Discovery >

The Good Life in Batticaloa

June 23, 2017 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under: , , , , ,

Why do we travel? Is it to stay in great hotels, or to eat at famous restaurants? Sometimes we get carried away with all the travel hype and forget that what it’s really about is meeting different people and learning about different cultures.

On the eastern coast of Sri Lanka in the picturesque town of Batticaloa, enter the world of the Tamils. Imagine yourself walking into a garden with the sand shifting between your toes where, under the shady boughs of a jackfruit tree you are greeted by smiling people in long, colourful saris, who invite you to enjoy a delicious meal that is both spicy and flavorful. And imagine here you receive the kind of genuine hospitality that’s hard to find anywhere else in the world – even at the Hôtel Ritz!

 

At this homestay on the beautiful eastern coast of Sri Lanka, you no longer have to imagine the good life, it’s all very real. Accommodation might be simple, but it’s comfortable, and in any case that’s not why you’re here. Instead you have the opportunity to visit the local kovil, or Hindu temple, where the deities of the Hindu pantheon will offer you their protection; or perhaps you can enjoy a local meal cooked al fresco on a wood fire, enjoyed with the family. It’s the simple things that matter. Sharing a connection with people from another culture is, after all, what travelling is about.

The next day you are awoken by the morning call of the neighbourhood rooster, or it might the sound of squirrels scurrying across your bedroom roof. Whatever it is, you have the whole day to relax in your adopted home, read a book under the jackfruit tree, chat with the family, or perhaps explore the neighborhood. Put your smartphone down and help grandma with the cooking, she can teach you a lesson or two!

In the evening, enjoy a delicious meal with your new family and ask them if you can try pol sambola, or coconut sambol, a traditional dish of Sri Lanka made from freshly ground coconut with lime and chillies that is usually an accompaniment with rice. It’s the kind of fare that will leave you dreaming of Sri Lanka long after you have returned home.

[expert-call-out-box id = ‘16758’]

For more information on homestays in Sri Lanka, or to request a booking, please leave your contact information in the form below.

Latest post

Passion 4 + Discovery = Gr8 Travel Experiences

Popular destinations are a great starting point. Meet Marius Herrmann, our new Travel Experience Manager in Laos,

Read More

See Angkor Wat from the Air

Down in Cambodia’s sleepy south coast, travelers can now undertake some new challenges and do rock climbing, caving and abseiling (also called rappelling). Ratanakiri offers unique jungle hikes, and back in Siem Reap the temples can be seen from a hot air balloon. Those travelers looking for action have plenty of choice in Cambodia!

Read More

Phnom Penh and the Spiders from Phsars

In the early morning, Phnom Penh’s Central Market – or Phsar Tmai as the locals call it – is a coming and going of local sellers and buyers of all kinds. It is exactly here where we start our food walking tour. The phsar, (from “bazaar”), is

Read More

Emerging Hotspots in Indochina-Cambodia

Beyond Angkor Wat these places to visit in Cambodia are very much worth considering. There really is more to this captivating country than ancient temples such as these 3 hotspots, all within easy reach from Phnom Penh.

Read More

Subscribe to our newsletter

Our B2B newsletters are for industry professionals




    *We’ll never share your email address and you can opt out at any time.