#travelasiavacatons Sri Lanka Travel Guide Important facts about Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean, has a rich blend of cultures and influences. It was also an early center of Buddhism, and to this day, many pilgrims come to pay respect to
Important facts about Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean, has a rich blend of cultures and influences. It was also an early center of Buddhism, and to this day, many pilgrims come to pay respect to Sri Lanka’s many temples such as tooth temple, while travelers enjoy the ancient art of Ayurvedic holistic healing.
Thanks to its position in maritime trading routes which brought spices from Asia to EuropeSri Lanka has attracted foreign traders since ancient times-from the Arabs to the Romans, and colonists like the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the English whose churches, fortresses, and plantations are still existing today.
Here are a few practical tips from our Sri Lanka travel guide:
Travelers from most countries need a visa, but you can get it online for $35 and the application takes around five minutes. Don’t leave it till the last day. Give yourself a 48hrs minimum.
Sri Lanka is quite good value, budget travelers can get by $50 per day by taking local buses, trains and having simple meals like rice and curry which cost around $2 and $3 per meal, but we would like to recommend hiring a driver which makes it easier to travel in Sri Lanka, however it is going to cost you around $150-$200 per day/per person.
Traveling in Sri Lanka is often dictated by the monsoon. So if one side of the island is rainy, another part is dry. The best period to travel Sri Lanka is between December and April, where the rainy season is between May to August. Also, the weather between September and November is pretty good where you can often get 30% off at hotels.
Lastly here are a few things you should not forget to pack when you travel to Sri Lanka:
Sunscreen, mosquito repellent, hats, and also ladies — do not forget your tampons because they are hard to get them here.
The weather is quite warm here in Sri Lanka, so t-shirts, shorts for guys, light dresses for girls are recommended.
Do like the locals and wear flip-flops which are perfect for the beach, temples, and even the rainstorm, but if you are planning on doing some hiking remember to bring some sturdy shoes.
Also, if you visit a temple try to be respectful to avoid offending locals and if you are a female try to cover your skin as much as possible. Cover your midriff and shoulders, wear pants down past your knees or wear an easy dress to throw on. And also, everyone has to take their shoes off when you enter a temple.
Men have to wear long pants as that is the normal dress code for temple. Also, white is a good color to wear which is a sign of you are showing respect, but one of the biggest mistakes you could do to offend locals is to take a selfie with the Buddha Statue (Putting your back towards the Buddha is a big sign of disrespect. )
and any kind of imagery of the Lord Buddha, such as T-shirts, shorts, etc. don’t wear those. Even if you have a tattoo of the Buddha, unfortunately, that is a strike THREE and you are out. Hope you gathered a lot of information from our Sri Lanka travel guide.
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