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Get melow…yeaaaaaah just relax

Of course you can roll out of bed and spend a day in the sun on a pristine sandy beach, bathing in azure warm waters. South Sri Lanka is big on beaches, it is also big on wellness and there are some other great chill outs.

Yoga

Yoga is without doubt complementary to a day’s surfing. On a basic physical level is great to stretch out. Yoga improves balance, flexibility, core strength and deepens breathing. Hatha Yoga is the easiest style to find in the region. The connection you will get by being in the ocean combined with yoga practice can really help you regain your center.

Ayurveda

Ayurveda – something for you mind, your body and your soul. Within walking distance is one of the most renowned Ayuvedic healing resorts and spas in Sri Lanka. Barberyn Ayurveda Resorts has a range of treatments to relax, rejuvenate and balance those all-important doshas (body energies).

Ayurvedic massage is a deep tissue massage, superb once you get used to the amount of oil and wearing a loin cloth. Great for releasing any build-up of lactic acid in the muscles from a day of physical activity, also great for fixing those niggling sports injuries.

There is a bit of a gap between western understanding of toxicity and Ayuvedic medicine. Some products have been found to have a high concentration of heavy metals (lead, arsenic and mercury intentionally added). Best to bring your own multivitamins. If you are surfing all day you may find that additional calcium, zinc and vitamin c will give your body what it needs recover.

Visit a temple

Chances are if you have come on a long haul flight to Sri Lanka. The first days are going to be a bit trippy whist your body adjusts to the time difference. Our local area is surrounded by ancient Buddhist temples, spice plantations and coconut groves. It is quite magical in the early hours of the morning to wander barefoot in a temple, breath the incense and smell of the land, hear the chanting of morning prayer and listen to the sound of the local wildlife preparing for the day. Watch the sun rise and then go surfing, it doesn’t get better than that.

Visit Galle Fort

Galle is the nearest big town to Surf South Sri Lanka. Galle Fort has an interesting history – built by the Portuguese in 1620, reinforced by the Dutch, occupied by the British, and withstood the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. Another Sri Lanka UNESCO World Heritage Site it is maze of narrow streets and period buildings, now a location of restaurants, boutiques and hotels. The fort on the bay peninsula is defiantly worth a look, wander round the ramparts, have a cup of tea on in the Great Hall veranda or enjoy an ice-cold beer or cocktail at sunset.

Have a drink at the bar

Although you will get fined in Sri Lanka for smoking or drinking in public, getting completely hammered is culturally frowned upon (not a good example to the locals), we definitely encourage you to join us for an evening drink or two at the bar.  Swap some interesting travel and surf stories with the other guests and plan the next day’s adventure.


Xmas & Boxing Day

NYE Christmas-2-Surf-South-Sri-Lanka2014 Lions Rest Hotel will most likely host a traditional roast, more tbc. Last year we all bought birthday hats at Surfing Life as we couldn't find crackers, was a big group table. Lovely stuff.

Tea Plantation

Tea-Plantation-Photo-Credit-Sri-Lanka Tourist BoardPlenty of local tea plantations to tour, take in the green rolling hills, aromatic smells of the plantation, wind down and relax and with a cup of Ceylon tea.

Fireworks Factory

NYE-Fireworks-Factory-Surf-Not an official tour but a trip can be arranged to buy fireworks for after a BBQ. Everyone chips in and the display is on the free land in Gurubebila. NYE 2013 was Epic!

Local Stilt Fishing

Stilt-Fishing-Locals-Sri-LankaBefriend and challenge a local fisherman to one-on-one-off Stilt Fishing. All friendly in Gurubebila. Beware carbon rods in thunderstorms.

Kiteboarding

Kite-BoardBeaches-Surf-South-Sri-Lanka Midigama-Kite boarding is a small but growing sport in the region. 2km crescent beaches with consistent winds. Bring your own kit for now but watch this space.

Rent a Scooter

Bike-Sri-LankaIf you have never rented a scooter please don't do this. We have a couple for rent if you are sure, surfboards on bike racks are now illegal and the roads are mental.

Yoga

Yoga Surfing Sri LankaYoga Classes are available with the resident teachers at Lion's Rest Hotel, Gurubebila. A perfect balance to with surfing training core strength and flexibility.

Epic Sunset Beaches

Sunset-Surf-South-Sri-Lanka CoconutsWhy not grab a beer and watch the sun go down in Gurubebeila, perhaps on the Sunset Terrace at Lion's Rest Hotel. There are some other good spots on the coastline listed here.

Jeep Safari Yala

Safari-Lepoard-Surf-South-Sri-Lanka Jeep - Treehouse Yala Safari Tour in Yala National Safari Park. Explore sunset and sunrise with leopards, elephants, crocodiles, water buffalo, and all manner of birds and other animals. Local guide, Private chef, treehouse overnight experience.

