It’s a real foodie focus for Condé Nast Traveller’s latest spotlight on Sri Lanka—Galle Fort and Welligama

 

It’s a real foodie focus for Condé Nast Traveller’s latest UK-centric visit to the Sri Lanka tourist hotspots Galle Fort and Weligama.

Writes Fiona Kerr: “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.

“And now a new band of passionate expats and fresh-thinking locals are creating a renewed buzz along this stretch of coast.”

 

But it’s the food, especially the “sensational sushi at The Tuna and The Crab from star chef Dharshan Munidasa, whose Colombo restaurants are recognised in Asia’s 50 Best list.”

And then there’s the “clean-eating with a Sri Lankan twist at Poonie’s Kitchen: juices spiked with local super-herb gotu kola; veggie-packed thali plates”.

There’s also a shout-out for traditional Sri Lankan cooking: “For dinner I meet Emily Dobbs, whose Weligama stall at the hip Druid Street Market in London helped make hoppers—pancake-like bowls filled with curry—the latest foodie trend in the UK.”

 

Meanwhile, over at Weligama, “the soft thrum of chill-out beats plays at W15 hotel, where surf dads tuck into arrack cocktails and ceviche and watch their children build sandcastles”.

“’I love the natural beauty, but also the quirkiness of everyday life,’ says Rob Drummond, another British transplant to the island, who along with his yoga-teacher wife Lara Baumann created the much-vaunted Tri, a sharply contemporary hotel on the shores of Lake Koggala.

“’The tourist board once had this cheesy advert tag line ‘A Land Like No Other’, but there is truth to that.’”

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