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Travel Expert Guide to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is the #1 Tea exporters in the world and they have some of the best Tea on the planet. Definably a worthwhile reason to visit but not by far the only one. Sri Lanka is a spiritual land and there is much to explore. If you’re seeking a lifechanging vacation this is the place to go.

Before You visit

You will need your visa, a Hep A and B, Typhoid and Japanese Encephalitis vaccine and medication. Sri Lanka Ruppe and some basic Sinhala and Tamil knowledge will also go a long way. The best time to visit is December to March before the rain season arrives. Avoid May to August at all cost. The climate is tropical, humid and very warm. You will encounter Buddhist and Hindu religions so be mindful to respect each of the locations.

Things to Try out in Sri Lanka

Beach Holidays – Sri Lanka is very famous for its beaches. The entire island is surrounded by crystal blue clean ocean. Nature and Wildlife – Includes its flora and fauna and their natural Habitats. Sri Lanka has one of the highest rates of biological endemism in the world. Tea Trails – is the most scenic part of Sri Lanka with breathtaking views of mountain ranges and fields of tea leaf. Whale and Dolphin Watching – Sri Lanka is becoming a major spot for watching whales and dolphins. Rail Trains – Train travel is perhaps the best way to see Sri Lanka at its natural pace.

Must Visit Sigiraya, Yala National Park, Mirissa, Ella, Kandy, Polonnarawa.

  • Polonnarawa – Second great capital of Sri Lanka after Anuradhapura – Major attractions include Satmahal Prasada, The Polonnaruya Museum, Demala Maha Seya and Lotus Bath.
  • Nilaveli Beach - Snorkeling, whale watching and parasailing
  • Pigeon Island – Scuba diving, snorkeling, bird watching
  • Fort Fredrick Trincomalee – Koneswaram Temple, Gokana Temple

Cities worth visiting 

Anaradhapura – The city of Anaradhapura is the ancient capital of Sri Lanka with ample archeological sightseeing. Dambulla Rock Temple – Golden Temple and Cave paintings of Dambulla Arugam Bay – Experience the serenity of the waters and great surfing spot. This fabulous south-eastern coastal town is becoming an extremely popular surfing spots. Galle – Enjoy a scenic train ride or simply hop on to an A/C bus to Galle. Kandy – Listed as a world Heritage City. Kandy has a myriad of temples and culture spots. Kitulgala – Features amazing nature and river trails. Best for trekkers and outdoor travelers

Must Try food –

  • Sri Lankan Rice and Curry.
  • Hoppe and Egg Hoppe
  • Coconut Sambai
  • Vegetable Roi
  • Egg Roi

Cultural Shock Tips

Dress modestly; women should wear long pants and shirts with long sleeves to avoid unwanted attention. Tight fitting clothing should be avoided out of respect for the culture. Primary religions of the country are Buddhist and Hindi. Tipping Rules: Guide gets 10% per day, Taxi Drivers round up and wait staff gets 10%. Do NOT give money to begging children to avoid becoming a victim of theft, do not ride elephants nor believe tour guides who offer this service as Elephants are religious animals and not an attraction of Sri Lanka. Do not flash valuables or wear gold or expensive jewelry.

Travel Packing Essentials for Sri Lanka.

 
  • White or light colored outfits – For visiting temples.
  • A hat for protecting yourself from the sun.
  • Mosquito Repellent – for…. Mosquitos.
  • Cotton or light clothing – best material to wear in Sri Lanka

Basic Sinhala words

  • Ow – Yes
  • Naa – No
  • Ayubowan – Hello
  • Istuti – thank you
  • Karunaherara – Please
  • Mata Terineeh neeh – I don’t understand
  • Koheda Yaana? – Where are we going
  • Ingirishi Dannevada ?  - Do You Speak English.

Basic Tamil

  • Vanakkan – Hello
  • Poyvituvarakiren (or just don’t say goodbye) - Goodbye
  • Amam  - Yes
  • Illai – No
  • Nandril – Thank you.
  • Puriyadu – I don’t understand.

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