Do, don’t and advice for travelers to Sri Lanka

Valampuri Kitesurfing Resort

It Takes Longer to Get Anywhere Than You Think.
Sri Lanka is just over 50,000 Sq Km, driving distance on the map you would think you can get to north to south and east to west in few hours, this is not the case; nearly all roads are new not motorways’, narrow road used by all and speed restriction.

Don’t compare Sri Lanka to India, Here are few of the following examples how sirlanka defers
Small island, with lot cooler weather compare to India,
Much cleaner and smaller population then India.
Hospitality at its finest
Cultural Diversity
Better Beaches and Unique Wildlife
Beaches, Tea Hills, Wild Plains, and Mountains. All in one place!

Don’t visit a turtle facility unless you’re 100% sure that it places the welfare of turtles and eggs above tourist demands and photo opps.

Don’t expect your international credit card to work everywhere, be sure to inform your bank before you travel, UK’s offer No transaction fees and No cash withdrawal fees. Cash is King in Sri Lanka, Don’t expect to use your credit-card every where even in some major attractions.

Don’t walk around town half naked
Sri Lanka is unlike some other Asian countries in the sense that it is still relatively modest. The primary religion is Buddhism so be mindful of your attire when you visit temples (cover your shoulders and wear pants) or walk around town. and take off shoes and hats if you are entering a Buddhist temple. Do not mistreat Buddhist images, statues or other artifacts as it is an extremely serious offence – this is one of the most important things not to do in Sri Lanka. Don’t mock the Buddha, and don’t pose for photographs with your back facing the Buddha.

Don’t be disrespectful in religious shrines and monuments
It is especially ill-advised to touch a monk, particularly on their head, and women are not allowed to touch monks at all. Also, don’t forget to take your shoes off when visiting a temple.

Don’t turn your back on a Buddha statue.
Taking a photo with your back facing the Buddha is considered very disrespectful, and is not only frowned upon but you may be stopped by staff or police and asked to delete any photos you took in that position.

Don’t snap photos willy nilly.
Considering the recent terrist incident, Don’t take photographs of military bases, government buildings or vehicles used by VIPs (this includes numerous sites in Colombo as well as on the east coast in Arugam Bay). Before you take photos of people, especially children

Don’t hop into a tuk tuk until you’ve agreed on a price.
When you get in a ‘three-wheeler’ (aka tuk tuk), don’t forget to ask if they have a meter and check that it is on and running. You can negotiate the price if you know the usual cost. In Colombo, it is LKR 50 per kilometre. This is not the case every where in remote areas you will be charged double for short jouney, in colombo you will get droped of and another customer will get in straight away, this is not the case elsewhere; you will get charged both ways, if you are traveling long way you can negotiate the price.

Don’t forget the mozzie spray.
Rainy season in kalpitiya you will have lot of mosquitos, this will start to decrease once the rain stops and you will only see few a night, This is not the case elsewhere, you will have mosquitos all year around.

Don’t underestimate how long it takes to get from place to place.
Sri Lanka is only about 430 KM tall and 220 KM wide. But it can take you hours and hours to travel from place to place as narrow roads can be extremely busy. Expect to wait for cows or donkey to cross the road, the occasional monkey appearing out of nowhere, crazy bus drivers, tuk tuk drivers and sometimes even a stubborn elephant in the middle of the road.

Don’t get carried away in public.
Public displays of affection are not socially acceptable. However, if you must steal a quick kiss,

Don’t eat with your left hand
Sri Lankans do not use cutlery (although most establishments will oblige if you need them) and eat with their right hand. The left hand is considered ‘unclean’.

Don’t miss out on local delicacies.
Srilankan food safty office regularly monitor food safety in restaurants, this is not the case with all street food.

Sri lankan Culture.
Most Sri Lankans will place their left hand on their right elbow while handing you the item or cash with their right hand; this is considered respectful.
Please don’t… enter a temple without taking off your shoes and making sure your shoulders and knees are covered.

Most guesthouses do provide wifi, but it is convenient if you are traveling on a bus or backpacker. Mobile data is fairly cheap.

The most popular short eats include crumbed and deep-fried fish and potato cutlets, egg pastries, vegetable or chicken patties and isso vade: deep-fried lentil cakes studded with small, whole prawns. Traveling by train around the country also ensures access to a steady stream of snacks, such as raw mango pieces sprinkled with salt and chilli powder, boiled, spiced chickpeas and vadais or spongy, savory deep-fried doughnuts made of lentils. Sri Lankans have also lent a local touch to the British legacy of bread, with creations such as maalu paan or triangular buns stuffed with a peppery tuna mixture, and kimbula banis or dense, croissant-shaped buns sprinkled with sugar crystals.

Europian or UK electrical plugs?
Buildings in Sri Lanka sometimes have the three-pronged UK socket, two-pronged European and the rounded three-pronged socket used in India and Nepal.
Some guest house usually provides adapters more often not in basic accommodation.

Full moon is no party.
Full moons (the Buddhist ‘poya’)’Day of the fast’ slaughter of animals and alcohol is forbidden, and on some holidays, nobody (theoretically) sells liquor.