A complete guide to Galle, Sri Lanka

In your quest to visit Sri Lanka, you’ve probably heard a lot about the fascinating city of Galle. Known as the Gateway to the South, Galle is a colorful city located in the southern Province, rich in heritage and attractions, which was the prime reason for it being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.

Dominated by the Dutch over 300 years ago, that atmosphere still remains in the air when you visit the Fort area. The Galle Fort was a major administrative center during the European era, and lasted that way for more than 4 centuries, until the British shifted the hub to Colombo.

Galle Sri Lanka things to do

Today, wandering around the lanes of Galle Fort, you will find

  • stylish cafes
  • interesting boutique shops
  • revamped hotels

 

Galle Sri Lanka weather

The beaches in and around Galle are much loved by tourists and are crowded during the months in between October to April, which is when the monsoon moves northeast, leaving the southern coast free from rain.

Galle Sri Lanka Accessibility

Galle is a rather well developed town and has post offices, bus and train stations, convenience stores and communication offices. The southern expressway connects to Galle from Colombo and other popular towns, making Galle accessible within just an hour.

Attractions

Dutch Fort

Galle Dutch Fort

When it comes to preserving historical ruins, Sri Lanka has done a great job. One of the best examples of this is the Galle Dutch Fort, which is known as the best preserved sea fort in South East Asia. Once upon a time, it was the main port for ships sailing between Europe and the Eastern world. The fort itself displays amazing architecture with remnants that look like those in coastal areas of Portugal. The original entrance gate of the Fort still bears carvings of the Dutch East Indies Company.

While scrolling through this 90 hectare heritage site, you will feel an ancient charm in the atmosphere. Look around to find Dutch colonial villas, museums and antique shops. Don’t forget to eat all you can at the many restaurants and cafes that offer a wide variety of cuisines, juices, tea and coffee.

Dutch Reformed Church

Dutch Reformed Church

Amongst the many colonial buildings at the Dutch Fort, the Dutch Reformed Church is a remarkable highlight. Within the church premises, you will find ornately carved memorials of the Dutch settlers in ancient Galle. Being one of the oldest Protestant churches in the country, this is another one of those well preserved ruins. The inside of the church is decorated with beautiful honeycomb styled flooring and a stunning collection of stone carved tombstones embedded into the floors and garden. Beautiful stained glasswork, a vintage church organ from the 18th century and cane pews are more of the highlights seen inside this Church.

National Museum

National Museum Galle

Constructed in 1656, this is the oldest Dutch building in the Galle Fort premises. Opened to the public in 1986, the Galle National Museum exhibits a variety of archaeological and anthropological objects that were inherited in the southern region. There is also a massive collection of traditional masks, ornamental objects and ancient wooden carvings. To depict the livelihood of the Dutch in Galle, large water vessels, objects made of porcelain and weaponry used by the Dutch soldiers is also displayed here. This museum also plays an important role in education in the southern region of Sri Lanka.

Historical Mansion Museum

Historical Mansion Museum Galle

This is a private museum that houses amazing British Memorabilia. The Historical Mansion Museum has no entrance fee and has a lot in store for those interested in the country’s history. Along with maps, guns and artifacts, this museum also displays lace making and other traditional crafts. You can also visit the gems shop at the back of the museum for some traditional semi precious stones as well as souvenirs.

Galle Lighthouse

Galle Lighthouse

Built by the British in 1939, the 18 meter high lighthouse in Galle is also a popular attraction. Walk to the east end of the Dutch Fort to visit the lighthouse as well as a gem store next door run by the lighthouse keeper.

Not to miss:

Try your luck and talk the keeper into giving you permission to get to the top of the lighthouse for a breathtaking view of sea and land in South Sri Lanka.

Temples and Mosques

Buddhist Temple Galle Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has always been a multi-cultural island and the history of Galle also depicts the same. Peace Pagoda is one of the many Buddhist Temples in Galle along with the Meeran Jumma Mosque in the Arab section of the Fort. Originally built in 1750, the mosque looks very similar to a church, except that the domes are topped with crescents, not crosses.

