Monday, 11 February 2013

A few of our favourite beaches: midigama, Mirissa and kabalana

Our last week in Sri Lanka was spent at our favourite beach in Midigama. We stayed at Ram's guesthouse during our first few weeks and liked it so much we made time to return at the end. The guesthouse is right on the beach so Mike loved rolling out of bed straight onto the beach for a surf before breakfast everyday. The beach curved around the cove to the right where there was another, more mellow wave, lazy left. On this beach there was another guest house that did huge, cheap breakfasts with mountains of banana pancakes and fresh fruit! The week basically revolved around swimming, surfing, sunbathing and food!!

Chilling out at Rams...

Lazy left...

Yummy breakfast, cost about £1...

The next beach if you head south down the coast was called plantations, which you could also surf, but Rams was bigger and on the doorstep so we only went there once. This was also a beautiful beach, the whole of the west coast is just miles and miles of white sand and turquoise water!

One morning we rented a scooter and drove a few miles north to a beach called Kabalana. There was a beautiful hotel here (well outside our budget) that did a huge buffet breakfast and then let you use their facilities and pool all day. It's hotel was also right on the beach and it picked up a bit more swell here so Mike had a couple of good surfs in the morning.

We also saw lots of stick fishermen on our way to Kabalana but I couldn't take photos while we we driving along on the bike and unfortunately when we got to Kabalana the sticks were empty, but it is amazing to see men perched precariously on sticks in the water whilst concentrating on fishing!

At the end of the week we took the bus down the coast to a Mirissa, a seaside town with a little bit more of a tourist vibe. It is another beautiful beach, with a long beach on one side of the cove dotted with hotels and cafes, and on the other side a tiny quiet beach filled with traditional fishing boats. There is also a little island you can walk our to, with good views of the whole beach.

Finally, considering mike managed to cram in 3 surfs a day the post wouldn't be complete without some surfing photos...

We were really sad to leave Sri Lanka, it's an amazing country with a wonderful mix of beaches, mountains, rice paddies and tea plantations, coconut trees and surf. The people have been friendly and the food has been great. We will definitely come back. But we are also looking forward to moving onto Bali and the adventures that will bring.

Love Amy and Mike xxx

Location:Sri Lanka

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