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Exploring Sri Lanka - Midigama and Weligama

During our first stint in Midigama we stayed at Plantation which is a family run guesthouse. Plantation has a range of rooms to suit different budgets and of course we went for the most basic as we’re travelling on a budget. The room was spacious and we had our own private bathroom however there were lots of gaps that creepy crawlies could sneak in through. If you read my blog about Udawalwe you’ll already know about Sam’s run in with the cockroach! The Chamika family are great hosts and wonderful cooks and I would definitely recommend staying there if you want to be close to the surf spots.

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Just down the road from Plantation we discovered Rockvin Café, which quickly became our favourite spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Their vegetable curry is the best I’ve tasted in Sri Lanka so far and I’m addicted to their passion fruit and banana smoothies and banana pancakes! If you follow me on Instagram you may already know this…

A little further on we discovered Surf View which overlooks Rams surf spot. They have the usual breakfast options as well as traditional Sri Lankan options such as string hoppers with Dahl and coconut Sambal. They also make a delicious rice and curry and are always smiling!

Sam with the super friendly owner of Surf View

If you’re feeling a bit more flash Ceylon Sliders in Weligama make delicious smoothies and serve avocado and poached eggs on toast (my favourite). They also offer daily rooftop yoga classes with the lovely Vera and have a cool surf shop. However, it’s more than double the price of the spots mentioned above.

Yoga on the roof at Ceylon Sliders

Other food spots:

Soul Café, Weligama - delicious smoothie bowls and play the best tunes

Smoothie bowl at Soul Cafe

Coconuts Surf Inn, Midigama – good grilled fish and great view

Splash, Weligama - yummy tuna burgers and curry

When we returned to Midigama after our trip to Hiriketiya we stayed at the Surf Lanka which is opposite Plantation and Coconuts surf spots. Our room here was the cheapest we’ve had (£10 per night) and one of the best! The rooms are spacious, modern and have private bathrooms. We went for a room with a fan rather than aircon as it was way cheaper and the fan is so good that we actually get cold in the night. The staff are all really friendly and they provide a laundry service which was a godsend as we were starting to stink…

Sam surfing Coconuts

Across the road from the Surf Lanka you can see the stilt fishermen. They are out on their stilts most of the day (depending on the tide) and when they’re not they’re usually in their shacks made out of wood and plastic sheet on the side of the road. Seeing how hard they work and how little they have really put things into perspective.

The stilt fishermen of Midigama

Sri Lankan people on the whole are super friendly. Everyone smiles and waves as you walk past and you quickly get to know people in the area. I made friends with a group of young Sri Lankan lads who kept me company while Sam was surfing. They spoke very little English, and I can’t speak Sinhala so our main method of communication resembled a game of charades.

My new mates

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