Unawatuna Beach

Unawatuna Beach in Galle

The Unawatuna beach is becoming an increasingly popular beach attraction amongst tourists. The coast is lined with coconut palms, lovely turquoise waters and a fine selection of guesthouses and restaurants for the convenience of travelers.

Not to miss:

Located just 6kms away from Galle, the Unawatuna Beach is a lively location for a cheerful sunset drink and an all-night party.

Restaurants

India Hut

Indian Hut Galle

Craving Indian food in Galle? Grab a table at Indian Hut and enjoy a sunset meal at the edge of the Dutch Fort. Here you can indulge in authentic chicken tikka masala and other mouth watering Indian food at reasonable prices.

Rampart Hotel

Rampart Hotel Galle

What could be better than to enjoy a great meal with a great view in the great city of Galle? That’s exactly what Rampart Hotel offers. The friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere along with the splendid seascape compensates for the pricey menu, making it popular among tourists.

Seagreen Restaurant

Seagreen Guesthouse Galle

On the Fort Rampart Street in Galle, there is the Seagreen restaurant approximately 200 meters from the clock tower. This restaurant is popular for its quality sea food and amazing fresh fruit juices. It is a small and cozy restaurant that serves affordable food and the fried king prawns are a must try here! Owned by a friendly man who can arrange nearby excursions, visiting seagreen restaurant might actually turn out to be a good deal for couch surfers and the like.

Church Street Social

Church Street Social Galle

If fine dining is your type, Church Street Social is the place to be for a great meal in an air conditioned setting with formal colonial dining rooms and hip lighting to create an eclectic effect. The good thing here is that the menu has a wide variety so you can choose something like sandwiches and wraps or tuna sashimi or even some Moroccan lamb.

Royal Dutch Café

Royal Dutch Café Galle

Walk past the Royal Dutch Café where you will see a sign that says “Relax Zone” and this is indeed an ideal place to relax and enjoy the company of your friends or even the owner for that matter who has a whole lot of stories to tell! This small café has just four tables for seating indoors along with a few tables on the terrace giving you a view of Galle street life. In terms of drinks, The Royal Dutch Café has a wide range of flavored teas and coffees that you can enjoy while you relax. Apart from that you can enjoy a few authentic Lankan curries and some delicious banana pancakes if you drop by in the mornings.

Mama’s Galle Fort Café

Mama’s Galle Fort Café

You cannot go back home from a holiday in Sri Lanka without having tried an authentic rice and curry meal and Malini Perera and her team will give you just that at Mama’s Galle Fort Café. Their simple, yet much loved curries have really hit the spot with travelers for decades. They also offer cooking classes for those interested in learning the art of cooking.

A Minute by TukTuk

A Minute by Tuk Tuk

Reaping the benefits of the best location at the Dutch Hospital, this lovely café offers gorgeous bay views from its terrace tables and it also houses a small air conditioned interior for hot and humid seasons. A minute by TukTuk offers simple continental dishes like soups, salads, burgers, pastas, kids favorites and a few Lankan dishes as well.

Popular Hotels

Jetwing Lighthouse

Jetwing Lighthouse

Jetwing Lighthouse is one of the exclusive iconic works of the great Sri Lankan architect Sir Geoffrey Bawa. Located on the fringe of Galle city, this elegant hotel is a peaceful tropical retreat amidst the sun, sand and water of the southern coast of Sri Lanka.

Just like all other Jetwing hotels, this one too is known for its great service and delicious cuisines along with extra activities such as swimming pool, gym, spa and the likes.

Not to miss:

A drink with fantastic company at the hotel terrace overlooking a view of the gorgeous sunset.

