Taste of Sri Lanka: the best hotels for foodies

 
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Sri Lankan cuisine is very distinctive, an exotic blend of tastes and aromas enriched by ethnic diversity and centuries of interaction with outside settlers, including the European colonial powers. From rice and curry – a meal with a deceptively simple name that incorporates seven separate dishes, from curries to sambols – to the ever-popular string hoppers served hawker-style on the streets, something to please everyone can be found here.
 
Sri Lanka has long been known for its spices, which Sri Lankan people use liberally in their dishes. Visit a spice garden and see how some of them are grown and processed, including clove, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, mace and pepper – and other favourites such as chocolate and vanilla.…

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Escape to the West Coast of Sri Lanka for Christmas

 
 
Escape the Christmas crowds…
 
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Christmas in Sri Lanka is magical, whether you’re trekking through the tea-covered Hill Country, climbing to the top of Sigiriya Rock Fortress or sipping a cocktail on the beach and watching the sun sink into the sea. Peak season begins in December and runs all the way through to April. As the glorious sunshine sets in, tourists flock to this teardrop island for a taste of heat, beauty and relaxation.
 
Choosing to visit the west and north-west coasts in December and January is an easy way to guarantee yourself a quiet Christmas break without compromising on your experiences of the island.…

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5 things not to miss in Arugam Bay

 
1. Surf Points
 
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When you arrive at Arugam Bay, you will quickly realise that it is surfers paradise. Its laid-back, down-to-earth atmosphere and myriad of people wandering along the main street carrying surf boards makes that fact hard to miss. There are several surf points around the beach town, ranging from those suitable for beginners to ones which will challenge the more experienced surfer.
 
 
2. Hideaway
 
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Red Dot Tours’ longstanding favourite accommodation in Arugam Bay, this quirky guesthouse envelops you in tranquility the moment you step through the door. The beachy bar area is scattered with a variety of comfy seating and happens to serve the best food in town, as well as a wide range of interesting drinks.…

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Sri Lanka’s top ten beaches

 
When living in a tropical island, you tend to run out of names for the many shades that you come across along the coastline. Turquoise, aqua, sapphire, deep blue, green – these are just some of the colours your eyes get accustomed to when travelling in Sri Lanka.
 
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As an island in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is abundantly gifted with seas of different colours and tides and incredibly diverse marine life. The sandy beaches around the island vary from white soft sand to brown-tinged minerals. As a result of this diversity, travellers have a wide choice of beaches to visit, depending on when / where they are in Sri Lanka.…

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