Tips for your benefit, before you start.
Avoid Long Weekends
When you are planning a trip to Sri Lanka, try to avoid long weekends check the Calendar for mercantile Holidays which fall on just before or after Saturday/ Sunday. Locals coming to the roads on long weekends and your time would waste on the roads/li>
SET YOUR MIND
When you are landed at the Bandaranaike International Airport, the very first thing you should do is… “SET YOUR MIND”… that you’ve entered a 3rd world country. Don’t try to compare anything with your origin or country. Be patient…i’m pretty sure that the value and taste for the money that you will be getting in Sri Lanka is hardly matchable with outer world.
Get a SIM card with broadband
Probably the next thing you should do is to get broadband SIM card connection. Activation is straightaway once you pay. Then update your loved ones about your landing.
See the available services…
Free wifi is available at some places including Airport, main Railway Stations and Bus Stands
Back Everything Up
Keep your important documents and photos backed up. Keep both digital and physical copies of your passport, visas, driver’s license, birth certificate, health insurance card, serial numbers, and important phone numbers.
Backup your files & photos on an external hard drive as well as online (google drive/ dropbox). There are many “Communication” shops around to reach internet
At an emergency
Just come out where you stay and spend a few hours sitting in a park or on a busy street corner by yourself just watching day to day life happen in front of you.
Pay close attention to the details around you. The people, smells, colors, dress style, human interactions, food style, and sounds. It’s a kind of meditation. Definitely you would collect more info for the next move
Smile & Say Hello
Sri Lankans are always welcome smiley faces and that will make you new friends for the journey. Basic English is spoken widely around coastal areas and main cities, so it’s easier to communicate with them than you might think, especially when you combine hand gestures and body language.
People don’t stand in lines.
Instead of queuing up, Sri Lankans form a crowd (unless defined the line with a rope) . Trying to get the things done before others.
Be patient, probably booth operator would call you. If not, still try to line up
Eat Local Food
Think you already know what Sri Lankan cuisine tastes like? You’re probably wrong.
Sri Lanka, being an island with a tropical climate, coconuts, rice, chilly, lime, onion and fish are the most influential components of Sri Lankan cuisine. Sri Lankans thoroughly love spices. Coconut in some form or another, is a dominant ingredient in cooking.
Explore more on Sri Lankan food. visit The Island’s Best Dishes
There are plenty of tasty Sri Lankan Drinks you can try out.
Illegal beverages are there such as “Kassipu” (local Vodca) in other words, “well fanta”, a distilled beverage composed primarily of fruits or sugar. Traditional and primitive methods used for this and you never know whats happening after consume. so don’t try it out.
Avoid “Koththu” in street restaurants, small hotels
Smoking and consuming liquor
Smoking and consuming liquor in public areas is banned in Sri Lanka. (including city limit roads) The smoking ban includes enclosed public places such as restaurants and social clubs.
Cannabis, weed(Ganja)/ Marijuana/ Hashish is not legal in Sri Lanka. Selling, growing and possession are all illegal and are punishable by law.
Approaching Tuktuk taxi drivers is the best option to purchase if you are dying for
At Night Clubs
Sense carefully before u got high. lonely flowers could be found. Avoid approaching other ladies. Specially who companion with guys.
Fun & Spa
Refreshing your mind and body with “Ayurveda” message is interesting. Places would offer range of herbal treatments, various types of baths and massages.
Apart from that, Full body massage parlours are around with option of “Happy Ending”
Tuk Tuk (Trisho/ Three Wheeler)
Don’t take a taxi driver’s word on it if they say an attraction or site is closed for the day; many times they will use this tactic to try to “suggest” other destinations which earn them a commission. If in doubt, just thank them for the information and ask another driver.
Using Public Transportation
Don’t talk about politics
Seriously, not a word. focus on your trip rather than giving suggestions to make Sri Lanka better.
Visiting Religious Places
When visiting temples, dress conservatively (preferably in white) – particularly should wear long skirts/3 quarter or trousers, have their shoulders covered, and should walk in bare foot.
Be careful when taking photos. There are plenty ancient temples (thousands years old). Flashing could damage world heritage. Also speak softly when in a temple. Even more so if monks are present worshiping!
Avoid Religious Tattoos.Its punishable offence. Even you could be deported soon after found guilty.
Mosquitoes are in all areas, Try Jungle Formula (50% Deet) spray or Smear/spray yourself with repellent would give some protection. wear the spray in the daytime as well as night.
Sea is appealing but you have to be careful. Never swim alone, at night, under the influence of alcohol.
Crocodiles live in rivers and small lakes across Sri Lanka, often changing habitat via sea. When travelling near crocodile habitats, seek locals advice before swim in rivers, lakes, deep pools or mangrove shores.
Sea Urchin Puncture
Sea urchins have globe to flattened-shaped bodies covered with spines. Beware, They live in shallow, rocky bottoms, or hide in sandy cervices. You could accidentally step on them
Better to wear a shirt, hat, sunglasses and SPF 30+ sunscreen lotion, even on cloudy days. If spending the whole day outdoors, reapply sunscreen regularly. Stay out of the sun during the middle of the day when the sun is strongest. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
It’s better to know something better than nothing…read these blogs and articles for betterment of your tour.
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