The Fortress

The Fortress Resort Galle

An ideal spot for engagements, weddings and honeymoons, The Fortress Hotel in Galle is a luxurius escape for you and your loved one. The pristine beachfront of Koggala gives you a view of playful waves and tiny turtles cascading around on the shores. This luxury resort is done up in colonial style with a design that looks very similar to the Galle Fort.

Aditya Resort

Aditya Resort in Galle

Known as one of Sri Lanka’s finest and most distinctive boutique hotels, Aditya Resort has aimed at private, personalized service and a luxurious environment since its launch in 2006. An amazing highlight at Aditya Resort is that you can feel free to break the rules and live your way by having your meals at whatever time you want and arranging for your meal table to be set up anywhere you fancy! The peaceful atmosphere at this resort is one to cherish for a lifetime, making it an ideal location to begin your married life.

Not to miss:

A romantic meal on the beach arranged by the friendly chef at Aditya Resort.

Amangalla

Aman Resorts Amangalla

A part of the international franchise – Aman Resorts, Amangalla is a historic hotel in the heart of Galle fort. In its 140 years of existence as New Oriental Hotel, it exhibited Burmese teak floorboards, and a great verandah. All this as well as much of the original antique furniture has been cleverly restored at Amangalla, resulting in a classic colonial hotel offering guests spacious bedrooms, modern bathrooms, a swimming pool, and an exclusive ayurvedic spa including a marble-walled hydrotherapy room. Every room offers views of the historic fort, lined alongside the blue coastline of Sri Lanka.

Not to miss:

The secluded yoga and meditation pavilion located at the back of the property.

The Fort Printers

The Fort Printers

Staying at The Fort Printers is like living in an elegant 18th century mansion. The mansion was transformed into a small private hotel with 5 original suites and 2 villas added in 2013, and now has a total of 13 suites offering personalized service and a friendly atmosphere.

Not to miss:

Delicious breakfast spread and a visit to the Barefoot Boutique next door.

The Dutch House

The Dutch House

Located on a beautiful hill, yet so close to the city centre, The Dutch House redefines luxury accommodation in its finest sense. Initially built in 1712, this country house has only 4 suites and offers exclusive privacy to guests. You can relax and unwind at its English style tropical garden, tree top infinity pool or in the spacious living areas of The Dutch House. While on one side the Dutch antiques reflect well, the contemporary finish of this boutique hotel is also charming to the eyes.

Not to miss:

Choose this hotel for either the start or end of your holiday when all you want to do is “nothing” all day long.

Deco on 44

Deco on 44 Galle Fort

Within this historic city of Galle, Deco on 44 offers the perfect relaxed luxury accommodation for its guests. In the 1930s, a wealthy gem merchant built this hotel, which was then renovated, keeping in mind its original architectural theme.

Not to miss:

When strolling around this hotel, keep in mind that Deco on 44 is Sri Lanka’s only art deco hotel

Galle Fort Hotel

Galle Fort Hotel

Originally started out as a Dutch Villa in the 18th century, The Galle Fort Hotel has gone through a lot of restoration to bring it to a boutique villa standard while at the same time retaining its  cultural icon status. The restaurant boasts of deeply flavored sea food while the courtyard displays a tempting swimming pool. Each of the 14 suites has its own personality, giving each guest a unique experience.

Activities

Stilt Fishing

Stilt Fishing in Galle

Stilt fishing is a traditional technique used by fishermen in Galle Sri Lanka who cannot afford sophisticated fishing equipment such as boats and rods. Although times have changed over the decades, this traditional method has still remained and is now an activity that tourists like to try out. ‘Ritipanna’ is the Sinhalese term for this method of fishing that creates a scenic view along the southern coastline.

Water Sports

Water Sports in Sri Lanka

From surfing to jet skiing to banana boat rides to kite surfing and much more is available for a thrilling holiday in Sri Lanka’s southern coast, just a few kilometers from Galle city. So if you are up for some adventurous activities, don’t miss out on these water sports.

