Sri Lanka

15 Things to do, eat & see in Sri Lanka

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Travelers are not supposed to have favorites and if we do, someone usually tries to make you feel bad about it. The truth is, though, we do - I think it's just human nature. Those are the places we feel at home and our heart frequently longs to go back to. Sometimes to the detriment of our 'real' homes. For me, those favorites create an issue because they me[...]

5 Stunning Spots on Sri Lanka's South Coast

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I didn't know what to expect when I visited Sri Lanka, but after a few months travelling around India, I was more than ready to chill out on a beach somewhere and Sri Lanka seemed like a good choice. Unfortunately, I only had 10 days in the country, and so instead of travelling around trying to see as much as possible, I settled for exploring the South Coast[...]

Slow Travel in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka has the perfect combination of white sand beaches, lush green mountains, ancient temples and bustling towns, all within close proximity of each other so you can travel slowly and savour the experience. Last July I spent three wonderful weeks in Sri Lanka with my husband and teenage son. With family in tow, there's no point rushing from sight to[...]

The benefits of exploring Sri Lanka with my Mom

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Recently I went on a two week vacation to Sri Lanka with my mom. Some people around my age might think that’s a loooong time to spend with someone, especially if that person is your mother. Surprisingly, I survived this trip and loved every minute of it. Not everyone realizes how cool it can actually be. Of course we have different opinions about many th[...]

What to love about Sri Lanka

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It started years ago with a tiny bowl of finely chopped greens, lime juice, shredded coconut and a wild array of spices. Forming a perfect synthesis with the creamy beetroot curry in front of me this humble pile of spicy greens won me over right away. My very first sambol - a traditional Sri Lankan condiment - was served to me in the middle of a grey Ber[...]

5,200 Steps to Sunrise: Climbing Adam's Peak

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2:00 a.m. is an awfully early time for the alarm to ring. Especially when 80% of your previous day was spent on jam-packed buses, your sleep count barely reaches 3 hours, and... you have a mountain to climb. Not just any mountain, either: the famously challenging Sri Pada, more commonly known as Adam's Peak — a venerable ridge that towers above most of Sr[...]

12 Cool Things to Do in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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When the Tourist Board of Colombo handed me a map of the city, they spontaneously highlighted: The famous Colombo Fort The National Museum Three shopping malls. Wait. Was that all there was to the Sri Lankan capital? Two tourist landmarks—and chain stores? Thankfully, that was untrue: by exploring a little, I actually gathered 12 cool things to do[...]