After the TBCasia conference, our rushed tour of some of Sri Lanka’s main sights and meeting some of their most wonderful inhabitants, it was time to slow down and find a place to catch up on work. No better place to do that than a beach, where there is not much distraction, except for after-work sunbathing, and there are just no better digital nomad offices than beach cafes with the sound of the gentle waves in the background and picture perfect views. Luckily, with over 830 miles (1,300km) coastline, Sri Lanka has more than enough of those to offer, and so I made my way south from Colombo, enjoying the fresh breeze of the ocean through the open door of the train during the entire 2.5 hour ride.
Along the south coast you find many of the country’s most popular beach towns, like Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa or Mirissa, and some smaller beaches in between. I found the one pictured above, Talpe Beach, during my stay at the idyllic Villa Templeberg, a former coconut plantation, when the owner invited me to join her and some friends for a musical event at Talpe Beach, and I fell in love with this pristine beach right away.
I was lucky enough to return there a few days later and stay in a dreamy boutique hotel right at the beach (I will tell you all about Era Beach in a detailed post). An empty, tropical, coconut fringed beach turned out to be the absolute perfect place to unwind from the conference, type up notes and edit photos, and reflect on the past four weeks – you can read my full November round-up and my upcoming travel here.