Turtle Watching

Turtle Watching Koggala

Don’t be surprised to find turtles wandering around the shores of the Galle, Unawatuna and Koggala beaches. For an up-close and personal encounter with turtles, you could visit the turtle hatcheries in the southern coast where new born turtles are pampered until they are strong enough to be let out into the deep sea.

Shopping

Souvenir Shops in Galle

Souvenir shops in Galle display antiques, art and lace as primary souvenirs along with semi-precious stones set in silver jewelry. Laces are also a popular item in Galle; some places also exhibit the way in which laces are made.

7 Best bucket list activities in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo is the heart of Sri Lanka, from where the entire country is governed. Situated on the western coast of the island, Colombo has a rich colonial heritage and includes a collection of religions and cultures.

The busy city is just 37.31km² in size, which explains the congested roads and street markets. Yet, Colombo has the capability of offering a wide selection of experiences from tuk tuk rides, street food, golf, Pettah market, shopping malls and high tea at one of the five star hotels beside the Indian Ocean.

While exploring the city, you will notice the contrasting landscapes: some areas where people reside in mansions with lush gardens and just the next street is probably occupied with urban slums. While one side of the road is lined up with fine dining restaurants and exclusive designer brands, the opposite end is lined up with street food options and small grocery shops.

Being in Colombo gives you a gist of what life is like for a normal urban Sri Lankan and here are some things that you should do while you are in Colombo.

  1. City tour

An exciting double decker bus awaits your arrival to take you around on a Colombo City Tour. You can get a glimpse of both old and new Colombo when you visit places like Independence square, Colombo lighthouse, National Museum, Colombo Fort, Crescat Boulevard, Pettah Market, Fruits & Vegetables Market, Independence Arcade, Gangaramaya Temple and much more.

  1. Seafood in Mt. Lavinia

This laidback suburb of Colombo gets its name from Lovinia, a dancing girl who had a secret affair with a Sri Lankan governor. The coastline of Mt. Lavinia is lined up with a collection of exclusive restaurants such as Loon Tao, Mount Grill, Governor’s Restaurant and Seafood Cove. These restaurants serve the best seafood and are a must-try for tourists in Sri Lanka.

  1. Spa Massages

Relaxing spa treatments are quickly gaining popularity as a form of leisure in Colombo. To cater to this demand, high end hotels and other private companies have introduced professional spa centers offering a variety of treatments from Swedish to Balinese to Shiatsu. Indulge in one of these at Azmaara Spa, Angsana Spa, Spa Ceylon, or Baan Thai Spa, and experience ultimate relaxation of mind and body.

  1. Sample the nightlife

Walk around the streets of Colombo at night and you will see a buzzing atmosphere with casinos, cafés to chill out, and you can try your luck at roulette or baccarat while partying until dawn at some of the coolest clubs in town. While you’re out exploring the streets, don’t forget to taste some Sri Lankan Kottu Rotti – an expert blend of sliced rotti mixed with veggies and your choice of meat.

  1. Tuk tuk ride

Also known as three-wheelers or auto rickshaws, tuk tuks are the backbone of transport in Sri Lanka. Not too expensive and a very convenient way to reach your destination quickly. For first timers in a tuk tuk, be sure to hold on!

  1. Gangaramaya Temple

This temple is one of the most esteemed temples in Sri Lanka and is beautifully decorated with exquisite brass work, stone carvings and other forms of Buddhist Art. The Temple complex also includes a museum, library as well as a residential hall.

  1. Shopping

Surprising one isn’t it? You are probably wondering what Sri Lanka has to offer in terms of “shopping” as a bucket list activity. Well the Pettah Market is the best place for textiles, lacing and authentic Sri Lankan spices. But for more comfortable shopping, and premium quality retail clothing, designer clothing stores are located all over Colombo – No Limit, Fashion Bug, Odel, as well as international brands such as Giordano, Levis, Mango, and more. In addition to clothing, handbags, footwear, household items and handicrafts are also great souvenirs from Colombo – Sri Lanka.

