Blog and Stories with Locals Experiences
Itinerant Notes is a guide to the island of Sri Lanka. We write blog posts and articles about traveling, food, accommodation, most un-touched places and many more. Any one is welcome to join to our community and share thoughts.
Pahanthudawa Waterfall - Sri Lanka
Another iconic destination in Belihuloya is Pahanthudawa, a waterfall that would be mesmerizing to anyone who visits in the fall. The name “Pahanthudawa” was given because of the shape of the base pool which resembles the shape of a clay lamp....
Jungle Beach, Rumassala
Every one of you may already know that Sri Lanka is famous for 3S’s. Yeah, it is Sea, Sand, and Sun. Our wonderful tropical island got the most beautiful sandy beaches in the world and many tourists visit Sri Lanka to experience this beauty. However, this beach is quite different as it is hidden from a jungle that covered the hill.
Arugambay Beach - One of the best surfing destinations in the world
Arugambay beach is one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka and also called Surfers’ Paradise as it is one of the best-surfing destinations in the world. Initially, Arugambay was an isolated bay on the East coast and later it was attracted by traveling surfers, and boom! Now surfers around the world come and enjoy the waves in Arugambay to an extent that it has become a destination where surfing competitions are organized. Many events are held each year under the patronage of the Sri Lanka Tourism Authority to promote this beach and in 2019 Sri Lanka held Regional World Tourism Day Celebrations in Arugambay on 29th September in parallel to World Surf League (WSL) 2019.
Ever wanted to have a lazy beach holiday in a less crowded beach without water sports, crowded shops, packed tourists all the way, and nightlife? Then here you are… Tangalle beach is one of the calmest and peaceful small beach towns in Sri Lanka which is situated farthest in the South Coast. If you ever want to spend your holiday while reading a book watching the sunset, playing beach volleyball, going an evening walk, listening to music while dipping in the ocean from time to time, or sunbathing with no hustle environment around, spend your days in Tangalle beach and you’d love the atmosphere there.
The Spectacular Unawatuna Beach
Unawatuna is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Sri Lanka and is the most “famous” beach in the country. It is a lovely banana-shaped beach of golden sand and turquoise water, surrounded by green palm trees! Behind the beach, in between palm trees, is Unawatuna center. It is basically one street full of small nice restaurants and shops selling souvenirs, clothes, water, jewelry and so on. It will give you a vibe of a completely different surrounding where you could see tourists walking around and having a cup of hot coffee in small cafes or shopping in street shops. The beach is popular with tourists, and part of the beach is occupied with sunbeds for rent.
Hiriketiya Beach – The recent discovery to the South Coast
The stunning horseshoe-shaped bay has quickly become one of the top beaches in Sri Lanka, and one can say it is a recent discovery on the south coast. This newest addition is yet to discover by many visitors therefore hurry and visit this before it becomes crowded (a little tip from us). This beautiful paradise is covered with greenery which makes it a paradise in the first place. This is a beach where the jungle meets the sandy golden shore (Golden shore is one of the reasons which makes this place picture perfect) while palm trees hanging around the beach.
Nuwaragala - Sri Lanka
Dambulla is a district is a treasure trove for many mountaineering enthusiasts with many unheard and untrodden mountain ranges. Nuwaragala Kanda is also situated here and borders with the Polonnaruwa district. However, the site in question might be sought after by the historians as this is a somewhat historically important site, as it would for being sandwiched between two historically important districts, and possibly a literal “treasure trove” as it is a constant target of treasure hunters. If you traveled around Dambulla, chances are you have seen this mountain a couple of times.
Coffee Places in Colombo
The most popular export in Sri Lanka is without a doubt Tea. This is perhaps not so surprising from the country that brings you “Ceylon Tea”. Unfortunately coffee is not one of its great exports. This doesn’t mean you can not find good coffee in and around Colombo, although not authentic Espresso in Italy is worth giving a look at. In Sri Lanka coffee shops use locally grounded coffee however there are some places that may serve you high-end foreign beans...
Hotels & Other Accommodation
Leopard Nest - Glamping in Yala
For wildlife travelers who seek luxury glamping experience, Leopard nest is a unique campsite that returns the true essence of an ultimate glamping experience with elegance, romance, and adventure. Leopard Nest brings the conceptual design of nests into luxury lodging and creates a unique glamping experience in Yala National Park.
Golflinks Bungalow - Bandarawela
Golflinks Bungalow Bandarawela is located in Bandarawela and offers a shared lounge, a garden and a terrace.
Café 47 - Talawatugoda, Sri Lanka
Place to relax and enjoy mouth watering food with ur love ones or family.
Villa 47 - Pannipitiya, Sri Lanka
Situated 12 km from Colombo, Villa 47 features a restaurant and free WiFi. Continental and buffet breakfast options are available each morning at the villa.
Villa Lemon Court - Nuwara Eliya
Offering a terrace and views of the mountain, Lemon Court is set in Nuwara Eliya. Gregory Lake is 2.1 km away. Free WiFi is provided and free private parking
Nuwara Eliya - The Hideout
Hideout Cabins is the first A-Frame cabin in Sri Lanka. It is your dream eco stay.
Vila Lemon Court - Nuwara Eliya
Villa Lemon Court features accommodation with free bikes, a garden and room service for your convenience.
Cafe 47 - Thalawathugoda
Restaurant in Talawatugoda, Sri Lanka