If you’re short on time skip it and head straight to Mirissa, we prefered Mirissa by a long way but wanted to stop for the beginners surf in Weligama.
(Unawatuna Beach in Sri Lanka) Stayed: Neptune Hotel was horrible, we recommend you stay next door at Samura’s Place.
Colombo is the capital of Sri Lanka and when you land at Bandaranaike International Airport near Negombo you’ll only be about 30 – 40 minutes from the centre of Colombo.
So whether you’re looking for a two-week whirlwind tour or a two-month turtle-paced race, here’s our guide to backpacking Sri Lanka.
We started in Colombo and headed South along the West coast to Hikkaduwa, then trooped along the South coast before heading inland to Yala National Park.
Ask a Tuk Tuk driver to take you to Jungle Beach (only ten minutes away) for some amazing seculded snorkeling.
Transport: Bus to Weligama for 50LKR (23p), takes around 30 mins.