Best ways to enjoy a family day-outing in Sri Lanka

Sometimes you just want to put all your troubles away and spend some quality time with your family and feel good about it. While travel agencies may be able to help you with some interesting ideas and day tour packages, you could also plan the trip yourself depending on your family’s requirements.

One important thing to keep in mind for day outings is that the travelling time should be no more than 2 hours from your home; otherwise the trip gets quite stressful rather than relaxing.

Let us just brainstorm a few ideas here…

  • Bungalows/Hotels on the southern coastlineThe idea here is to enjoy a day outing with your family on one of the many beautiful beaches that Sri Lanka has to offer. There are some pros and cons of choosing a private bungalow or a luxury hotel for this trip:

    Bungalow:

    • Maximum privacy as there will be no one else apart from your family.
    • You have the whole place to yourself. Plenty of space to play, relax and unwind.



    Hotel:

    • Food spread is better as they cater to a larger number of people.
    • Quality of facilities is slightly higher.



For day outings, hotels and bungalows mostly charge a per person fee that includes food and access to facilities. As for facilities, both bungalows and hotels have access to the beach, swimming pool, changing rooms, bathrooms and garden space for outdoor activities. When looking for bungalows, inquire about the available facilities and menu options that they provide.

  • Bungalows/resorts in the hill country

This option involves total binding time with family along with some fun activities such as waterfall bathing and playing outdoors. Sri Lanka’s hill country has an abundance of holiday bungalows and resorts that are given out on rent for day packages. Some owners charge a fixed amount for the bungalow while you can take your own food and drinks. Some resort owners prefer to charge a per person rate that includes welcome drink, lunch, tea and access to all resort facilities.

Bungalows in these areas usually have a large garden where you can play any outdoor team sport with your family and friends. Some bungalows are located near waterfalls and streams so you can enjoy bathing there as well.

  • White water rafting in Kitulgala

White water rafting is an adventure-filled day outing that you can only opt for if your family members are all up for this kind of an activity. Drive to Kitulgala and stop at one of the many rafting joints where they will brief you in on available packages that include the rafting experience, access to changing rooms, as well as an authentic Sri Lankan lunch at a restaurant.

  • Explore the city of Galle

The Southern Expressway has made it very much easier for Colombo-iites to make a quick trip to Galle and back in a day. The historic city of Galle has much to offer in terms of food, culture and lovely beaches and is an ideal day outing option especially if you have to entertain guests from abroad. This trip does not require much planning except to make sure everyone keeps their schedules free on one particular date. Simply drive to Galle, explore the Galle Fort, have lunch anywhere you like, relax at an ice cream joint and dip in the water for awhile before heading back home.

7 reasons why you should not plan a FIVE day holiday in Sri Lanka

Well, the obvious answer is: Sri Lanka as a holiday destination has a lot on its plate for tourists.

How can you possibly cover city life, beaches, hill country, tea plantations, waterfalls, village life, history, culture, tradition and also have a relaxing holiday all in just FIVE days?

  1. Since the island is small, land space is minimum, highways are few, and travelling from one destination to the other takes quite some time.
  2. Travel agencies recommend at least 10-14 days in Sri Lanka if you want to go back home saying “I have seen Sri Lanka”.
  3. Even if you want to cover only the beaches in Sri Lanka, you need at least one week as you have to travel to the south, west, north and east coastlines for a perfect beach holiday.
  4. Sri Lanka has a long history and a very unique culture. If you are looking for a cultural holiday, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Kandy, Colombo, and Galle are a must visit. There itself you have 7 cities for which you need a minimum of 7 days to cover.
  5. An interesting option during your holiday would be to include an Ayurvedic treatment or a few days of yoga or meditation. But of course, with a 5 day trip, none of this would be possible.
  6. A nature stricken holiday in Sri Lanka would involve a visit to a few of the popular National Parks (Yala, Wilpattu, Minneriya, etc), as well as places like Knuckles Mountain Range, Adam’s Peak, Sinharaja Rain Forest, Ella, Nuwara Eliya and so on. 5 days will only let you cover a few of these places.
  7. Shopping is a must on every holiday! From Sri Lanka, you can take back souvenirs such as clothing, textiles, spices, semi-precious stones, tea, and much more. So in your five day trip do you plan to sightsee or shop? You surely can’t do both in such a short time frame!

