When I started this series, I really wanted to take you all on a journey of the many places we have been to, even if they were a few years ago. Today, I’m sharing pictures of our trip to Sri Lanka. It was a surprise birthday getaway for my husband! I feel like a short getaway is such a perfect way to celebrate birthdays! Or maybe, its me finding reasons to travel!! 😉 I am totally planning getaways for our birthdays this year… any suggestions?
We went to Sri Lanka with not much research in hand and no idea of what to expect! Not only did we get blown away by some of the most beautiful beaches, but the friendliness and resilience of its people is something we took back home with us. After years of civil war and a tsunami that completely destroyed the coastal areas of Sri Lanka, there is a spirit of growth and rebuilding. Our first stop was Colombo, where we stayed at the Galle Face Hotel. It was the perfect selection since it eased us into Sri Lanka’s colonial history, but with a modern twist. If you decide to stay there in the future, a tour of the museum is a must! It even has the carriage used for the British monarchy when they visited Colombo.
What to do in Colombo:
- Wander around the famed Paradise Road, stop for a coffee at the Paradise Road Gallery Cafe, browse through the art gallery and shop at the various stores on site! If you have time go to the other outlets of Paradise Roads for a larger assortment of goodies.
- A meal at the Ministry of Crab is a must! Its where cricket and Sri Lanka’s fresh produce come together!
- Another iconic store is called Barefoot. It has a great Garden cafe and a store with local linen and fabrics, clothes and other interesting finds. The theme at Barefoot represents what is spontaneous and in touch with the earth. All goods are local and made by local artisans.
- Try to get your hands on some amazing linen clothing by the brand Linen and Life. They have great quality dresses at great prices. The dress I’m wearing in the pictures in from them.
After spending a day in Colombo, it was off to Galle. We chose to take the longer route that drove us by the coast and through the various resort towns that came in the way. I totally recommend renting a chauffeur driven car and getting around. Renting a car for a few days is quite economical in Sri Lanka. The bonus was having a tour guide with us the whole way through. I have to admit, he was quite eager to tell one too many stores about the destruction caused by the tsunami and making sure we did not miss a single road side scene that reminisced about the destruction caused by the tsunami. I will agree though, that the drive really shows the resilience of the Sri Lankans.
An amazing colonial house built on an island, still standing strong after the tsunami.
On our way to our resort, we stopped at a turtle hatchery in Bentota. It was a great way to see the work the locals are doing to save these endangered sea turtles.
The rest of the trip will have to be continued next week, because this post has gone too long! Stay tuned for our travels through Galle, with a list of what to do and what not to miss there.