Those who have known me for a bit, know that I like to go to Sri Lanka every European winter. The south coast is bursting with pristine beaches, excellent surf spots and lively coastal towns. I am in love with Hiriketiya and usually spend a good amount of time in Midigama as well: the ideal spot to visit Ahangama and Weligama too. Weligama is a great place for those who want to try their first nose dive with a surfboard. You’ll find lots of nice restaurants, coworking spots and bars there, but the beaches are not as nice as in Midigama. Ahangama is bursting with beautiful (boutique) hotels, brunch spots and fine restaurants. These are my Midigama/ Ahangama tips and highlights!
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Casa Tikiri | Ahangama tips | best hotels
Best hostels, homestays and the best hotels in Ahangama/ Midigama
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Surfing Wombats: super cozy hostel, with delicious pizza and a popular “open mic night” on Tuesdays. If you’re brave enough…
Samba opened recently and I have heard great things about it!
Tip: rent a scooter! Just be sure to apply for an international driver’s license at home before you leave. To drive a scooter or tuk tuk in Sri Lanka you also need a Sri Lankan driving permission. You get this at Department of Motor Traffic in Colombo. It costs arount 35 USD and takes about 3-4 hours. But… to be honest.. almost nobody has this permit and it is usually fine.
Dreamsea Surf Camp & Casa Tikiri | Ahangama tips | best hotels
Homestays Ahangama/ Midigama
Ahangama Eco Villa: favorite of many digital nomads because of its pool and good location in Ahangama.
The Whitegates Lodge: small homestay with only 2 rooms. Delicious breakfast every morning. Includes air conditioning, a fridge and a fantastic bed. I stayed here for 10 days. You can also rent a good scooter here. The family is so nice!
South Sea Villa
Hotels Ahangama/ Midigama
Casa Tikiri: perhaps my favorite stay to unwind in all of Sri Lanka. So much atmosphere, beautiful rooms, Italian food and a lovely pool. If you want to pamper yourself for a few days, book a couple of nights here. Highly recommended! Adults only.
Jamu Surf Lodge
The Kip: bright, spacious rooms, very stylish and fully equipped. In addition, The Kip is one of the best brunch spots in Ahangama. There is also a dangerously cute store. Enter at your own risk.
The Kip | Ahangama tips | best brunch spots
Dreamsea Surf Camp: an oasis in a prime location in Ahangama. Beautiful rooms by the sea and a large pool. You can also book good surfing lessons or a surf package here.
The Deco House
Helios Boutique Villa
PALM: boutique hotel in the middle of the jungle, with very photogenic cabanas, a gym and a fantastic restaurant.
Harding Boutique Hotel: luxury hotel in the middle of Ahangama.
Surfing in Ahangama can be quite “intense.” In particular, the spots near Kabalana Beach are often rough and the risk the wellknown “washing machine experience” is very high here: trying to figure out which way is up. If you prefer to keep your contact lenses in place and want friendlier waves, you should head to Marshmellow Point, Lazy Right or Fishermen’s (depending on the swell of course).
Brunch at Cactus | Ahangama tips and highlights
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The best brunch spots in Ahangama/ Midigama
The Kip: beautiful spot, delicious menu.
Cactus Lounge: getting busier every year, but this ocean side gem offers a wide selection of Instagrammable smoothies, bagels and excellent coffee.
PALM: extensive brunch menu and for a fee you can also use the fantastic swimming pool.
Maria Bonita: try the iced matcha latte!
Art surf café – swallow
The best brunch spots | Ahangama tips
Best Nights out in Ahangama/ Midigama
Tuesday: ‘open mic night’ at Surfing Wombats after that you can dance the night away on the rooftop across the street at Lay back @ Lazies.
Wednesday & Saturday: get a tuk tuk to The Doctor’s House in Madiha.
Thursday & Sunday: dance at Lamana (including a skateramp), prepare to sweat, and if you want to continue your night head to Hakuna Matata.
Friday: Trax. This funky spot, with a large garden, is pretty much on the train tracks, hence the name. There are often great nights with live music and DJs.
Sunday: live music, BBQ and/ or a DJ at sunset at Soul & Surf.
Sunset cocktails at Lighthouse are always a good idea. At the rooftop of this former lighthouse, you have an awesome view over the ocean. The garden is also a great place for sunset drinks.
Palm Hotel & Casa Tikiri | Ahangama tips | best hotels
Tip: skip Mirissa and Unawatuna (a day trip is enough); too touristy and full of Russians, who are not always on their best behavior… In Hikkaduwa you will find the impressive tsunami museum, which is definitely worth a visit, but other than that, I did not really like it there.
Shopping in Ahangama
Rice and curry | best restaurants | Ahangama tips
The best rice & curry in Ahangama/ Midigama
Sri Lankan Rice & Curry House
The most beautiful beaches in Ahangama/ Midigama
Kabalana Beach (have a refreshing beer at Rock Beach Kabalana)
Paradise Cove: fancy, new beach club in Midigama
Co-working places in Ahangama/ Midigama
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