Elsewhere: Some people love visiting a place that’s been strongly recommended by friends over and over. Others prefer to be the first of their mates to venture into a foreign place.

For those of the latter ilk, Sri Lanka should be at the pinnacle of their travel bucket list. It’s the kind of place it’s important to go now, not in five years. It could be quite different then.

The island nation of 20 million that looks like a teardrop falling from the southern coast of India, in the teal-hued Indian Ocean. Its collection of high-end boutique hotels (a couple Aman properties are at the forefront) prove that.

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Beginners guide to Sri Lanka: know before you go

A Modern Wayfarer: Katie Heller from the outrageously awesome travel blog Postcards from Yonder gives us a definitive ‘Beginners Guide to Sri Lanka’ from her experience travelling in the exotic land!

I went to Sri Lanka because Skyscanner told me to. Well, kind of … Of course, that spontaneity was very quickly followed by furious research into this mysterious country (I’m not actually that good at whimsy)…

I read enough to realise that Sri Lanka simply lacks the backpacking infrastructure that many other countries have, and though I tried my darndest to prepare (seriously, I spent wayyyyy too much time on TripAdvisor forums), it turns out the internet doesn’t know everything.

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Eating my way through Sri Lanka

Expat Panda: Right outside the Galle Fort, is rustic, authentic looking seaside restaurant. With whitewashed walls, minimalist decor and the smell of salty water in the air, this place oozes old world charm.

The food is enticing with loads of fresh seafood options on the menu. I often joke with seriousness about how the magic ingredient in tasty food is simply love.

That certain je ne sais quoi, the careful throwing of great ingredients together, where nothing extra is added other than attentiveness. That is what we tasted in the food here.

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A look at what Sri Lanka has to offer, including…

2trvllrs: In this post you will gain insights about Sri Lanka’s beaches surrounding Trincomalee (or “Trinco” how the locals call it), the biggest city at the East Coast. More particularly, we will share the experiences we made at Nilaveli Beach during our stay in May 2016.

We highly recommend to spend some days in this corner of Sri Lanka. However, please bear in mind the seasons! Best time to visit Sri Lanka’s East Coast is from April/May to September.

Most well-known beaches surrounding Trincomalee are Uppuveli Beach and Nilaveli Beach north of the city. We also read about Marble Beach, a beautiful beach south of the city and managed by the army. As it’s a private beach with a small entrance fee and apparently, this one can be quite populated.

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48 hours in Ella

YAMU: Ella is an incredible place purely for its stunning views, weather, hikes and sights.

It’s incredibly touristy, mostly because it’s a connecting point to the East Coast, and some of the signboards proudly proclaim it as being a ‘tourist town.’

Needless to say, there’s a ton to explore, both gastronomically and adventurously — but it will definitely take you some time to discover all of them! Here’s a little list of how to make the most of your weekend there.

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Sri Lanka, my Paradise

KateJonesLondon: It wasn’t on the cards for us to go to Sri Lanka. I mean, it REALLY wasn’t – for starters it wasn’t our idea to go, we only booked as our friends who we normally celebrate NYE with were going, and even when we’d booked it, the holiday fell through at the last minute due to overbooking.

We persevered, with visions of beaches and island cocktails and eventually found ourselves boarding a SriLankan Airlines flight the day after boxing day.

I’m so glad we did!

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