We desperately want to enjoy the Sri Lanka weather in November and sunshine which seems to be out more and more these days! ‘Down-South’ after all is about blue skies and sunshine and it seems by the end of November we are starting to see more of both – thankfully
November means mini project time around the villa. A year since we took ownership of the place and we’ve nearly finished adding a courtyard to one of the Queen rooms and two new bathrooms to the place. We can’t wait for the big reveal and sharing the makeover with guests from early December – not long now!
Getting things done between guest stays has meant having heaps of workmen on site. Thirty people running around at once can involve people tripping over one another. It’s meant we’ve had to make ourselves a bit scarce during some of the days so as not to get in the way. We think we’re being helpful but probably aren’t adding much value!
Sri Lanka Monsoon
We decided to use some of our forced spare time to be a tourist in our own town and check out the beaches close to home. We figured if we were needed back at the villa we could be back on site in a jiffy – the beaches in Galle are only ten minutes by tuk tuk away and the Sri Lanka Weather in November can be stormy so it’s best to make the most of the sunshine when it is out.
Emerging from the November rains has meant it’s been time to get back into our beach wear and check out some of the swimming coves near Templeberg – even though we might not be beach body ready just yet -(damn a few more sit-ups would have helped!)
This week we’ve made a point of spending some time at two of our closest local beaches, Unawatuna and Thalpe.
Unawatuna Beach and Thalpe Beach
Unawatuna Beach isn’t just a backpacker haven its also perfect for all travellers who want to swim in its half moon shape cove who’s waters are a beautiful Indian Ocean blue. Here at one of our favourite eating spots Lucky Tuna, we’ve spent the start of the week having a dip before something to eat. We love this place because its cheap, tasty and we’re always greeted with a warm welcome – “Ayubowan” – by the friendly young staff. We couldn’t ask for a better local watering hole and we’ve dragged many of our guests to this spot because it is one of the best on the tourist strips.
Midweek and slightly further down the coast, we’ve left the workmen to it and gone swimming at Thalpe and grabbed a pizza from Wajiya Beach Club – sometimes you need a break from curry and spicy food. We’ve also spent part of our Thalpe beach day giving a few kids a push on the beach’s signature rope and tractor tyre dangling from a coconut tree. This swing brings back happy memories of childhood where we had something similar hanging over our rivers water hole. The kids laughter has been a good distraction from choosing tapware for the villa renovation.
Cheers to the Sun shine, our local beaches and the sanity break it has given from makeover projects!