Your travels begin in: HIKKADUWA (134KM from Colombo)
Also a part of the #HalfALocal series about my adventures around Sri Lanka!
1. Have breakfast at Salty Swamis!
2. Visit the Turtle Hatchery and Conservation Center.
This is actually my favourite turtle hatchery to travel to in Sri Lanka. The owner lost his entire family during the tsunami in 2004 and since then has dedicated his life to this hatchery. In addition to safeguarding hundreds of turtle eggs, he spends his time educating the villagers and school children in the area about marine conservation. In Sri Lanka, there is a common belief that drinking raw turtle eggs will make you grow tall. To this, he spends 8 rupees per egg to buy these off locals that steal them from the beach. He also rehabilitates many injured turtles that are brought to the conservation center by fishermen. He does this by teaching them to swim again and also teaching them how to search for food with their disability.
Cost for Locals: LKR 50
Cost for Foreigners: LKR 250
*This is subject to change from the time of this writing.
3. Lunch at Hikka Tranz hotel
- TIP: Go for a swim/snorkelling in the sea by the hotel, which is sheltered by the reef. If you’re lucky you’ll spot wild turtles swimming in the shallows!
4. Drive to Galle along the sea (20km)
- Walkthrough the famous cobbled streets of the Galle Fort
- Visit the famous lighthouse for all your Instagram pictures
- Visit Isle of Gelato or Pedlars Inn for Ice Cream!
5.Overnight stay in:
Budget Friendly Options:
- Hotel J by Jetwing
- Fairway Sunset
More Pricey Options:
- Jetwing Lighthouse
- Amari Galle
- Aqua Forte
6. Have breakfast at the hotel or visit Skinny Toms Deli
7. Drive to Unawatuna (6KM – 10 Minutes)
- Visit the Peace Pagoda (Remember to cover your shoulders/knees) and leave a donation.
- Spend the day at The Social for the BEST food in the south!
- Dip in the sea (Season is from November to March but you can visit all year round!) You can also learn to dive and do watersports at the dive center next door!
That’s it! There’s your 48 hours in South Sri Lanka! There are many other places you can travel to, like Mirissa, Dikwella and Hiriketiya further up the coast as well. I will do another post on this eventually. However, what I’ve written here is my favourite route through the South of Sri Lanka. I usually take my friends who travel to Sri Lanka from abroad on this exact route – sometimes condensed into a day but I highly recommend taking a full 2 days to do the entire trip!