Colombo, Sri Lanka’s buzzy commercial capital. Some parts raw and rustic, others significantly (and ever increasingly) more polished. While in years gone by luxury meant Colonial, a modern nuance has swept across the City in recent years.
For those who follow me over on Instagram, there’s no denying I have a soft spot for Jaffna. The truth is I love the North of Sri Lanka so much, I recently returned from a 2 week solo trip with the sole intention of completing a guide to help and inspire others on their travels too.
Let me begin by saying that I’ve quite literally travelled all across Sri Lanka solo in every way you could possibly imagine. From cars, trains and buses, I have a lot of first hand experience as both a tourist and a resident. From my first solo trip 2 years ago (I travelled with family prior to this for over 13 years) to the guesthouse where I’m writing this in Jaffna, I have learnt so much between then and now.
Remembering a time when there were just a couple of small cafes and one or two restaurants, the foodie scene has really flourished over the past couple of years in Galle Fort. With an evenly diffused combination of both local and ‘luxury’ shops & restaurants around every cobbled corner, more places have sprung up in the past few years…
Spectacular sunsets, golden sand powder, delectable sea-food platter and a crystal blue Indian Ocean are some of the words that come to mind, when you think of Sri Lanka. However, once you have scratched the surface of this island country, take a train ride from Colombo, the state capital to the lesser known regions of Sri Lanka and…
Article originally posted by Barbara of Jet-Settera, one of my fellow travel bloggers during a tour with the Sri Lankan Tourism Board.
There is some truly mouthwatering cuisine to be enjoyed amidst the ever growing restaurant scene in Colombo; from a diverse fanfare of international favourites to Sri Lanka’s specialty of rice and curry (both traditional and fusion), there’s something to stimulate everyones senses in the big city.
Tuk tuks, (also known as rickshaws, trishaws, three-wheelers) are ubiquitous across Sri Lanka in a kaleidoscope of colours, in fact, you’ll rarely walk far anywhere without being approached by a driver, especially in Colombo.
Fresh, local produce is plentiful and widely available in a variety of mouth-watering dishes across Sri Lanka. There are also likely to be many foods you haven’t tried or perhaps even heard of before which alone is one of the many highlights of visiting this beautiful country; making your joyful way through the diversity of indigenous foods & local cuisine.
Being ‘in the know’, what a wonderful thing. I find it a little daunting visiting a new country to begin with- as much as I want to partake in a couple of tourist related activities I don’t want to be sent on a full blown tourist trail without seeing a more authentic side to the country too.