unawatuna, Dalawela, Thalpe, Habaraduwa, Midigama, one right after the other; each offering tourists an insane number of places to stay and things to do. We were on this road constantly, en ...

The Jungle Beach at Galle Our Published Travel Books After visiting the gleaming white Japanese Peace Pagoda, from which we had a wonderful view of Galle Fort, we climbed down toward the true object of our desire — Jungle Beach. Not another person in sight, just twin stretches of deserted sand trapped between the ocean and Rumassala Rock. Having just experienced the soul-crushing lameness of ...

Sri Lanka Reading List Anytime we head to a new place, we’ll hunt for novels to satisfy our curiosity about it, and learn a little about the culture. Here’s what we’ve been reading during our three months in Sri Lanka. Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje Michael Ondaatje, also the author of The English Patient, is Sri Lanka’s most famous novelist. A Burgher, ...

Unawatuna Hotels in Unawatuna On our way to the beach village of Unawatuna, just a few kilometers up the coast from Galle, we saw a sign that read “Unawatuna: Tourist Paradise!” Which just goes to prove what we’ve been saying all along — Sri Lankans have a hilarious and darkly ironic sense of humor! Unawatuna, paradise for tourists. Ha! That’s a ...

The Habaraduwa Turtle Hatchery Our Sea Turtle Excursion at Rekawa Beach Sri Lanka is one of the world’s most important breeding spots for the endangered sea turtle, but heavy development of the coast has contributed greatly to their ever-declining number. To combat that trend, a number of hatcheries have opened along the southern coast. We visited one in Habaraduwa. The small hatchery, which cost ...

The Martin Wickramasinghe Museum Sri Lanka History Books One of our first mornings in Galle, we took a bus to Alanthgama with the intention of seeing stilt fisherman — one of Sri Lanka’s most iconic images. But whether it was due to the stormy seas, the time of day, or the recently completed New Year’s festivities, the stilts were unoccupied. Foiled! Now what would ...

Tuk-Tuking around Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Travel Insurance “Why didn’t we think of that?!” “Our lives would be so much easier.” “It would be so much fun.” “Man, I’m so jealous!” These are among the sentences which have been finding their way into our conversations almost daily, ever since we met Marc and Carina at our guesthouse in Polonnaruwa. The Belgian couple immediately earned ...

Galle Fort – Our Final Stop in Sri Lanka Guest Houses in Galle Fort After two and a half whirlwind months touring Sri Lanka, we pulled into Galle with exhausted bodies and tired minds. This would be the last extended stop of our 91 days in the country. We’re actually spending our nights in Fort, not Galle. That might sound like an unnecessary distinction, but the peaceful neighborhood demarcated ...

A Sea Turtle Excursion at Rekawa Beach Snorkel Gear Sri Lanka has the extraordinary privilege of welcoming five of the world’s seven species of sea turtle to its shores. The turtles, who travel around the world and across entire oceans, somehow know to return to their natal beaches when the time comes to reproduce. At night, they emerge from the ocean and lay their eggs in the ...

The Bizarre Landscape of Ussangoda Our Published Travel Books East of Tangalla, a barren landscape sits in the middle of an otherwise heavily forested area. Dark red soil and an utter lack of trees are the hallmarks of Ussangoda, a region thought to have been hit by an ancient meteor. It’s hard to imagine another explanation for this strange anomaly of nature. The walk from ...

The Mulkirigala Rock Temple Hotels in Tangalle Twenty kilometers north of Tangalla lies the large rock of Mulkirigala, reminiscent in shape to Sigiriya. The rock houses an impressive series of cave temples dating from the third century, similar to those of Dambulla. A mix between Sri Lanka’s two most famous sites, Mulkirigala sounded like a winner. It was the sleepy Sunday following the Sri ...

Chop Chop Chop Chop Chop Me Some Kottu Sri Lanka Cook Books One of the Sri Lanka’s most typical dishes, and perhaps my favorite, is kottu. Combining rotti bread, veggies, a variety of spices and (optionally) egg, cheese or chicken, it’s one of the country’s few specialties in which rice plays no role. And the best part is, you don’t ever have to look for a restaurant which ...

The Kitsch Madness of Wewurukannala Temple The village of Dickwella’s claim to fame is the Wewurukannala Temple, where Sri Lanka’s largest Buddha serenely sits. But the Wewurukannala Temple offers more to the visitor than just a big statue. Its marvelously kitschy image house, an illustrated Hall of Sin, colorful statues and a resident elephant are just the highlights of this riotously entertaining place of worship. Entrance ...

Dickwella and the Hoo-maniya Blowhole Tangalle Hotels No, Dickwella and the Hoo-maniya Blowhole is not the perverted name of a new punk band, but the twin objects of our first day trip outside of Tangalla. The blowhole is a natural wonder formed by cliffs along the coast, and the town of Dickwella, is a frantic coastal town where activity can reach a level of absurdity. ...

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