Diana’s South Sri Lanka Favorites
Diana Basto Ferreira is a surfer. And a chef. Oh yea, she travels too. So to sum it up, she is pretty much our dream girl. Diana recently moved to the Southern coast of Sri Lanka to help our friends at Sunshine Stories open Weligama’s new hotspot Ceylon Slider’s Cafe. This is her travel advice for Southern Sri Lanka! Definitely check out her beautiful blog full of stories and recipes :: In The Mood For Food (click for link)
Southern Sri Lanka Favorites
by Diana Ferreira
I lost count of how many people asked me for traveling tips in Sri Lanka during my stay. But from all the westerners that lived with me there I’m probably the one that did less things and explored the least. Mostly because it wasn’t my first trip to this island. I travelled here many, many years ago, like in another life, with my parents. So more than a guide of what to do or how to make the most of your stay, consider this as a list of the favourite things I did, saw and enjoyed on the Southern Province!
I can’t describe the feeling that I got every time I scootered down the road to Madiha Beach. Seeing the light blue water in between the trees was instantly refreshing and soothing to my soul. Madiha is a quiet area with beautiful villas and houses, surrounded by palm trees (what else?!) and an occasional pine tree nearer to the beach. The beach itself is small but nonetheless one of the most beautiful in the area. There’s a reef formation a few meters from the beach that makes delightful natural pools with calm waters and lots of sea life. A stop by either Coffee Point and the Doctor’s House is mandatory, both places with a great vibe, food and drinks.
Surfing made my days! I was so lucky to have one of the best longboard spots just a couple of minutes away from home and work: a reef break, called Fisherman’s Reef, right in front of where the fishermen anchor their boats (duh!), with the easiest, mellower and longer right I’ve ever surfed. It was a busy spot, but I realised that the best time to go there was on Sundays, very early in the morning, when all the other surfers were sleeping and tired from the Saturday night parties. There are other spots obviously, and you can read about them here, but Fisherman’s was surely my backyard.
Extra tip: a stop in Colombo will certainly be on your itinerary so make sure you don’t miss a visit to Cafe Kumbuk or Black Cat, two oasis in the middle of this caotic city.