10 days in Sri Lanka is way too short for a country THAT wonderful. So yeah, let that be a first: go for 2 weeks at least. Todat we’re sharing with you the coolest things we’ve done and seen.
1. Tuk Tuk
Explore authentically, rent a tuk tuk! Not to drive yourself ofcourse. It’s easy to make a deal with a local driver, just make sure that you’ve shortlisted a couple of names of places in the area you want to see. We took one exploring nature and the rice fields around Koggala and it was a beautiful experience!
2. Surfing in Weligama
The stretched out beach of Weligama is surfers paradise! Rent a board, get an instructor and learn to surf. Traveling is a great opportunity to try new things, don’t you think? You can read everything about our surfing experience in Sri Lanka here.
3. Spot wildlife
Sri Lanka is a paradise for spotting wildlife! Not just in the national parks, but all around. On the way from Galle to Yala we saw elephants, all kinds of colourful birds, water buffalos and turtles. The picture below was taken near Yala national park, how beautiful? You can read everything about our safari in Yala national park here
4. Colombo city
Sri Lanka’s capital: a must-see. But not longer than 2 days. A few places we loved visiting were Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, Pettah market (really cool, local lively market) and Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque. Below you can see the mosque and a busy street around Pettah market. It’s overwhelmingly busy in this area, so be prepared.
5. Explore Galle
The beautiful city of Galle is situated on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast and is the perfect mix between traditional Sri Lankan atmosphere and a backdrop of Dutch historical buildings. The fort was one of our favourite places to visit (see picture below), from there you have amazing views over the city and the ocean. We also visited a local fish market.
You haven’t been in Sri Lanka if you haven’t been on a train ride! Despite travelling with 4 suitcases and 2 bags, we hopped on the train to get ourselves from Matara to Colombo and it was oh so worth the struggle. The train ride takes you along the shore, the jungle, local villages, it’s an experience like no other.
Photographer: Tatiane Kozijn | Instagram: @tatianekozijn
Location: Yala National Park, Sri Lanka