Negombo is a must visit if you’re interested in visiting Sri Lanka – Discovering Sri Lanka’s Idyllic West Coast

Tucked away along the West Coast of Sri Lanka, one will come to the enchanting town of Negombo. An idyllic coastal getaway, this town is a great spot to have fun in the sun, sand & surf.

Negomb | Image Credit - Luboš Holič, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia Commons

Negomb | Image Credit – Luboš Holič, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia Commons

Explore Historic Hotspots

As a seaside hamlet with a colonial past Negombo is littered with the historic point of interest dating back to the days when the city was under the Dutch and Portuguese rule. A boat ride along the Dutch Canal is the perfect way to uncover this history as the tour takes visitors on a colonial trading route that is still used to this day.

Relaxing on Negombo Beach

Its location along the coast means that Negombo is the perfect place to enjoy long lazy days sunbathing in the glorious tropical sunshine. Those who are planning to holiday in Sri Lanka doesn’t have to travel far to look for accommodation by the beach. There is a myriad of hotels near Colombo airport the likes of Heritance Negombo which gives easy access to the beach.

Cruising the Dutch Canal

Constructed by the Dutch as an easy way to transport goods, the Dutch Canal today is the perfect place to embark on a boat cruise and engage in some bird watching as well.

Visiting the Fish Market

Being a traditional fishing town, Negombo is where one can experience the frenetic excitement and lively hustle & bustle of the local fish market. Part of the fun is seeing fishermen bringing in their catch to shore.

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All about the Lunuganga Estate – The Iconic Abode of Geoffrey Bawa

When it comes to famous Sri Lankans throughout the world, there’s probably one name that truly stands out in an international context and that is the famous architect Geoffrey Bawa.

A Breathtaking Estate

Geoffrey Bawa left his mark all over the island, but the Lunuganga estate is definitely his most remarkable achievement. It is a country home that is situated in a massive garden estate that was extensively designed to showcase his unique architectural style of ‘tropical modernism’. There’s many a ‘Geoffrey Bawa hotel’, which prominently features this style in design, such as Anantara Kalutara Resort.

History of Lunuganga

Lunuganga started off as a cinnamon estate during the time of Dutch colonisation and was converted into a rubber plantation when the British took over. Eventually, Geoffrey Bawa bought the estate after it was given to the local tax collector.

The Garden’s Design

The garden’s design is very striking and showcases aspects of Italian renaissance as well as Japanese landscaping. The meticulously designed garden has many ornamental features such as statues and sculptures. Its boundless beauty is an essential experience, so be sure to visit if you’re nearby.

The Intriguing Botany

One of the most notable aspects of the garden estate is how the various botanical aspects of the area have been left fairly untouched despite the extensive landscaping. So you will find leviathan trees interspersed with lush vegetation.

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Why Sri Lanka Should be Your Next Travel Destination – An Addition to your Bucket List

You’ve probably seen the saffron coasts, sparkling ocean waters, swaying coconut trees, scrumptious food and so much more flooding your Instagram or Facebook feed with everyone who has travelled to the tropical island of Sri Lanka. If those pictures weren’t convincing enough, here are some reasons why you should make it your next destination.

Climate

Sri Lanka enjoys a tropical climate, which means you can be blessed with rain and sunshine on one day! The weather is mostly hot and humid, making it perfect for spending the entire day on the beach or submerged in a pool.

Beaches

Who doesn’t love a day at the beach?! The south coast beaches, in particular, are easily accessible and completely breath-taking; such as Galle, Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa or Kalutara. Resort choices are aplenty and those looking to stay at one such as AVANI Kalutara Resort will find that during peak season they book up quite fast!

Sun beds by the golden sandy Beach

Image Credit: AVANI Kalutara Resort

Tea

If you travel towards the central highlands, you’ll be amazed to find out cooler climates, mountains and tea estates. If you love a freshly brewed cup of tea, head over to the famous city of Nuwara Eliya.

Food

If there’s one particular thing that the locals can NOT live without, is their spice. Try out all the Sri Lankan food you can get your hungry hands on; from kottu, string hoppers, roti and the ever famous ‘rice and curry’.

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