As the weary traveller and deserted tourist soon find out, once you pass Negombo watering holes and restaurants are few and far between and soon disappear altogether into coconut plantation and desolate wilderness. Yet amidst the palm fringed acreage of Sri-Lanka’s west coast, there springs as if a mirage, a last oasis—Mintage Marawila. As a sea breeze whispers coolly about you, relish Lankan infused Chinese delicacies and an ice cold beer on our picturesque rooftop or our tranquil garden as you contemplate your adventure ahead. And don’t rush off too soon, for you may find truth in that age-old adage that ‘…sometimes the journey is the destination’.