Posted by: Michelle | April 8, 2010

Serenity in Sri Lanka

Maybe it’s the senioritis or the unseasonally warm weather, but all I want to do recently is lie on a beach. Since I’m stuck in Boston for the time being anyway, might as well dream big: Sri Lanka.

Ranked number one on The New York Times’ “The 31 Places to Go in 2010” list, Sri Lanka only recently became an ideal vacation spot. Civil war and government instability that afflicted the small island for years finally subsided last May, leaving behind a peaceful paradise about 20 miles off the southern coast of India where temperatures stay in the 80s all year long.

Sri Lanka has everything I would want for a relaxing vacation. Other than incredible beaches, which I’ll get to in a minute, hill country in the center of the island offers rolling mountains, cascading waterfalls and quant hilltop villages. UNESCO World Heritage site Kandy is a cultural mecca nestled in the hills, known for its annual summer festival called the Esala Perahera, which celebrates the Buddha’s tooth relic.

Hill Country

Esala Perahera

After an exciting journey through the mountains, I know I would be ready for some quality beach time. The coast of Sri Lanka includes over 830 miles of pristine white beaches. Even with two monsoon seasons, Sri Lanka has at least one coast with pure sunshine at every part of the year. Nilaveli Beach looks like an ideal destination. With miles of picture-perfect soft sand and clear water, Nilaveli is also close to Coral Island, the best snorkeling spot in Sri Lanka with colorful cabbage coral and tropical fish.

Nilaveli Beach



  1. I read the NYT “31 places to go list” and wanted to go to Sri Lanka too! Mag7 reunion destination?

    • Great idea Cait, let’s do it!

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