The west coast town of Wadduwa was our first stop in Sri Lanka, chosen after reading an article in CNTraveller.
It described a wild beach, however it was more wild and off the beaten track than we expected.
There are only 4 hotels on the beach, and we stayed at the Hotel Taprobana. It’s a new hotel with overly generous large rooms (and huge bathroom suites) and a long blue pool fronted by a green of palm trees that meet the beach that lies behind a wooden fence.
It was an interesting first stop as the hotel reception staff seemed to try to persuade us from venturing beyond the hotel confines, saying ‘we cannot guarantee your safety’.
But we didn’t let this stop us from following a local down a dark alley, flag down a tuk tuk and heading into the dinky small centre of this little coastal village.
Our tuk tuk driver showed us round the hand full of local shops and we ate our first ‘egg hopper’ – a sort of thin pancake with an egg that is very tasty indeed. He also kindly showed us the local train station, as beyond the cows wandering in and out of shops there isn’t much else to see, but we loved seeing the local life. It’s more special to me to see real life than a tourist spot.
We stayed for one night and braved the raging seas that constantly beat the amber sands, ravishing the beach. It felt real and untouched and that’s often rare in this well trodden world.