North Western Province
Sri Lanka's North West Province is remarkably beautiful, and provides a wonderful destination if you want to escape the hordes and get off-the-beaten track. With a superb coastline, you can explore the popular resorts of Kalpitiya and Waikkal. As you head inland, visit the remarkable Wilpattu National Park and remote villages offering guests a totally different experience of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka's North West Province is little visited by tourists, who tend to bypass this superb corner of Sri Lanka as they head up to the Cultural Triangle. Climatically, the area tends to be slightly more affected by the Maha Season from October to January and drier during the Yala Season from April to August. Sleepy fishing villages are located along the coast, and you can stay in some quiet, yet up and coming resorts such as Kalpitya. Explore the National Park of Wilpattu for leopard and wild elephant or explore the local villages where you see a remarkably untouched side to Sri Lanka, very much unchanged by time.
Puttalam, Sri Lanka
A beautifully appointed colonial mansion, Bethany 101 has been lovingly converted into a boutique hotel. Complete with original antique furniture, its location is perfect for visiting Wilpattu with its healthy population of leopards and sloth bear.
Kuliyapitiya, Sri Lanka
Horathapola Estate is a planter’s bungalow just an hour away from Colombo airport and a great first or last stop in Sri Lanka. Situated on a working estate which grows coconut, mango, pineapple and spices, Horathopala offers a tranquil stay in nature.
Anamaduwa, Sri Lanka's West Coast, Sri Lanka
The Mudhouse is an eco-friendly and rustic retreat located north east of Colombo airport. Spread over 60 acres and next to a lake, the Mudhouse is designed to have the feel of a traditional, rural Sri Lankan village.