Well, the bottom line is, FIVE days is just not enough! As much as you try to tightly schedule a tailor-made itinerary for a five day holiday in Sri Lanka, you will surely miss out on some important highlights of the country. Take our advice and be sure to schedule at least 10 days in Sri Lanka.

10 perfect camping spots in Sri Lanka for couples

Are you and your spouse one of those crazy nature lovers looking for an adventurous holiday in Sri Lanka? You’ve come to the right spot! From rainforests to jungles to tea estates to beaches to riversides, you decide where you want to camp for the night! If you are wondering whether you might have to compromise on comfort and luxury to get hold of this adventurous holiday, don’t sweat it. We have couple camping options in Sri Lanka to suit your requirements; be it a restricted budget or a luxury honeymoon.

Perks of going on a camping tour in Sri Lanka:

  • Soak yourself in a continuous cycle of eating, sleeping, bathing and walking around; all within the campsite itself.
  • Relax and be a part of the complete natural and wild experience.
  • Go in search of wild animals at your own convenience.
  • Explore the community life of traditional Veddah villagers.
  • Exclusive access to national park hotspots at times when animals are their own selves and day visitors are not around.

Camping does not have to be restricted to National Parks and a jungle surrounding. In Sri Lanka, there are interesting camping sites on the beach, amidst mountainous surroundings and amidst villages as well. Now let us discuss what the 10 best camping sites in Sri Lanka are, in no particular order.

1.     Yala National Park

Yala National Park

Imagine waking up to a surrounding where there is no soul visible and all you see is dense vegetation, rocky pools, freshwater lakes, a snaking coastline, and animals such as elephants, leopard, bear, crocodiles and more! You and your loved one can partake in nature eccentric activities such as bird watching and jeep safari, or simply relax in your luxury camp and enjoy the closeness to Mother Nature.

Best time to visit: May/June – September/October. Rainy season not advisable
Camping companies: Leopard Trails, Mahoora Tented Safari Camps, The Beach Camp, Yala Safari Camping. Most camps are equipped with luxury bedding, attached bathrooms and all the modern amenities so you don’t have to compromise on anything.

2.     Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu National Park

The fact that you are going to get an opportunity to live inside the oldest and largest National Park in Sri Lanka itself is probably giving you thrills of excitement right now! Wilpattu National Park is known for its endangered collection of elephants, leopard and the sloth bear. Out of about 1000 sloth bears remaining across the world, Wilpattu has a few of these. And don’t forget to capture the spectacular sceneries in front of which these wild animals are roaming around.

Best time to visit: February to October
Camping companies Wilpattu Safari Camp, Mahoora Tented Safari Camps, Leopard Trails and Wilpattu Safari Holiday are some popular companies offering top notch facilities for camping for couples in Wilpattu.

3.     Udawalawe National Park

 

Udawalawe National Park

When you say Udawalawe, the next thing that it is associated with is – Elephants. With over 31000 hectares of land, Udawalawe National Park is known for its 600-700 elephant population. What’s different at this park is that it serves as a transit home for injured or orphaned elephants are kept until they are treated and released back into their natural surroundings.

While catching a glimpse of elephant herds is not unusual here, don’t be surprised if you see other wild animals like the Sambar deer, monitor lizard, wild boar, jackals, toddy cats and many bird species as well.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year
Camping companies: Mahoora Tented Safari Camps, Athgira River Camping, Udawalawe Safari Camp – all offering high end couple camping facilities in Udawalawe.

