# 5 Galle fort
Galle is a beautiful Dutch town in the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Cobbled streets, tiny cafes, shops selling local artefacts and souvenirs – will certainly remind you of Europe. We took a walk around the Galle fort, which is a UNESCO heritage site. You cannot miss the lighthouse standing tall. Easily you can spend a day in Galle exploring the town and Dutch architecture at leisure.
# 6 Hikkaduwa beach
If you like clean and isolated beaches, then they have to be the Sri Lankan beaches. Drive across the coastline with sparkling clean roads with restaurants and cafés around calls for a romance. In spite of being the most popular beaches, I was surprised by the cleanliness and maintenance. You must give it to them for the dedication and way the government has taken it up! It is a heaven for those who enjoy surfing and water sports. You can even learn scuba diving if you are interested. All through the coastline, you will sight traditional stilt fishermen in their popular stance doing their job. It has now become so commercial that the wives of fishermen wait for people to come and get paid to capture the pictures of fishermen in their unique posture! You should certainly buy a souvenir of a stilt fisherman as a memory.
# 7 Turtle hatchery, Kosgoda
Sri Lanka is known for turtle population. The turtle hatcheries work on conserving turtles. Most of the newborn turtles won’t make it to sea as they get gobbled by fish, birds and sadly by humans for their treat. In order to preserve the turtles and hatch them, the turtle hatcheries on the coast around Bentota and Kosgoda claim to protect sea turtle eggs and provide shelter where they incubate the eggs. The baby turtles stay in tanks for a while and are then released in the sea in night.
Colombo has lot more to it. Since we just had 2 days, we decided to leave the rest for the next visit!
Spice gardens, temples, tuk-tuk, waterfalls, antique shops, jewellery stores specialised in jems are some of the things you should not miss while you are in the city.
It’s the people of Sri Lanka that make it the place it is – warm and welcoming. Never you will feel you are in a foreign land because of the warmth showered by the people. You can smell and feel the influence of Buddhism that clearly reflects in people in their conduct. Inspite of what Tsunami did to the lives of people in Sri Lanka, I feel it’s their strong religious belief that has given them the strength and courage to withstand and held them together. Something that I learned from Sri Lanka! No matter what happens, stick to your beliefs and be grounded. This shall too pass.
Whether it is the ancient architecture of Buddhist temples, tropical jungle safaris, pristine white sand beaches, lush green tea estates, Sri Lanka has it all. Most importantly, it the people that definitely calls you back! Sri Lanka really is a land of contrasts.
My recommendation is to have a minimum of 1 week each devoted to cover the North and Central regions. And one week to cover the South region.
In my next blog, I have shared experience of my stay in Kandy, the mystical hill country of Sri Lanka.
Until next time!