The 1st of November is an exciting date in the surf diary – the start of the surf season in South West Sri Lanka!
In recent years Sri Lanka has become a go-to place for surfers and travellers around the world. With consistent mellow waves and flights for under £500, my boyfriend and I felt we had to get out there…
So, we arrived into the Capital, Colombo on the 5th November and headed straight to the train station to catch the next departure to the South, a four hour train costing four quid. This proved a great introduction to Sri Lanka, with no windows or doors as we winded along the coastline admiring the tropical views.
Our guesthouse was located in Mirissa, surrounded by rainforest overlooking the pristine beaches. Tuk Tuks are the way to get around. It doesn’t take long for a Tuk to pull up by you offering a cheap lift and all are now accustomed to strapping a surf board to the roof, so don’t worry about how to get to the variety of fun reef breaks – they have it sorted but be prepared for some toe curling over takes..
The next morning we were on the road down to Weligama beach (300 rupees/£1.50 Tuk Tuk ride away) to visit the Eco Surf Lodge. The lodge consists of 5 beautiful spacious Cabanas, their in-house cafe/ restaurant/ bar, a big rack of boards and many hammocks. Just steps for the beach, our SURF, EAT, SLEEP, REPEAT routine was all coming to place.
Whether you are a total novice of an experienced surfer, Weligama is a great place to base your Sri Lanka trip. The Eco Surf Lodge offer an awesome learn-to-surf inclusive package (with lesson sizes usually one/two per instructor!) or you can just book their B&B option and take advantage of your in-house surf guides for advice of where to head each day.
If you need a break from the waves, fishing, cooking lessons, whale watching and site seeing is also on your doorstep. And if you’re cricket fan, you’re never to far from a game and the locals are more than happy for you to join in with them every evening.
10 jam-packed days passed very quickly. All too soon we were about to head back to the UK where we hear rumours of frost, a bit different from the 30 degrees we have got used to. On the last day we surfed until the sun went down and headed out for a final evening of dinner on the beach of fresh tuna steak and a Lion beer for £5, then up early to make our 3am flight.
Sri Lanka is the perfect combination of tropical adventure, awesome waves and tasty food – and it’s affordable. Do get in touch if you are considering a surf trip, or want to chat through some ideas. We are here to help.
Cat Alwin / 02081 336 438 / firstname.lastname@example.org
A local boy and his friends fishing using just a piece of string wrapped around an old Coke bottle!
One of the many colourful traditional fishing boats that line the shores of Sri Lanka – many locals will offer you the chance to join them on a trip!