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Our Top 4 Must Do Beach Activities in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a world class beach destination. Pristine beaches run for miles and miles as far as the eye can see. Surround yourself in the gentle sound of the waves kissing the shore and amazing vistas.

If you’re hoping to visit Sri Lanka, heading to the beach for a day of fun and relaxation should be on your list. The beauty of visiting a diverse tropical paradise like Sri Lanka is that you won’t just be limited to spending your holiday lazing by the beach. The beach destinations in the country are known for so much more than just a beautiful backdrop. From snorkeling and surfing to whale and dolphin watching, there is much to see and do.

Here’s our list of 4 beach destination in Sri Lanka where you can do more than just lay on the beach.

1. Whale watching at Trincomalee.

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Sri Lanka is considered to be one of the top notch destinations for spotting the largest mammals on earth, blue whales and sperm whales. Apart from other spectacular sites Trincomalee has to offer such as hot water springs and beautiful unspoiled beaches, during the months of July to September the east coast of Sri Lanka is popular for its sighting of whales.

Set off on a boat to witness these magnificent creatures up close and personal, a once in a life time opportunity that we highly recommend you add to your ‘to do’ list.

2. Snorkeling in pigeon islands Trincomalee

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Pigeon Island is a wild life sanctuary situated in the north-east of Sri Lanka. It is a beautiful place to spend a day of snorkeling and hiking. We recommend visiting this island early in the morning to enjoy the seclusion and the beauty the island has to offer.

Dive into the cool clear water surrounding this little island and be transported your own little underwater paradise, occupied by tropical fish and gorgeous coral. If snorkeling isn’t your thing, the beach offers the perfect environment for you to relax with unmatched vistas of surrounding ocean.

3. Arugambay Surfing

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Situated in the eastern coast of Sri Lanka, Arugambay is an international surfing competition venue. The majestic waves create an exhilarating rush and during the season of April to October surfers from around the world gather at Arugambay show off their skills.

If surfing is your thing we highly recommend you visit Arugambay and maybe even take part in a competition or two. The many surfing school’s nearby also offer lessons for beginners who are interested in taking up surfing, wind surfing and kite surfing.

4. Kalpitiya Dolphin and whale watching

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During the months of November to April, Kalpitiya comes alive as large pods of dolphins, especially spinner dolphins can be found swimming around Kalpitiya. They are most often sighted parallel to the Kalpitiya peninsula. Because of the massive dolphin sighting the beach is known as the Dolphin beach and the area in-shore off the reef is known as the Dolphin line.

If Trincomalee is out of your reach, not to worry, Kalpitiya is also famous for its sighting of whales.

Top 5 authentic Sri Lankan foods to try

Sri Lanka is a little tropical paradise, known for its beautiful untouched beaches, friendly people and rich culture. The island nation is also famous for its use of exotic spices in cooking to bring out unique flavors that will send your taste buds on a tasty trip. Without further ado, we list out 5 foods that we think you have to try during your stay in Sri Lanka.

1. Rice and Curry
First on our list is a Sri Lankan favorite and a definite must try. Cooked using coconut milk and an array of spices, a plate of rice and curry comprises of vegetables and meat neatly laid on a bed of rice. The curries come with a thick gravy and tend to be quite spicy, so be cautious. Accompanied with the tasty rice and curry is papadam, a wafer that adds a bit of crunch to each bite.

If you’re on the lookout for some clean restaurants that serve a tasty rice and curry, we recommend taking a visit to Rajabojun and Nuga Gama both conveniently found in Colombo.

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2. Kottu Rotti
If you take a walk down the streets of Colombo in the evening you would hear the familiar rhythmic clatter of metal plates. Many food joints by the side of the road have a kottu station with a cook hammering away. A flat bread is cut into little strips before being mixed with vegetables and meats of your choosing, which are then further mixed and sliced using two metal plates.

Kottu Rotti tends to be very spicy and is usually served with chicken or fish gravy, however on request they would be happy to make a milder version. We recommend asking for a cheese kottu, a popular variance on the traditional kottu.

3. Kiribath (Milk Rice)
Usually served during special occasions and for breakfast, kiribath is a milkier variation of rice. It is usually accompanied with a side dish named lunu miris. A sweet and spicy side dish with little flecks of dried fish.

Mung Kiribath is a variation of the traditional dish which includes green grams with the milk rice for a healthier breakfast.

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4. Appa (Hoppers)
Hoppers are served during dinner and is prepared using milk and flour. Dome shaped with a soft center and a crunchy outside, egg hoppers come with a runny egg in the center. Hoppers are also served accompanied with lunu miris or gravy depending on your preference.

Hoppers are perfect for a light dinner and are served as a late night snack in almost all roadside food joints.

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5. Achcharu (Pickel)
Achcharu is an assortment of fruits, either fried or served raw with a chillie powder, salt and vinegar. Usually served by the side of the road on a cart, choose from the various fruits available, it comes in a little bag that is used to mix the fruits and seal in the spices used for flavor.

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