Blackboard says that Sri Lanka has beaches galore for those looking to just chill out on buttery soft sands in a tropical paradise while sipping a cocktail and enjoying the best local seafood.

Top of the list is Arugam Bay, one for the surfers and for committed beach bums. Head to Arugam Bay if you’re in the mood to have a time-stopping sojourn and truly escape the mad urban rush.

You can spend all day in a beach shack sipping cocktails and watching surfers ride killer waves or attempt a bit of that activity yourself. Beginners should head to Crocodile Point for the gentler waves.



Ready for the barbecue right on the beach

Gear Patrol magazine bills itself as delivering a rich, cinematic treatise chock full of people, product and places—stories we hope will inspire you to take journeys of your own.

This latest issue includes a piece on Sri Lanka’s famed and iconic stilt fishermen, who sit for hours dangling a line into the surf from atop a pole embedded in the sand.

Though the 2004 tsunami devastated the country’s fishing industry … the men we met around the towns of Weligama, Ahangama and Unawatuna fished to supplement their other jobs. Proof of this was hauled onto the beach every day, descaled, gutted and ready to be barbecued right on the beach.



There are a few things you should know…

Nomadic Matt says that Sri Lanka was an unexpected surprise. I loved every bit of it: the verdant landscape, the delicious food; the crumbling, overgrown ruins; the abundant wildlife; and (especially) the welcoming locals who took hospitality to the next level.

Traveling through the country is relatively easy, if just a little chaotic, with overcrowded buses moving along clogged roads where lanes are mere suggestions, and trains packed to the gills with people hanging off the edges (which actually is kind of fun). English is widely spoken, though, so once you get used the chaos, it isn’t too difficult to get around.

But there are a few things you should know before you visit to avoid getting scammed, overspending, and, like me, missing some of the scenic trains!



Calm bays, pristine beaches and interesting sights

The Family Blogg notes that the east coast of Sri Lanka boasts of calm bays, pristine beaches and interesting sights. It is also easy to reach Sri Lanka’s north central province, the cradle of Sri Lankan civilization.

The Pasikuda Bay is a popular tourist destination and when in Sri lanka, beach hotel options around the bay are abundant, such as Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa.

It is easy to access Polonnaruwa in the north central province from the East Coast. The Gal Viharaya in Polonnaruwa was built by King Parakramabahu the Great (1155-1186) and was then known as the Uththararama or the Temple on the North Side.



Top five Sri Lanka experiences with kids

A Luxury Travel Blog says that Sri Lanka is often associated with romantic honeymoons or rugged backpacking adventures, however as it grows in popularity the island nation is increasing in facilities and activities for travelling families.

It’s unique landscape, colourful history and cultural charm provides a number of unique experiences the whole family will be recalling for years. Here are my top five unique Sri Lanka experiences with kids …

While in Colombo head to the city’s playground by the sea in the heart of the CBD at dusk. Take plenty of small change with you and purchase one of the vibrant kites from the many vendors selling a curious array of all manner of brightly coloured inflatables.

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