The Ultimate Guide to Solo Female Travel in Sri Lanka

Let me start by saying that I’ve quite literally travelled all across Sri Lanka solo in every way you could possibly imagine. From cars, trains, bicycles, tuk tuks, boats, vans and buses to a hot air balloon and an army jeep, I have a lot of first hand experience as both a tourist and a resident. From my first solo trip 2 years ago (I travelled with family prior to this) to the guesthouse where I’m writing this in Jaffna, I have learnt so much between then and now by these many experiences.

I honestly do believe Sri Lanka is one of the safest countries in Asia to travel solo but as much as I love living here, unwanted attention, even harassment can be an issue for women. The question is, how to avoid it and stay safe throughout your travels?

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Sri Lankan Chicken Curry Recipe by Galle Fort Hotel

One of my favourite foodie spots in Galle Fort is Galle Fort Hotel which is also featured in my foodie guide of Where to Eat and Drink in Galle Fort.

I requested the recipe to share with you here on Style in Sri Lanka as it’s truly delicious. I’ve already published one chicken curry by Jetwing Hotels- this has a richer, creamier sauce fragranced with ginger and lemongrass in comparison to the rustic kick of tamarind in Jetwing’s found here.

The recipe is with boneless chicken. In Sri Lanka meat is often cooked on the bone but as this blog is aimed for an international audience, I decided that boneless would be more suitable and appealing to a larger audience.


Ingredients

For the marinade:
500g boneless chicken cubes
1 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp roasted curry powder

½ tsp turmeric powder

1 large onion finely sliced onion
3 sprigs curry leaves
1 1/2 inch piece of rampe
½ tsp chopped ginger
½ tsp chopped garlic
1 stalk of lemongrass
1 piece of cinnamon
2 cloves
1 tsp vegetable oil
Salt to taste
½ a cup thick coconut milk


Method


1. Cut the chicken into cubes and marinate with salt, chilli powder, curry powder and turmeric for about 30 minutes.

2. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the sliced onions, curry leaves, ginger, garlic, lemongrass, cinnamon, rampe and cloves in a medium heat till lightly browned.

3. Add the marinated chicken, half of the coconut milk and let it cook for 10 -15 minutes with the lid on.

4. Mix in the rest of the coconut milk bring to boil, reduce the heat to simmer for about 5 minutes till the meat is cooked through.

5. Season to taste and serve hot.


Any tips of your own when cooking this dish? Do share below!

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10 Ayurvedic Sri Lankan Supermarket Hacks

by Alice Luker


Ayurveda, translating in Sanskrit as ‘life-knowledge’ travelled across the seas from India to Sri Lanka thousands of years ago. Within local communities of the island today it’s considered an essential daily lifestyle practise- from the body via food to the mind and spirit through meditation.

As well as an alternate form of plant based (herbal) medicine, following an Ayurvedic lifestyle is believed to prevent future inbalances of the body which are considered equally as important in discouraging disease.

I’m no expert in the practise but over the past few years I’ve familiarised myself with the essential Ayurvedic household items as well as what would be considered luxury products inspired or influenced by the ancient practise.

The ideas below are all bought from local supermarkets found across the country from Cargills Food City, Keehls Super to Arpico. The most generously stocked branches (with a wider selection) can be found in major cities and towns.

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Passion Fruit & Ginger Cheesecake Recipe by The Old Palm House

I was introduced to this zingy cheesecake at the Old Palm House in Galle; a charming refurbished colonial house in perfect harmony of it’s original character.

With passion fruit grown locally in Sri Lanka in addition to the popularity of ginger biscuits sold extensively by all of the major supermarket brands, this cheesecake is the perfect fusion of well loved local flavours in a classic dessert which can be baked and enjoyed across the world.

For extra decadence, a small scoop of ice cream or drizzle of fresh cream is a temptation you wont regret giving into!
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Interview with Artist Rudrani Devi Das

Rudrani Devi Das is a talented artist, model and blogger of Sri Lankan/Norwegian descent, based in the picturesque countryside of Kandy with her father and teacher Rahju; one of the most celebrated artists of Sri Lanka. Continue reading Interview with Artist Rudrani Devi Das

The Ultimate Tuk Tuk Survival Guide in Sri Lanka

Tuk tuks, (also known as rickshaws, trishaws, three-wheelers) are ubiquitous across Sri Lanka in a multitude of colour, in fact, you’ll rarely walk far anywhere without being approached by a driver, especially in Colombo.

They’re nimble in traffic, convenient to hop in and out at your leisure and for first time visitors, provide novelty ‘edge of seat’ entertainment on open air ground level- a true multi-sensory experience if there ever was one!

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Sri Lankan Chicken Curry Recipe by Jetwing

Next up on my top Sri Lankan recipes is a real favourite of mine; Jetwing’s mouth-watering chicken curry. It’s surprisingly easy and works alongside any array of vegetable dishes, perfectly lapped up with Pol Roti or rice.

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Interview with Japanese Yogi & Manga Artist Yumi

Sometimes you meet people in life who instantaneously inspire you from their presence alone. Japanese yogi and manga artist Yumi has been based in Sri Lanka for over 10 years with her husband Waruna; the founder of Waruna Antiques and The Kandy Samadhi Centre. I met Yumi in the midst of the Kandian jungle at the centre, beaming with peace and calm where she teaches yoga and regularly visits during the weekend with their beautiful daughter.


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How to Experience Sri Lanka Like a Local

There’s no better way to experience Sri Lanka than with a dash (however much is up to you!) of exposure and experience within the local community. From travelling on public transport to buying from corner shops to support the local economy, your time in Sri Lanka will no doubt be enhanced with more smiles and memories if you embrace the true nature of the country.

To help along the way, here are my top tips for jet-setters to experience the country with an infusion of local culture.

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