Marakolliya Beach

We were a little sad to be leaving Indu and Komodu’s amazing hospitality and company but we wanted to see a little more of the south coast before we started heading inland. We picked a beach called Marakolliya about 5km’s east of Tangalle. Our faithful neighboring tuk tuk driver Dumidu drove us the 10 kms or so to Matara where we picked up a local bus to Tangalle. There we hired another tuk tuk and headed to our lodgings. Tim had done well with this pick which were little wooden cabanas 2 min walk to the beach. We had an amazing second story room with a little balcony where we overlooked bush land and a lovely breeze cooled us down. 

We dropped our bags off and headed to the beach and were wowed. It was exactly what we assumed Sri Lankan beaches would look like. Palm trees, mangroves and a beautiful quiet beach lined with a few shack like restaurants and fishing boats. This stretch of coast has quite dangerous surf so therefore less tourists I think. But there are little pockets of water where rocks shelter you from the rips and undercurrents where you can cool off in the crystal clear water. 
We headed for one of the restaurants and had a little lunch right on the beach. You honestly couldn’t have made the place more picturesque. After lunch we walked back to our place and lazed about on the balcony reading books and generally soaking up Sri Lanka. It’s amazing that such of small country of 20 million people can still have little pockets of secluded paradise. 
We ate at the restaurant attached to our lodgings and again were served some fantastic curries with rice. We impressed the hosts as we ate with our hand and they thought it was great we had learned a few Sri Lankan words.
Day 2 in paradise was pretty much a repeat of yesterday. Beach, book reading and lounging. We ate lunch at another beach restaurant and dinner at the accommodation. So pretty lazy all and all but wonderful! S

Back on the bus! 

Our accomodations. We had had the top bungalow.

The beach was a two minute walk for us and then a walk through this amazing forest of palm trees.

Just perfect.

The view from one of the restaurants we stopped and had lunch at.

The lagoon just a few minuets walk inland from our accomodation.

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