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Land of tumbling tea plantations, rolling soft surf, and elephants trundling in the bush – few countries still have the fairy-tale exotica that Sri Lanka can offer. A relative newcomer on the surfer’s path, this head-turning little gem knows how to pierce the heart; there remains a genuine warmth in the smile of locals, a sweetness in the air, and a fiery dance of flavour on the tongue from the tantalizing local cuisine. In-between surf sessions you can visit UNESCO temples, take scenic train rides through the verdant landscape, go leopard spotting in the depths of the jungle, and fall in love with pink-tinged sunsets melting over sleepy backwater beaches.
The monsoon clad country is split into two distinct seasons; but with different weather patterns on each coastline – it usually means that when one is wild, the other is calm. This makes Sri Lanka a year-round surf destination. The South Coast is home to Hikkaduwa and Weligama and on the East, you will find Arugam Bay. While not as crowded as other surf spots in the world, Sri Lanka is no longer the secret it once was, and the more famous breaks are there to be shared. Still, there is plenty of opportunity for Wayfarers with an intrepid sense of adventure to seek those stashed away corners of the Indian Ocean.
Sri Lanka's surf resorts capture a blend between sublime colonial charm, sustainable luxury, and spiritual sojourn. Romance lovers, families, and those seeking to blend a culturally rich stay with a shot of saltwater adrenaline are sure to find Sri Lanka a fine choice for stitching new memories.