4.     Veddha Village

Dambana Vedda Village

You cannot say you’ve been to Sri Lanka without having experienced the oldest and rarest culture and civilization in the country. Dambana is a remote jungle village located in the hill country of Sri Lanka, where inhabitants have a culture that is deeply rooted in them from their ancestors. These traditions and customs followed for years and years and are still seen today.

Couples can enjoy very interesting camping experiences here as they can meet these people, relish their wonderful cuisines, and get to know more about their culture and living styles.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year
Camping Companies: Sri Lanka Expeditions

5.     Belihuloya River Camping

 

Belihuloya

Belihul Oya is a unique climatically transitional area that connects the dry and wet zones of Sri Lanka and consists of moist semi-evergreen forests, montane temperature forests, tropical savanna forests and dry grasslands.

Another highlight in Belihul Oya is a natural rock pool where two streams meet and create a natural bathing area with clear and unpolluted water. While at this one-of-a-kind campsite, feel free to try activities such as canoeing and trekking with your loved one.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year
Camping Companies: River Garden Resort – Semi luxury camping

6.     Kitulagala Forest Reserve

 

Kithulgala

Only for the true nature lovers: enjoy an adventure filled camping holiday in Kitulgala with your partner. Camping here means you get to wake up to the sounds of birds chirping and water flowing from nearby waterfalls. Kitulgala is the wettest zone in all of Sri Lanka and is the base for white water rafting. Hence you can partake in fun activities such as white water rafting, trekking, nature trails, bird watching, cycling, river expeditions, swimming in waterfalls, confidence jumps and much more.

Best time to visit: January to April
Camping Companies: Adventure Base Camp, Borderlands and Go Kitulgala, all providing decent and comfortable camping accommodation.

7.     Sinharaja Rainforest

 

Sinharaja Rainforest

Did you know that Sinharaja Rainforest is a UNESCO named World Heritage Site? Now, of course, you must visit Sinharaja Rainforest! Imagine the peace and tranquil of sitting down on a mat in the middle of the forest during one of your nature trails and enjoying a tasty lunch with your spouse and no one else around to disturb your privacy. This popular biodiversity hotspot has a wide range of birds, trees, insects, reptiles, amphibians and mammals that you must explore during your camping trip.

Best time to visit: January to April, August to October
Camping Companies: Sinharaja Adventure Resort, Trip Peaks Camping Site, Mahoora Rented Safari Camps.

8.     Ella Rock

Ella Rock

Explore the beautiful Ella Rock while trekking hand in hand with your spouse and rest for the night at one of the many comfortable camping sites available in Ella. It might be a good idea to take a guide along with you so you don’t get lost on the way. Don’t forget to be at the “Ella Gap” one morning for breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, all the way down to the southern coast!

Best time to visit: Throughout the year
Camping Companies: Ella Sky Camp, Guru Guru Camp, Ella Camping

9.     Knuckles Mountain Range

 

Knuckles Mountain Sri Lanka

Explore another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka, which is a refreshing escape from the hot and humid weather. What you will see around your campsite at Knuckles are dense tea plantations and thick forestations that are home to flora, fauna and reptiles that reside only in these mountains. Enjoy treks, night safaris and fun filled mountain adventures to make your couple camping holiday a memorable one.

Best time to visit: March to October
Camping Companies: Knuckles Forest Lodge and Camp Site, Sri Lanka Eco Camping, Mahoora Tented Safari Camps.

10.Kalpitiya Beach

 

whale-watching

Mountains and jungles are not the only place where camping memories can be made. Try camping on Kalpitiya beach (west coast), on the shores of one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka. Indulge in a completely different atmosphere of waking up to the sound of crashing waves and getting the best view of sunrise and sunset while resting in the arms of your partner. In Kalpitiya you can go on jeep safari rides amidst the sand dunes to catch unique views of the sunset. Canoeing, dolphin watching, kite surfing and other water sports are a must here.

Best time to visit: October to May
Camping Companies: Kalpitiya Dolphin, Kalpitiya Luxury Beach Camp, Bar Reef Resort – luxury camping.