Sri Lanka might not be the first place you think of when booking a holiday, but it’s a must see this year. Why? After reading this blog, you will understand.
Sri Lanka is one of the most interesting and exciting places I have ever seen. It’s a beautiful, chaotic and a mind-blowing place with a lot of culture, history and beautiful beaches. But when I went there, I really found it hard to know where I should be going. I wanted to find the beautiful places in Sri Lanka to enjoy my trip at its best. I found out by exploring, and these are 5 must sees!
The first place I would like to share with you is ‘Cafe Chill’ located in Ella. This quaint cafe, is the locals and tourists’ favorite spot. They serve both Sri Lankan and Western food and it looks like a hut, which makes it very cute and cosy. If you are hungry, the Sri Lankan and Western food will make your senses travel. Its roof is reminiscent of a hut, which makes of it the most cosy place to chill. There is free wifi if you need to connect with the homefront, but make sure you chill to the max! cafechillnescoffeeshop
Udawalawe National Park
I had the chance to visit this super cute baby elephant shelter. Honestly, I had never seen elephants outside of a zoo, so I found this really amazing. The park is very beautiful and they had so many baby elephants. Sri Lanka is home to around 3000 wild elephants, with around 250 in Udawalawe National Park. The park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals and a safe ground for them to breed. Book your safari here!
This is always one of my favorite spots. The beach. I am always really sad when I find a beach that is not nice, but Sri Lanka has a lot of beautiful ones. I couldn’t pick the one and only beach for you, so I listed my favorites for you. The beaches I liked the most were in Tangalle, Mirissa, Arugam Bay and Negombo.
I think one of the most famous things in Sri Lanka are the fish markets. You can find them anywhere. During my trip, I saw a lot of them, but it is really nice to see and really nice to get fresh fish everyday. If you are interested in buying fresh fish, I would recommend you to go in the early morning. During the day, the heat is really strong and the merchants don’t have devices to preserve their products. The best fish market I have seen was the main fish market in Negombo.
The Doctors House
The last place I want to share with you, is The Doctors House in Matara. This place is a 200-year-old former Dutch and Ayurvedic hospital which has been transformed into a bar. The place is next to the beach Madiha. The good vibes of the place, driven by the fun of the customers will make you want to stay there all day long. www.thedoctorshouse.lk
So will your next trip be to Sri Lanka?
*Michelle is one of our guest editors who lives in Amsterdam. She is a senior student on her way of becoming a media specialist. She’s got a big interest for design, writing and traveling. After exploring Amsterdam she wanted to discover more of the world. She’s not your typical typical tourist though, which is why she is always searching for the best local bars and restaurants! You can follow her on @michelle.debruin