SRI LANKA TRAVEL BLOG

A trip to the exotic paradise of Sri Lanka provided our Murkani designer Kiralee McNamara with the inspiration for the new ESCAPE COLLECTION. Read Kiralee’s blog to see why she was inspired by Sri Lankan design and find out some of the best places to eat, stay and see while in Sri Lanka.

WHERE TO EAT

IN COLOMBO

Kottu in Colombo
Kottu in Colombo

Galle Face Green

The Galle Face Green is a park area along the foreshore of Colombo. It is lined with food stalls selling  local delicacies like Kottu.

Paradise Road The Gallery Café

For something more upmarket.

Barefoot Cafe

For Sunday lunch with jazz.

WHERE TO EAT

IN ELLA

98 Acres Cafe

The 98 Acres Cafe is perched up in the hills overlooking the tea plantations and mountains. You can also stay at the 98 Acres Resort & Spa in gorgeous little chalets made partly from recycled materials.

WHERE TO EAT

IN GALLE

Why House

It’s just outside of Galle Town. Come for early evening drinks and stay for dinner in the colonial style wooden pavilion overlooking the gardens and pool.

WHERE TO STAY

IN COLOMBO

Galle Face Hotel

The historic Galle Face Hotel sits on the water front of Colombo. It takes you back to the colonial days of Ceylon with its high ceilings, fabulous tiled floors and very roomy wooden old fashioned rooms.

Make sure you have a Gin ‘n’ tonic on the foreshore bar while they are changing the flag at sunset one night… it’s a tradition.

WHERE TO STAY

IN TANGALLE

The Last House

The Last House in Tangalle… was the last house that reknowned architect Geoffrey Bawa built. Bawa was known as the father of modern Sri Lankan architecture.

He was known for fusing indoor and outdoor spaces…and the results are gorgeous if you’re lucky enough to stay there. Stunning colonial interiors stylishly finished with printed cushions and outdoor relaxed furniture. The gardens back on to a gorgeous deserted piece of Sri Lankan beach.

WHERE TO STAY

IN GALLE

Why House

Why House has the most gorgeous interiors… with stylish cottages set in lush gardens. Each cottage is decked out with traditional Sri Lankan wooden furniture as well as chaise lounges and wicker chairs.

Topped off with a serene pool and a restaurant that serves divine food and has a fabulously stocked bar. We could have stayed here forever.

WHAT TO SEE

Uduwala National Park

Uduwala National Park

See elephants, golden jackals, spotted deer, crocodile, water buffalo , peacocks, eagles, monkeys and even a momentary glimpse of a leopard while in a safari van with a guide.

Sacred Tooth Temple
Sacred Tooth Temple

Sacred Tooth Temple, Kandy

See the Sacred Tooth Temple with its fabulous architecture and ceiling decorations.

Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya

A picturesque country town set in the tea plantations of the central high lands of  Sri Lanka. Filled with English styled hotels and cafes, Nuwara Eliya is a  great spot to relax in the cool climate.

Kiralee x

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