I just went for a quick 3-day holiday and had an amazing time. I arrived at midnight on a Friday, which meant that I wouldn't get to the inn until 2am and the driver was prompt and had everything arranged for me.
The beach was lovely and I was able to stand on the surf board quite a few times in just some short lessons on the long board.
A tour through Matara, looking at temples, the Sunday market and a snake farm (which wasn't really a farm-- more like one guy's collection of big and venomous snakes in his garage), was really nice. Nothing was too touristy and everything felt very chill and fun-- it was almost like being taken around by some local friends.
The only things I didn't like as much were:
- too many places required our shoes off and Priyal had suggested that we walk barefooted to a temple, which (unknown to me) was across a metal bridge that was blazing hot from the afternoon sun. Little did I know that I was in for what felt like a walk across hot coals.
- our rickshaw kept stalling (at least 5 times within a few hours)
- and overall, there were just too many mosquitos in/near the inn, despite mosquito nets and insect repellant.
All in all, an excellent long weekend and a very efficient, cost-effective tour company!
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