Sri Lanka

The gems of this large and beautiful isle are spread far and wide: from its chaotic west coast capital Colombo to the fabulous villas and beach bangalows in the south, as well as the world heritage-listed Dutch colonial Galle Fort; cooler tea plantations, hill stations and ancients, sacred cultural triangle towards the centr.; unspoilt beaches and sights for the intrepid in the north and east, as well as elephant and leopard-spotting in the deep south. Friendliness, extraordinary service and unbeatable value for money. Sri Lanka has it all!


Home to more than two million people, Sri Lanka’s capital is a riot of color, colonial grandeur and a cosmopolitan dining scene. I don’t know if it is the fact that I traveled around Sri Lanka before I went to Colombo but I actually thought it was more developed than I expected.


Tintagel: lavishing 10 individually designed suites, a pair of restaurants, a sultry bar and a lap pool on its solace-seeking guests, the centrally-located hotspot is the city’s sexiest retreat. From $250. 65, Rosmead Pl /Col 7/0114602121
The Wallawwa: an old colonial manor house, has been lovingly restored to provide 14 beautifully furnished rooms and suites. From $205. Minuwangoda Rd/Opatha/Kotugoda/0112281050


Curry Leaf: excellent Sri Lankan cuisine offering authentic local fare, like string hoppers and rotti. Hilton Hotel/2 Sir Chittampalan A Gardiner Mw/Col 2/0112492492
Mango Tree: North Indian cuisine with excellent dishes and service. 82 Dharmapala Mawatha/Col 3/0115879790
The Lagoon: choose your fresh catch from the ice-counter and watch it get cooked any way you like in excellent flavors! Best fish restaurant in town with amazing service. Cinnamon Grand Hotel/77 Galle Rd/Col 3/0112437437
The Gallery Cafe: one of my favourite places to eat and shop in Colombo. Definitely the most stylish cafe/restaurant in Colombo often crowded with beautiful people! The food is very good, mostly international with some local dishes and a dessert buffet to die for. Best for drinks, lunch, art and retail too. 2 Alfred House Rd/Col 3/0112582162


Barefoot: it is worth a visit to this haven of hand-dyed, handwoven fabrics , home and tableware. 706 Galle Rd/Col 3/0112505559
Paradise Road Studio: housing a collection of chic lifestyle. 12 Alfred House Gardens/Col 3/0112506844


Spa Ceylon: Ayurveda and 90 min ultimate massage. Crescat Boulevard, G8B, 77 Galle Road, Colombo 3, 0115544398


A jaw-dropping fortress crammed with colonial flashbacks is a the heart of cosmopolitan Galle, a fishing town of 100,000 people on Sri Lanka’s south-west coast.Galle, a fishing town of 100,000 people on Sri Lanka’s south-west coast.


Kahanda Kanda: totally indulgent hideaway hotel with five treasure-filled rooms in sleek pavilions, in 10-acre tea plantation just 15 minutes from the beach. From $300. Angulugaha/Galle/0912286717
Amangalla: immaculately restored historic, colonial thirty-room. Amangalla provides for the leisury exploration of this historic trading port and the surroundings countryside. From $525. 10 Church st/Galle Fort/0912233388
The Sun House: explore, relax and indulge in this beautiful, tranquil retreat with only five rooms. From $175. 18 upper Dickson Rd/Galle/0914380275


Amangalla: the town’s fanciest rice and curry on the airy patio of Amangalla Hotel. 10 Church st/Galle Fort/0912233388
Sun House: this elegant hilltop country house serves delicious curry spreads. 18 upper Dickson Rd/Galle/0914380275
Kahanda Kanda: excellent fusion cuisine peppered with Thai flavours served in a setting that feels like a peaceful private residence. Angulugaha/Galle/0912286717
Galle Forte Hotel: deliciously spiced food, home churned ice-creams and cracking coffees are served in serene and sociable surroundings. 28 Church street/Galle Fort


Galle Fort is compacted and best explored on foot
If you want to swim the prettiest sliver on the south coast is Mirissa , 40 min outside Galle, Bentota on the west coast, useful for water-skiing and windsurfing, Wijaya Beach, safe for swimming and snorkelling


Stroll on Church street for nice shops with home and table ware and beautiful colorful saris


A former royal capital and home of famous festival the Perahera, inland Kandy is the beating heart of the Hill Country


The Kandy House: seductive boutique hotel in Kandy’s leafy outskirts,effortlessly purveys intimate luxury. It blends minimalist lines with atypical antiques with eight individually designed rooms. The restaurant serves up top-notch Sri Lankan and Asian food. From $265. Amunugama Walauwa, Gunnepana, Gunnepana
Glingendael: a five suite quirky colonial B&B , From $450. Victoria Golf & Country Resort, Coconut Hill, Rajawella


the Temple of the Tooth and the tropical Peradiniya Botanic Gardens

Hill Country

The Hill Country is a cool, lush oasis of emerald tea groves peaks dotted with colourful sari-clad tea-pluckers and white louvered tea factories.


Ceylon Tea Trails: elegant boutique villas in lakeside Bogawantalawa Valley in the Hill Country. Ideal for walking off all-inclusive gourmet meals. A visit to the tea factory is a must!

Culture Triangle

Stunning painted caverns, mountain citadels and big Buddhas . You need at least two days to see it.


Yala National Park: if you go down in the woods you will see elephants, deer, crocks, monkeys and leopards. If you want to do it in style Kulu Safaris are the best!
Whitewater Rafting: situated 60 min from Colombo with return transfer included . Adventure Asia/0115868468

Sri Lanka Tips

– Hiring a car with driver may be the best option to see Sri Lanka
– If you have time visit Chilaw city just for the fish market, it really worth it
– It is great experience if you want to use train instead car to visit Kandy from Colombo
– If you don’t want to stay in Hill Country you can visit it on your way from Colombo to Kandy
– It is a must to visit a tea factory

getting there

From Dubai with Emirates or from Abu Dhabi with Etihad

You may also like

Most Popular


Pumpkin tortelli recipe

Halloween is way over but pumpkin season is not! I never used to like pumpkin, mainly because I hated “kolokotes” (Cypriot pumpkin pastries), but then after randomly having pumpkin bread, pumpkin pies, pumpkin ravioli...
Read more