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Loooooooooong Weekends in Sri Lanka

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Once I get hold of the new calendar, going through it with a fine tooth comb is a very important step in the long weekend planning process. With a full moon Poya day public holiday every month, and additional holidays for the numerous festivals that our multi-cultural nation celebrates, finding a long weekend in Sri Lanka on the calendar is not that hard. A mercantile holiday falling on a Friday or Monday means three days of chilling out for most people.

Figuring out things to do is an extremely important part of the awesomeness that is the long weekend planning process for a lot of Sri Lankans. Doing nothing or doing something is up to you. But no game plan means that you’re going to end up with a failed long weekend. Long weekend right after pay day? Endless opportunities. Take a trip to any of the towns down south, starting with Bentota. Drive to the mountains to visit Kandy, Haputale (pictured), Nuwara Eliya, and many other places in the central province. Check out some of the undiscovered coastal areas that are plentiful on this island. Go to a rave, hangout with friends or just enjoy the bliss of an uncrowded city; choices are many.

Certain external factors like the availability of alcohol or meat, and closing time for pubs and clubs should be duly noted, as different holidays come with their own sets of regulations. Most Sri Lankans tend to stock up in advance. You will also have to pick your holiday destination wisely. There is a very real threat that what you thought would be a quiet beach will actually be swarming with like-minded enthusiasts.

All in all, one thing that all these long weekends have taught us is to plan in advance. Some years there are so many, and others so few, but they all pass by so quickly.

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