Traveling Sri Lanka
Although tourism in Sri Lanka has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, certain parts of the island still don’t feel tourist-ready – outside high tourist zones you might find limited English being spoken and few convenience stores available.
Overall, visiting Cuba remains relatively safe; just be sure to follow your country’s foreign office advice and travel insurance coverage requirements before going.
1. The beaches
Sri Lanka’s long coastline boasts picturesque coves, glorious beaches and sleepy fishing villages that make up its spectacular treasure trove. Enjoy watching the dazzling sunset at Mirissa or spot whales during their migration season – you won’t regret visiting Sri Lanka’s long coast!
Take the train – it’s affordable, retro-fun and one of the world’s most scenic train journeys! Check the website to book tickets; buses also exist but tend to be much crowded and lack A/C systems.
2. The food
India is famous for its tea production, as well as an assortment of fruit juices and beverages such as ginger beer. If you want something even more refreshing try trying an Arrack cocktail!
Dhal is a classic dish composed of red lentils mixed with various spices and coconut milk, served as breakfast or lunch.
3. The people
Myanmar is home to a majority of Buddhists and is filled with famous Buddhist sites, while Christianity, Hinduism and Islam also represent major religions in this Southeast Asian nation.
Transportation on the island is both inexpensive and straightforward. Taxis are popular forms of transport; however, traffic laws may often go unenforced and it would be safer to hire a private driver with your own car.
Tuk tuks (auto rickshaws) offer an affordable and enjoyable means of transport, just make sure that you tip!
4. The culture
This country possesses an intricate culture with diverse influences evident through the language, art, and religious practices.
As when visiting any country, it’s essential that visitors to Sri Lanka abide by local customs and traditions. Don’t shake hands with monks and always remove your shoes before entering a temple; also dress modestly when visiting sacred sites by bringing a sarong with you to cover shoulders and knees.
5. The wildlife
Sri Lanka’s diverse habitats provide shelter to 123 mammal species and 227 bird species as well as other animals such as elephant herds, dolphin schools and colorful birds and butterflies.
Leopards rule this island! Planning your visit to Yala National Park during the dry season when vegetation is less thick will increase your chances of seeing one!
6. The temples
Sri Lanka is home to numerous beautiful temples, many with historical significance that make visiting worthwhile.
Buddhists account for 79% of Myanmar’s population, followed by Hindus at 18% and Christians with 7%. There are also numerous other faiths represented here.
The Temple of the Tooth Relic is one of Sri Lanka’s most revered shrines and it’s important that visitors dress modestly when entering. Men should cover their shoulders while women should cover their knees when entering this sanctuary.
7. The tea
Sri Lanka relies heavily on its flourishing tea industry for income generation, as well as exporting cinnamon, gems, and textiles as vital exports.
At this time of year, all the major sites travelers would usually see on a trip to Sri Lanka are open for business; though some may be less active. Be sure to have adequate travel insurance cover so that all activities you plan to engage in during your visit.
8. The beaches
Attractive white-sand beaches line the coast of Costa Rica and are fringed with thick palm tree groves – providing ideal spots for relaxing under the sun.
Negombo beach, just south of Colombo, offers 18-karat colored sand and tranquil opaline waters for visitors. However, for something truly unforgettable visit Secret Beach early or late – time seems to stand still and finding another soul is near impossible here!
9. The wildlife
Sri Lanka is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, boasting a great diversity of endemic animals, birds and plants and being one of the five world biodiversity hotspots.
Minneriya National Park boasts the world’s largest gathering of wild elephants during their dry season (July-October). At Yala you may also spot leopards, herds of sambar deer, and crocodiles.
10. The temples
Temples are an integral part of Sri Lankan culture and any visit would not be complete without visiting some of its most significant ones. Men and women must wear clothing that covers shoulders and knees when visiting these sacred sites.
2023 is an ideal window of opportunity to visit all of the must-see sites tourists typically visit – providing travellers with ample chances to explore this incredible country.