We are located a few kilometres inland from the south east coast of Sri Lanka between Galle & Weligama. With the new highway completed it takes about 3 hours to get from Colombo International Airport to Soul & Surf Sri Lanka.
See our Sri Lanka Retreat page for more location info.
It’s most convenient to fly to Colombo Airport, Bandaranaike International Airport which is served by flights from the UK, The Gulf, Singapore, KL and most major European airports. From Colombo airport it’s about a 3 hour drive to us.
Flights from Europe to Colombo typically range from £450 return to about £650 if you book ahead and avoid the school holidays! Check out these sites to help you find the right flight: Kayak / Skyscanner
We are a two and half (ish) hour drive from there depending on the time of day and the amount of traffic. We can help arrange a taxi to us from there or wherever in Sri Lanka you may be joining us from. You'll pay for this (in cash) at checkout.
If you’d like to make your own way to us, just drop us a line at email@example.com to enquire about directions.
You can find all of the Sri Lankan government's guidance on travel at srilanka.travel/helloagain. Do note that you will need to check your departure country's guidance and restrictions too.
We've compiled a handy guide to travelling with the minimum of plastic – and certainly nothing that’s single-use. Download it, print it, keep it with your suitcase – and tag us on your travels… let us know how you’re getting on.
Our whole kitchen team is Sri Lankan, led by our head Chef Aruna. With 10 years of international experience Aruna has experience of cooking Sri Lankan, Western, Arabic, Italian, Indian & Thai food.
We have developed a menu with the inspiration being ‘Sunshine Food’ and then working with Indika and his team to develop this with local, fresh produce. Healthy eating, local produce, indulgent touches, Sri Lankan techniques, international combinations. All beautifully presented.
Yes, we supply towels for your room and towels for the swimming pool in the retreat and for the sun loungers in the beachside B&B, but please bring your own beach towel.
Sri Lankan Rupees is the national currency. Check this useful site for current conversion rates. ATM’s and Exchange Facilities are plentiful, including in the airport arrival hall. All major currencies accepted.
Yes. It’s fairly reliable but we are in rural, village Sri Lanka so expect some drop outs, and slow downs.
Electricity is at 220v in Sri Lanka. Our sockets are universal sockets which take pretty much every international plug type.
Elsewhere in Sri Lanka you find a mix of 3 pin round sockets and 3 pin square, UK-type, sockets.
There’s loads to see and do in Sri Lanka, we can’t even begin to list everything you could do on a holiday here, in this teeny FAQ section. We've had a really good stab at creating our own version of Lonely Planet for you though, and compiled our very own insider's guide to South Sri Lanka.
But there are some things you could do within a day, local to us, whilst you’re with us.
Ask us in advance and we can help arrange a day trip or you could tag some extras days before or after your stay with us.
You really can travel light but here is a quick reminder list of some basics to bring.
We are pretty much equidistant, about 30 minutes depending on time of day, between two pretty good hospitals in Galle and Matara. Although the administration and organisation can be fairly hectic, the standard of medical care is good. People tend to visit hospitals for all but the most minor of illnesses.
For very minor issues we have a good english-speaking Doctor nearby in Habaraduwa, about 15 minutes from us.
Check-in is from 3 pm on arrival day and check-out is at 11 am, we’ll feed you before you leave us, but we have to be strict on the room & hotel check out time so we can get it ready for the new guests.
Almost all citizens visiting Sri Lanka for less than a month can get a Visa On Arrival. This can be pre-arranged and prices checked by visiting this website.
International networks work in Sri Lanka but charges will really stack up if you need to use your phone regularly. As we write this (do check though) foreign tourists receive a SIM card at immigration which you can use during your stay in Sri Lanka, otherwise SIMs can be easily and cheaply bought locally.
We very much welcome families coming to stay with us and do what we can to make it affordable and workable with the kids. But we have to be realistic too, we’ve got a small number of rooms so we need to get income from them when they’re being used.
So if we can add extra beds or a cot to your room we can keep things very reasonable, if the kids need their own room we have to charge the normal rate.
We’re not allowed to recommend or offer baby-sitting or childcare as a service as our UK insurers advise us not to since the local mums from the village aren’t qualified, registered or insured. But we can introduce you to some of the Sri Lankan ladies from the local village that look after Ed & Sofie’s baby and our friend’s kids and if you feel comfortable you can arrange child-care whilst you surf or practice yoga with them directly at very reasonable rates.
We love the kids to join in with whatever we can reasonably allow them to do. Surfing is inherently dangerous activity so we have to have some limitations. Talk to the yoga teacher when you arrive if you’d like your kids to try yoga. It has the be at the yoga teachers discretion and not to the detriment of our other yogis experience. There’s plenty of other stuff we can fully allow the kids to get involved with.
Yes, there are a handful of little surf shack shops springing up in the area for your basic surf equipment requirements, including some pretty good repair shops. We will also stock a careful chosen selection of surf equipment and accessories in our shop.
Sri Lanka has a tropical climate and is therefore hot and humid all year long. May through to October is the SW monsoon with more rain, onshore winds and humidity - so consistently large waves, often too large for many of our reef breaks, but there are bays and beaches which clean it up for surf .
The peak tourist season in the area, and the driest months of December, January and February coincide with a smaller swell season but really good wind patterns. Still at this time it’s rarely smaller than shoulder high. The months pre- and post-monsoon (November, March & April) are when the swell is consistently larger and more challenging with waves averaging about head high or more. But there’s more chance of storms in these months.
Daytime air temperature ranges from 28º-34º dropping to around 22º-26º overnight. Check this government site out for specific information.
Water temperatures are pretty consistent at 27º-29º so you can surf in board shorts the whole season long. The water quality is pretty good except during storms when the rivers wash out into the sea bringing all manner of stuff with them.
Wear your rash vest (provided as part of your surfer package), hat and decent sun-screen for sun-protection and for modesty in rural areas