Condé Nast Traveller spotlights Sri Lanka as a ‘best winter destination’—and much more!


Condé Nast Traveller is again spotlighting Sri Lanka for UK and world holidaymakers, not only as a ‘best winter destination’ but also in its month-by-month ‘when to go when’ guide.

As a winter warmer, it says, “there’s a real buzz about Sri Lanka right now, with those in the know making a beeline for coastal spots south of Colombo.

“Bright-green rice paddies and verdant tea plantations make way for gorgeous, golden beaches to the west of Galle. Surfers prize the hippy-chic hangouts and rolling waves that hit the sandy coves to the east.”

Read more here.

Meanwhile, ‘where to go when’ names February as its favourite month, when “silky beige sand and sumptuous hotels mean the Sri Lanka’s south coast is the envy of its South Asian neighbours”.

“The nation’s troubled political history is now behind it, but prices have yet to catch up. Go now before package-holidaymakers abandon Bali and Thailand en masse for these serene shores.

“Begin in the historic capital Colombo and slide down the coast to the colonial town of Galle, sampling some mouth-watering seafood along the way.

Read more here.

Finally, what Condé Nast lauds as our “serene south coast” is the subject of a lengthy full-on piece by travel writer David Loftus, who skips the crowds and returns to the classic south, “which is quietly churning out a tide of hits”.

“The south, with its astonishingly pretty beaches of honey-coloured sand and the crumbling grandeur of UNESCO World Heritage Site Galle Fort, has been drawing visitors for decades longer. And now a new band of passionate expats and fresh-thinking locals are creating a renewed buzz along this stretch of coast.”

And our food! David meets Emily Dobbs, who has helped make our hoppers the latest London foodie trend, and who says that rice and curry is rarely as simple as it sounds. “There are all these exciting vegetables to play with. I love finding out what to do with them – I tend to go to the market and end up back at someone’s house having a cooking lesson.’

Read (much!) more here.

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