Sri Lanka is one of the most charming countries in Asia. The island has a lush environment and is populated by many species of wild animals. You will definitely enjoy watching a herd of elephants in the country. The plants’ intense green color makes one feel as if the whole country were one big national park.
The following tips will be useful if you’re planning a trip to Sri Lanka.
1. A Visa is required
Unfortunately, it is not possible to request a visa on arrival; it is mandatory to request one prior to arriving in the country. However, thanks to the website srilankavisa.org applying for an electronic visa for Sri Lanka is easy and quick. The visa is valid for 30 days and therefore will fit the needs of any traveller who wishes to spend a few weeks in the country as a tourist.
2. Trains are the Best Mode of Transport
Renting a car in Sri Lanka is not advisable as they aren’t very common and the roads are mostly in poor conditions, meaning that it can take hours to get to one place to the other. Trains are the preferred mode of transport also for locals and therefore, this is the best option to move around while visiting. When travelling on a train, you’ll be able to enjoy incredible views of forests, tea estates, hills and… monkeys! The train moves at a slow speed allowing you to peep around and take awesome pics.
3. Carry cash
Although it’s not always the case, many people have reported difficulties in using ATM machines in Sri Lanka, therefore it is recommended to carry some cash. You can comfortably exchange currency in the local banks and have plenty for use. On the other hand, banks in Sri Lanka close early. Make sure you access bank services before 3 pm.
Locals are used to taking tap water and while technically it is safe, it’s not recommended to drink it. Water composition is slightly different all around the world and there may be microorganisms that your body is not used to. So to avoid unpleasant surprises, it’s best to only drink bottled water. The only downside is that bottled water is slightly expensive, unlike in other Asian countries. Here are other health recommendations to follow while visiting Sri Lanka.
5. Electrical Sockets
The electrical sockets in Sri Lanka are different form the ones of the US for example, so it’s important to bring along a travel adaptor. Regarding voltage, there should not be any problem but it’s always best to check before plugging anything in.
6. It’s not only about the beaches
When people hear of Sri Lanka, all they think of is the beaches. While indeed Sri Lanka’s beaches are marvelous, the country has much more to offer so be sure to explore a little more. There are beautiful green hilly areas full of endemic wildlife as well as interesting historical places. The most common areas are Haputale, Nuwara Eliya and Elle.
From hill country to turquoise coastlines, there is no doubt Sri Lanka has an insanely appealing nature. While exploring this beautiful country, keep in mind these few pieces of advice that will help you travel swiftly. One last thing- Remember to deal with tuk-tuk drivers carefully.