My visit to Sri Lanka was one of the most surprising, beautiful and interesting overseas trips I’ve taken. With so many highlights on this small and pretty island it’s hard to pick a favourite place, but I sure did have a fantastic time down south.
Being on a group tour can be exhausting so making time for morning and afternoon swims in between tour activities had a BIG effect on my relaxation mode.
There’s something calming and restorative about swimming in the ocean. The mellow waves slowly carried me to and from the shoreline, gently washing away all my worries and troubles, leaving me feeling revived, energised and mucho relaxed.
Mirissa is the largest fishing port on the south coast so it’s little wonder that there are so many fishermen in the area.
One of our lunches was at the home of a local fishing family, with the father and sons working hard each day to catch fish in the less populated bays around the area. They served us the most wonderful dishes with rice including jackfruit curry and watercress salad which we washed down with a tropical arrack punch.
After our fabulous meal the father told about how much their lives, and those of the community, changed after the devastating tsunami in 2004. Then the father and one of his sons took us down to the water to show us the age-old traditional of stilt fishing. While the fishermen balance up high on a wooden pole, they use one hand to cast a rod out and catch fish. How they manage to stay above the water is amazing!
As it was my last few days in the country I made sure I got my fix of good roti. In the town I had am impressive and cheap dinner at the No 1 Dewmini Roti Shop. If I had more time in the area I would have booked in to one of their cooking classes! I also had a low-priced dinner at Maggie’s Roti Shop in Bandaramulla, across the road from the beach. And of course, when staying by the sea, sunset cocktails on the beach are compulsory!
Another memorable home lunch was with a beautiful and friendly muslim family who served us sweet drinks of faluda and tasty dishes including a potato curry, pickled onions and rice with cashews and raisins.
What struck me the most was the stunning blues and green hues of the beach, they were such calming and relaxing colours. Ok I know here in Sydney we’re blessed with some beautiful beaches but dang, Mirissa Beach was one of the prettiest beaches I’ve ever swam in.
To see more on this visit, click on the photo below to view the Flickr album.
Tell me about your travels – what wonderful beaches around the world do you love?
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