srI LANKA EAT & DRINK

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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 AROUND

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.

S TAY

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.

Shangri-La Ham­ban­tota

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.

SHOP

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.

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