Feed a Cow

Village Cows Gurubebila-Surf South Sri Lanka Gurubebila free land is used for grazing cows by local farmers. They are particularly friendly especially for roadside sweetcorn, water melon skin and coconut.

Fish Pedicure

Fish-Pedicure-Surf-South-SrAs part of the Kogala lake tour for a few rupees you can indulge in a fish spa pedicure. Its a bit odd but quite fun.

The Backcountry

Backcountry-Sri-LankaDiscover the back country. There are plenty of tours by Tuk Tuk to local villages inland. You don't have to go far to find yourself unspoilt rural Sri Lanka and get a taste of village life.

Night Fishing

Seasonal Lobster Fishing 1 Surf South Sri LankaGuided night time local reef trip to catch lobster and edible reef fish. Not for the fainthearted but an amazing experience.

Catamaran Fishing

Local Catamaran Fishing Surf South Sri LankaLocal Catamaran Fishing is a super trip. Go line fishing with the pros,  16000 LKR for the boat and crew, up to 6 guests. Catch some calamari bait then some big fish or take the boat to the secret breaks.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving Unawatuna Perl Divers Surf South Sri Lanka  (2)Scuba Diving is available from Weligama, Unawatuna and Hikkaduwa. Please contact us for more info.

Sunset Catamaran

Boats Sunset Catamaran 2 Surf-South-Sri-Lanka WelligamaSunset Catamaran tours can be arranged, departing around 4pm from Mirissa Harbour. 5,000 LKR per head or privately for 60,000 LKR.

Coconut a day

Village Eat Coconuts-Surf-South-Sri-LankaCoconuts are hailing to be the next superfood. Super isotonic and refreshing, great after a surf. Available from this man it Gurubebila and everywhere else.

Private Tours

Tours-Sri-Lanka-Rent-DriverTailor your own freestyle tour  of the heritage sites and countryside of Sri Lanka with one of our drivers in an air-conditioned, people carrier. Airport transfers also.

New Years Eve 15

NYE with Surfing-Life-Gurubebila-Surf South Sri LankaDetails tbc 31/12/15. Check out Lion's Rest, Surfing Life, Lucky Guest House and KBH for dinners and drinks. Meet on the land for midnight fireworks and then off to the dance bars in Mirissa or Unawatuna. This was NYE 2014..

Stilt Fisherman

Stilt Fisherman Surf South Sri Lanka iMany make a living from tourism pictures however there are some that still fish in the traditional ways. See them at sunrise in Gurubebila.

Go Surfing

x Your-wave-is-coming-Surf-South Sri LankaThe best surf times are with the high tide at sunrise and sunset. Surfboard hire, lessons and transport available.

Go Banannas

Bananas-Surf-South-Sri-LankBananas are a rich source of vitamin B6, Tryptophan and potassium. Perfect snack.

Surf Lessons

Surf-Etiquete-Beginners-Sri LankaBook Surf Lessons on Weligama beach break. Safe to learn, daily lessons with Lions Rest Hotel. Lesson#1 Avoid dropping in on your fellow surfers.

Visit a Temple

Visit-a-Temple-Night Surf-South Sri LankaBuddhism is the majority religion in the south, visit a temple day and night. There are many temple festivals and full moon poya days.

Mountain Biking

Mountain-Biking-Sri-Lanka-Tourist-Board-Photo Mountain Biking, mostly group touring. The bike shop in Weligama sells cheap Chinese MTBs, bigger shops in Matara and Galle have more range. Galle has regular organised tours including MTBs.

Ayurvedic Health

Auvedic Tearments-Photo-Credit-Sri-Lanka-Tourist-BoardAyurvedic Treatments. This accent and holistic and herbal healing practice has some simple treatments and massage to help you unwind and find your zone state.

Sport Fishing

Fishing Deep Sea Unawatuna Surf South Sri LankaDeep sea, line and rod fishing trips can be arranged, so far from Unawatuna in pairs and if you are "gona need a bigga boat" Mirissa with groups of 6. Please contact us for more more info.

Local Bread Van

Village Bread Van Surf South Sri Lanka Every village has a local bread van also selling tasty snacks. Each van has a special tune on repeat, like an ice cream van. In Gurubebila, Santa Clause is coming to town all year round.

Cooking Lessons

Sri-Lankan-Food-Cooking Lessons - Surf South Sri LankaPrivate Sri Lankan cookery with local village guest houses can be arranged. Everyone is always keen to share their unique recipe.

Galle Fort

Galle-Fort-Photo-Credit-Sri Lanka Tourist BoardGalle Fort is a Sri Lanka UNESCO World Heritage Site. A maze of narrow streets and period buildings, restaurants and boutiques. Perfect day trip or stay in a beautiful colonial house.