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Location: Colombo

Day 1 - 21 Feb 2020

Fort

Colombo, Fort

Content: Watch your first sunset in the country from the walls of fort Colombo.

Hostel at Galle Face

Colombo, Hostel at Galle Face

Content: Colombo has lots of budget friendly options for travelers to use as a home base for exploring many of the southern beaches.

Location: Colombo

Day 2 - 22 Feb 2020

Colombo

Colombo, Colombo

Content: After you arrive in Colombia you can use the buses to get around the city. You’ll also use these buses to get from beach to beach on this list. Just stand near the road to hail them.

Red Mosque, Colombo 11

Colombo, Red Mosque, Colombo 11

Content: Along this shopping street you’ll find lots of fun wares as well as the red mosque. You could spend the whole day eating and shopping in this market.

Pillawoos Hotel

Colombo, Pillawoos Hotel

Content: This is the best Kottu in Colombo. Grab a plate to share and some fresh lime juice to wash it down. Also it’s not a “hotel” per say. Very authentic local restaurant.

Location: Colombo

Day 3 - 23 Feb 2020

Colombo Lotus Tower

Colombo, Colombo Lotus Tower

Content: You can also get around the city via train. Be sure to check out the lotus tower while you’re exploring.

Suhada Snack Bar

Colombo, Suhada Snack Bar
Colombo, Suhada Snack Bar

Content: A great example of Sri Lankan street food.

Location: Tangalle

Day 4 - 24 Feb 2020

Mermaid Cabana

Tangalle, Mermaid Cabana
Tangalle, Mermaid Cabana

Content: A family-friendly beach area with lovely beachside restaurants and cheap treehouse cabanas. We booked the cheap regular room but if it’s available you should spring for the treehouse.

Location: Tangalle

Day 5 - 25 Feb 2020

The Lounge

Tangalle, The Lounge
Tangalle, The Lounge

Content: A great French restaurant for after you spend the day on the beach. You take a fun little man-powered raft across the moat at high tide.

Silent Beach

Tangalle, Silent Beach

Content: This teeny local spot is one of the rare beaches that’s good for swimming in the area. Great to watch the sunset. The walk through the jungle is nice too.

Location: Tangalle

Day 7 - 27 Feb 2020

Goyambokka Beach

Tangalle, Goyambokka Beach

Content: Another amazing beach for a long lovely beach day

Location: Matara

Day 8 - 28 Feb 2020

Hiriketiya Beach

Matara, Hiriketiya Beach
Matara, Hiriketiya Beach

Content: My favorite beach in Sri Lanka. Best restaurants on the shore and also great for learning to surf.

Location: Dikwella

Day 8 - 28 Feb 2020

Café Taprobane

Dikwella, Café Taprobane
Dikwella, Café Taprobane

Content: The perfect authentically Sri Lankan lunch spot. Food was tasty and super cheap. But also pretty basic.

Location: Matara

Day 8 - 28 Feb 2020

Garlic Cafe

Matara, Garlic Cafe
Matara, Garlic Cafe

Content: Eat dinner here. It’s the busiest place in town and the all you can eat Sri Lankan buffet can’t be beat.

Location: Mirissa

Day 9 - 29 Feb 2020

Little Tuna

Mirissa, Little Tuna

Content: Good not great sushi. But the best you’ll get in Sri Lanka.

Parrot Rock Bridge

Mirissa, Parrot Rock Bridge
Mirissa, Parrot Rock Bridge

Content: The best sunset spot. Only accessible via low tide unless you want to wade through the waves.

No. 1 Dewmini Roti Shop

Mirissa, No. 1 Dewmini Roti Shop

Content: AMAZING FOOD. & the nicest owners. Definitely worth the walk.

Location: Mirissa

Day 10 - 1 Mar 2020

Raja & the Whales

Mirissa, Raja & the Whales
Mirissa, Raja & the Whales
Mirissa, Raja & the Whales
Mirissa, Raja & the Whales
Mirissa, Raja & the Whales

Content: Spend your early morning watching for grey and fin whales with this amazing tour company. They are the only ethical choice in the area for whale watching.

Secret Beach Mirissa

Mirissa, Secret Beach Mirissa

Content: Not much of a secret and pretty Rocky. But it’s a nice walk and a scenic beach.

Coconut Tree Hill

Mirissa, Coconut Tree Hill
Mirissa, Coconut Tree Hill

Content: Come early or late for sunrise/sunset and get photos without loads of people in them.

Location: Matara

Day 11 - 2 Mar 2020

Polhena Beach

Matara, Polhena Beach
Matara, Polhena Beach

Content: Rent snorkel gear here to get up close to turtles and sting rays.

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Day 11 - 2 Mar 2020

Unawatuna Beach

, Unawatuna Beach

Content: Another great surf beach in the region.

Location: Galle

Day 12 - 3 Mar 2020

Galle Dutch Fort

Galle, Galle Dutch Fort

Content: Explore the fort, shopping district and lighthouse area. Galle is on the water but not super beachy.

Location: Negombo

Day 13 - 4 Mar 2020

Negombo Fish Market

Negombo, Negombo Fish Market
Negombo, Negombo Fish Market
Negombo, Negombo Fish Market

Content: Come at sunrise to watch all the fish get laid out from the hundreds of boats that come ashore. Quite the spectacle.

Sameeha Family Restaurant

Negombo, Sameeha Family Restaurant

Content: Great cheese Kottu.