Collected by Judith Reed
2 Galle Rd, Colombo 0300, Sri Lanka
Now and again, a sunset is more than just a sunset. Such is the case from the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo. One of the most relaxing places on earth to watch the sun go down - so long as there's plenty of malty Lion Stout at hand. The Galle Face...
Cheena Kotuwa, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
Sithuvili is a fantastic place to shop for traditional hand crafted Sri Lankan masks, among other goodies. Being that masks are one of the only things I collect on the road, it was a great place to explore. Part of the fun of finding Sithuvili is...
Milagiriya, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Artist Barbara Sansoni launched the brand Barefoot 40 years ago to showcase the island's master textile weavers. Stop by the Galle Road store (it's also a gallery and café) to browse colorful sarongs, scarves, table linens, and shoes. 706 Galle...
Hospital St, Colombo 00100, Sri Lanka
The recently renovated Dutch Hospital, a colonnaded 17th-century building in the Fort neighborhood, is now a hub for eating and shopping. Ministry of Crab serves fresh crustaceans in peppery sauces. Spa Ceylon sells oils, soaps, and bath gels made...
Kandy - Jaffna Hwy, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Entrance to a Buddhist museum at the foot of the hill housing the Dambulla Cave Temples in Sri Lanka. Although quite a hike up to the top, the physical exertion is worth it to see the 5 caves, which contain hundreds of statues and paintings of...
Koggala Lake, Sri Lanka
This older gentleman was carving cinnamon sticks out of the branches of a cinnamon tree in his hut on a small island in the middle of Koggala Lake, which we traveled to by motorboat. It was an absolutely amazing process to watch especially because...
Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
The ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best planned Archeological relic sites in the country, standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdom's first rulers. This is an image house built by King Parakramabahu the...
Fort, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
All of Galle Fort goes out to enjoy the sunsets: families walk the walls together; the little girls show-off their bright dresses and the young boys play ball. Tourists perch on roofs and balconies to watch the sun descend into the Bay of Bengal....
Hatton - Maskeliya - Dalhousie Rd, Sri Lanka
The church was built in 1878. The tombstones extend behind the chapel, the plots they guard lined with bricks. The scene is both morbid and beautiful with the sloping green fields of tea folding into the river in the background. The caretaker...
Polhena Beach, Sri Lanka
Stilt fishing is a tradition on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. The fishermen sit on a cross bar called a petta that tied to a vertical pole driven into the coral reef. The men fish with either rods or just string. The catch is either a variety...
Amaya Hills, Herrassagala, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
My favorite breakfast on earth is a Sri Lankan egg hopper. The hopper itself is a thin crispy crepe made by covering a round frying pan, deep but small in circumference, with a thin layer of batter. After the batter is swirled around the pan, an...
Marine Dr, Colombo, Sri Lanka
My boyfriend, Aruna, and I were halfway through our two month stay in Sri Lanka when he came down with a vicious stomach bacteria and fever. We left the beaches of the south coast and returned to Colombo, the hot-sticky capitol city, to rest at...
Colombo, Sri Lanka
The beautifully restored Dutch Hospital Precincts is a must a visit on your stay in Colombo. An actual 400 year old former hospital converted into a stunning precinct of restaurants and shops, including the Ministry of Crab, the top pick of the...
Kandy - Jaffna Hwy, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
The Golden Temple of Dambulla is a cave-temple complex which is very well-preserved with Buddhist mural paintings as well as statues in all five of its sanctuaries. The Temple is built on the base of the giant rock, is one of the most impressive...
Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sky Lounge, the rooftop bar at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo, has one of the best sunsets going in the city. Take your pick to accompany your sundowner: the sun as it dips into the Indian Ocean, or the panorama along the shore from the edge of...
AH 43, Talpe, Sri Lanka
We felt like we hit a vacation jackpot with this great restaurant/bar being right next door to our rented house. With a private beach, public pool and some of the best food we had in Sri Lanka, this spot is well worth the 10 minute tuk tuk ride...
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