A few years back me and my girlfriends decided to travel to an exotic destination and rather than choosing to travel in luxury, we chose to backpack across this tiny country and make all the arrangements on our own; spontaneously! besides the air tickets and our initial stay in Colombo and nothing else was planned.
We opted to travel on a budget and explore the local culture as much as we could. Sri Lanka is an exquisite travel option, to travel here you must be open to the diverseness of Buddhist and Tamil cultures and the gap of conversing that exists. it can get a little tough to explain in English to the local auto drivers and shopkeepers. The Sri Lankan rupee is slightly under the Indian rupee, however conversions are not too much of a problem.
The beaches are extremely beautiful and nothing like your typically crowded areas on cool summer evenings. We traveled in the end of the month of June so the monsoon was soon to be reaching the Lankan coast. The sky was partially clear and the sea breeze had freshness as it whiffed across us whenever we walked down the beach.