Hikkaduwa

The beach town of Hikkaduwa is an excellent example of a destination that operates around the clock. By day, it is a space for relaxation and water sports. By night, it transforms into a street lined with popular restaurants and bars along the coast. On every traveller’s itinerary, Hikkaduwa allows you to completely unwind with…

Galle Fort

In one of the languages of the country, Sinhala, ‘Galle’ comes from ‘galaa’ which means a place where cattle is reared. In Dutch, it originates from ‘gallus’ which means chicken. Which explains why the chicken is used as an emblem in many iconic parts that mark the Fort. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, the…

Insights with Malcolm Skinner

Malcolm Skinner was born to a Sri Lankan mother and Scottish father. In 2013, he started Bedspace, guest house and kitchen, with fellow chef, David Thomson. Regularly featured as the best place to eat in Unawatuna, the duo just launched their second venture, Bedspace Beach and Hopstars Restaurant. What makes Sri Lanka different to other…

Ella

Often compared to Nuwara Eliya, the more well-known tourist location in the hill country, Ella has similar terrain, with its surrounding slopes carpeted by tea plantations and its heights home to hauntingly beautiful cloud forests. However, Ella’s climate is milder and its afternoons warmer. It is no stranger to the hot midday sun, a detail…

Ohiya – a cool, beautiful mountain village

When holidays roll around, a common tendency in Sri Lanka is to pack up one’s bags and head for the hills, to escape the sweltering heat and dust of city life for a couple of days. Sri Lanka’s lush, green central highlands are a popular retreat for jaded city-dwellers, nature lovers, and foreign and local…

Ritigala

While many of the historical sites of the North Central province are usually overflowing with visitors on any given day, there is a beautiful stillness that hangs over the Ritigala archaeological site. Located at the foot of the looming Ritigala mountain, the monastery and ruins are wrapped inside the lush green expanse of the Ritigala…