We made a short stop in Galle on the way back toward Colombo, strolled around the old streets and stayed at a guest house inside the citadel. Go for the excellent food and pretty look of things, but leave again for the real Sri Lanka.
Possibly the best homestay on the island, some seriously relaxed time on the beach and long walks around town was exactly what we wanted on the coast. Throw in some monkeys and the best food we had on the island, and you can’t go wrong.
We spent the night in Udawalawe to be ready for an early morning safari. We got to see elephants up close and so many other animals! While we were in Udawalawe, we also visited an elephant orphanage, where orphaned baby elephants are raised to be released.
We spent a few days in Ella, and here are some suggestions for activities to keep you busy for at least a full day. If you get tired from a hike up one of the hills, just relax with a meal on a terrace overlooking the tea plantations.