My 3-week trip to Sri Lanka last September was such a dream. I was in need of a tropical escape, but I found much more than coconut trees lining endless beaches. Having visited the southern half of the so called “India’s tear” during shoulder season, I enjoyed the peace and quiet from a cute tree house in Tangalle, I learnt to cook delicious Sri Lankan curry in Ella, I went on an amazing safari at Udawalawe National Park, I took an epic (and looong) train ride to Kandy, I had the best ayurvedic massage in Colombo, I enjoyed the surf scene at Arugam Bay and I spent the last few days on a yoga retreat in the middle of nowhere. This is a visual diary of an unforgettable trip.
Packing essentials (for a health nut): healthy snacks for the plane as I don’t eat plane food; some superfoods such as hemp seeds to complement my diet, especially because it was a long trip and I didn’t know how much variety I was gonna get; probiotics to protect my stomach from any issues related to diet changes; vitamin B12, a supplement I take regularly; herbal tea plus toilet bag basics for a tropical destination.
Colombo. The Red Mosque and sunset at Galle Face are a must, although one day at the capital is probably enough. There are better things to discover heading south.
Galle. Wandering around Galle’s fort and discovering cute little artisan shops, art galleries and boutique cafés is the best plan.
Tangalle. Happy relaxing days walking on the deserted beach (right next to my beloved tree house), having breakfast with the best ocean views and feeling grateful for every moment from my dreamy little balcony overlooking the jungle.
Yep, that’s the tree house that made me feel like a tropical princess.
I mean… everything was too cute in this place, can’t wait to be back.
Udawalawe National Park. I went on an early morning safari and spotted a few elephants and plenty of other wildlife just waking up. Such a peaceful tour!
Ella. A touristy town located in Sri Lanka’s High Lands, famous for its beautiful verdant landscapes, its Nine Arch Bridge and as a departure point for epic hikes.
In Ella I took a cooking class, where we learnt to cook eight different types of Sri Lankan curry. So worth it!
Ella to Kandy train ride. This is considered the best train journey in the world. Travelling by train in Sri Lanka is already one of a kind experience, for the good and the bad: very cheap fares, super friendly locals trying to help, giving you snacks, singing and dancing to make it more fun… but also super slow jam-pack trains, no air con, no sitting. Although the Ella to Kandy ride is long (it takes about 7 hours), you can’t beat the views.
Arugam Bay. One of the best spots to catch some waves in Sri Lanka, with plenty of surfing schools and chill vibes all around.
Sri Yoga Shala
. Another dreamy location in the middle of the jungle, near Unawatuna, perfect for a yoga retreat. Staying at Sri Yoga Shala
was the best way to wrap up an incredible trip