We are busy planning our visit to Sri Lanka. One purpose of our trip is to figure out if we could relocate to Sri Lanka. We are originally from Northern Europe but have been living for the last 6 years in Malaysia.
What we are looking for is simple, easy life with as little chaos (I know this is relative) as possible. We would like to have a house with a big yard, possibly with a swimming pool. Is it still relatively safe to live in a house in Sri Lanka?
Our son is turning 4 and one thing we need to consider is his preschool/school opportunities. We don’t need anything “posh” but still want to provide him an access to decent education. We can work from home so that is not an issue.
We are not big socialisers, but having a few drinks with other expats every now and then would be nice. We are happy to mix with locals as well.
So far Negombo and Galle has come into my mind. Am I on the right track at all?
With Negombo I like the idea of being close to the airport, but have no idea how bad the traffic can be there? Do they have quiet residential areas close to the city? Can you survive there (at least for some time) without your own transportation?
How about Galle? How far from the city we can go to be close enough (up to 30mins drive) to schools. How about Unawatuna or Hikkaduwa? Are they too far or are they too “touristy”. How about going inlands? Is there any nice hill areas close to Galle (or Negombo) where you can get a feeling of living in a countryside, but are not totally isolated or too far from schools and some facilities. We can live without lively cultural scene but do like hiking and other outdoor activities.
I know we have to go and see ourselves and we will. Nevertheless, any comments, ideas would be more than welcome to help us planning our trip.
Thanks in advance for your response!