Five best beaches in Sri Lanka away from the crowds 

From Hikkaduwa to Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka keeps its most beautiful beaches well hidden. Here are our favourite five beaches in Sri Lanka away from the crowds.

Hiriketiya

Hidden along the south coast, amongst swaying palms and clifftops, this secluded cove is ideal for surfers, although only hardy surfers would dare to approach the rougher waves at the edges of the inlet.

Also known as the “Blue Beach”, Hiriketiya remains off-the-radar due to its small size and remote location. The clear blue water is shallow and protected by two headlands and is great for a refreshing dip. This secret clove is now rapidly becoming more known as Conde Nast Traveller has named it the latest nomad hotspot in Sri Lanka.…

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Fighting the Galle Fort jams

Why Sri Lanka’s famed Fort needs fewer vehicles
The archway at one of the entrances to the Galle Fort
Photo credit: Sean Stephen

The Galle Fort is a treasure trove of history, beautiful cobbled streets and well-restored buildings. And amongst these narrow streets flanked with quaint eateries, gem merchants and local art shops, there are also a lot of vehicles that do the rounds. So, if you are someone who prefers to walk around the Galle Fort to take in the charismatic aura of this 16th century Dutch stronghold, you’ll soon realize that the number of four-wheelers and three-wheelers is excessive.…

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Rock Villa strikes gold at Tourism Awards Ceremony

Rock Villa by Taru Villas, a 170-year-old Sri Lankan wallawwa set on a two-acre coconut grove bordering the Indian Ocean off Bentota, was recently named the Best Boutique Villa at the Sri Lanka Tourism Awards held in December.

With an offering of 6 rooms varying from Deluxe to Suites, Rock Villa oozes class and timeless character at every turn, creating a haven for guests. Rooms and common areas are decorated with Dutch-period antiques and soothing soft furnishings, blending a calm and inviting aura to the villa. The property also boasts direct beach access over a single track railway line at the end of the garden, so it’s worth keeping an eye if you do travel with kids.…

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Taste of Jaffna: my top 5 Jaffna restaurants in Colombo

 
Food plays a huge role in Sri Lanka, whether it’s the traditional rice and curry or the evening favourite short eats, the streets of Colombo are teeming with various cuisines. While on a walk around the city, you’re bound to come across a Chinese restaurant (with a Sri Lankan twist to it), a ‘bath kade’, which translates to rice shop, among other eateries in almost every corner, and every once in while you’ll see a restaurant that serves Jaffna styled food. “What is Jaffna?”, I hear you ask. Hold on to your fish and chips, things are about to get spicy.…

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