When you think about Sri Lankan beaches you probably imagine picture-postcard shorelines of white sand, sapphire waters and low-hanging palm trees, and quite right too, because they are some of the finest beaches in the world. But what might come as a surprise is the effort that is going on behind the scenes to keep these beaches looking so bloody good.
For those like us who visit Sri Lanka and realise that 30 days is not enough time to see the sights, soak up the culture or enjoy the beaches, there is an option to extend your visa in person in Colombo for up to 6 months. We’ve gone through this process twice and it is a little confusing, so we’ve put together this article to share some tips on how to do it as smoothly as possible!
This might seem like a silly idea for an article – “one foot after the other” right? The hike up Ella Rock offers stunning views over the valley and great fun walking along the train tracks, but can be a little confusing if attempting on your own. You can hire guides in Ella or along the way, but we hope this post helps you if you want to attempt it on your own.
Sri Lankan tourism is heavily influenced by the two separate monsoon seasons that impact the island. This means that for most of the year, one half of the country is in ‘low season’, while the other is inundated with travellers from all over the world. In January as the crowd swelled and the prices kept rising on the South Coast, we decided to roll the dice and head East… it turned out to be a bloody good call.
Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean, is blessed with beautiful beaches all around the island. Between December and April, it is also blessed with spectacular weather on the South Coast due to the peculiarities of monsoon climate.
The secret is well and truly out, and now if you rock up expecting to be sitting by yourself on a stretch of golden sand with nothing but monkeys and coconuts for company, you might be in for a rude surprise.