Balapitiya, Sri Lanka

If you're after a more authentically Sri-Lankan slice of life than you'll find in the country's resort-ridden tourist hotspots, the fishing village of Balapitiya might be just up your seaside-y street. From its lush greenery to its golden sands, it's a top hiding-out-from-the-world-for-a-week-or-two hush-hush holiday hotspot. There are surfer havens down the coast, historic sites nearby in Galle, and the capital-city lights shining back in Colombo, but once you're esconsed in blissful Balapitiya, why would you want to leave?

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