Puttalam is one of the more accessible spots on Sri Lanka’s neglected coast. It was once too near LTTE controlled area for comfort, but now that the country is secured it is comfortable enough. I was out of town for a few days, and mostly out of electricity. It’s a lovely place for that. Stayed at a bungalow near the lagoon, ate seafood from the same and drove around the dry zone looking for a cool spot. At night you can see the Kalpitiya spit on the horizon as seasonal wind blows like an industrial fan.
These are a few photos. Stayed at a friend’s house which they built themselves. It’s basically a roof and some minimal walls to keep the rain out. There’s enough solar power for basic lights and a modern bathroom. But beyond that it’s like you’re living outside, which is how I think a house should be. Lovely place. I think they’re renting it for about 5k a night and you can fit 6-10 people easily.
I recommend both Puttalam and Kalpitiya. They’re quite untouched and quite beautiful, and about four hours away ( I think).