srI LANKA EAT & DRINK
Super chill is the word along the south coast of this teardropshaped isle. Each kitchen-table eatery, yoga retreat, eco-lodge, surfer bolthole and luxury pad boasts a distinct character that all combine for a refreshingly eclectic local vibe.
Getting to and from the south coast, not to mention from point to point along it, is best planned out well in advance. Hiring a car and driver is the best option, with Kiwitaxi (kiwitaxi.com) being particularly reliable and reasonably priced.
Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort With 152 rooms and villas spread across a former coconut plantation, the resort is best for those who simply want to stay put. anantara.com; doubles from US$214.
Cape Weligama Perched across a rise above a scenic bay, the immediate vibe is that you're the only guests here. capeweligama.com; doubles from US$103.
Kaju Green The type of getaway you don't want to leave. Swim, take a yoga class or even book an Ayurvedic consultation.
Relax. kajugreen.com; doubles from US$115.
Salt House Surfing, yoga, food and quiet are the main lures to this out-of-the-way address, which is why surfboard rentals and yoga classes are included in the price. salthousesrilanka.net; doubles from US$85.
The Sandhya Anyone with an eye for design and the need to mingle will love this spot along a great beach. thesandhya.com; doubles from US$200.
A golf resort on the south coast, if you're into that kind of thing. shangri-la.com; doubles from US$210.
Why House An out-of-theway spot that feels more like a private residence than a resort. whyhousesrilanka. com; doubles from US$275. Wild Coast Tented Lodge The wildlife of Yala National Park on your doorstep, combined with the comforts of glamping make this an unforgettable stay. resplendentceylon.com; all-inclusive cocoon suite doubles from US$617.
The Doctor’s House Salads, sandwiches, pizzas from the octopus-shaped oven, strong on both non- and vegetarian dishes. Also the place to be come nightfall. Madiha; thedoctorshouse.lk; lunch for two Rs6,000.
Heritage Café and Bistro Comfortable spot for Sri Lankan and Western dishes, or just a pot of tea with some fresh baked goods. Order a dish that lets you sample their house-made chili oil. Galle; fb.com/theheritage cafeandbistro; lunch for two from Rs6,000.
Poonie’s Kitchen Secluded, small and colorful, search this place out for a break from your walking tour of Galle Fort. 63 Pedlar St., Galle; 94-91/222-6349; lunch for two Rs4,000.
Acme A small shop tucked away on the side of the road, well worth a look for organic teas, essential oils and colorful handicrafts from a number of charities the shop supports. Matara Road, Mirissa; 94-91/226-0598. Barefoot Bolts of cotton as vibrant as the equatorial sun. Galle; barefootceylon.com. Exotic Roots Colorful home décor, antiques, clothing and jewelry. Lighthouse Street, Galle; exoticroots.com.
KK Collection A varied collection of cool home furnishings. 71 Pedlar St., Galle; kkcollection.com.
Spa Ceylon Home to a range of aromatic souvenirs featuring ingredients from
Sri Lanka. Crnr of Lighthouse and Pedlar streets, Galle; spaceylon.com.
Stick No Bills Retro-style posters and postcards of the island. Church Street, Galle; sticknobillsonline.com. — C.K.