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 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 – 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.