Sri Lanka is a gorgeous, striking destination full of culture, wildlife, nature, and smiling faces. For a country that has had such an intense history, Sri Lanka is home to some of the friendliest people out there. Situated between India and Southeast Asia, it is neither quite like India nor Asia, leaving it in somewhat of an inquisitive middle ground as far as geography, features, culture, landscape, and customs.
So if you’re planning a visit here, here are 6 things you should know before traveling to Sri Lanka! Take a look!
- SRI LANKA IS SAFE TO TRAVEL
While there are some precautions tourists should take when visiting Sri Lanka, the country as a whole is mainly safe. For some historical context, between the years of 1983 and 2009, Sri Lanka was riddled with a brutal civil war causing most explorers to stay away. However, since the war’s end, Sri Lanka has been progressively rebuilding its tourism and more and more visitors enter this stunning country each year.
- IT IS TIME-CONSUMING TO TRAVEL AROUND SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka is near 430 km tall and about 220 km wide. Hence, it can take you hours to travel from place to place as the roads can be very busy. Expect to wait for cows to cross the street, the infrequent monkey appearing out of nowhere, irrational bus drivers, and sometimes even a stubborn elephant in the middle of the road.
- IT CAN BE EXPENSIVE
You maybe doubt, “Is Sri Lanka expensive?” Yes! Unlike other places like Vietnam or Thailand that are quite cheap, Sri Lanka can make for an expensive visit depending on what you do. A lot of things on the island are imported, which mainly hikes up the price of imported liquors and certain foods. However, the more luxurious restaurants tend to be at high-end resorts, so stick to Sri Lankan foods such as delicious curries and local Lion lager for a very budget-friendly meal.
- RENTAL CARS REQUIRE A SPECIAL DRIVER’S LICENSE
Another obstacle to traveling to Sri Lanka is that some foreign drivers need a special license to rent a car. Unlike anywhere else in the world, you cannot rent a car for a self-guided holiday. You will need a valid license from your home country in addition to a valid International Driving Permit.
- TRAINS ARE BETTER THAN BUSES
If choosing for public transportation, trains are much more pleasant experiences than buses. For example, trains are inexpensive and often a scenic way to see the scenery. Seats can be reserved weeks in advance and are equally comfortable. Buses on the other hand are surely dirt cheap, but the drivers often drive dangerously. Furthermore, buses usually fill up and are packed with people sitting and standing.
- YOU WILL NEED A VISA TO TRAVEL TO SRI LANKA
Most tourists will need to apply for a Sri Lanka tourist visa (except for nationals of Maldives, Singapore, and Seychelles) but this is easily done online. You are entitled to a free Sri Lankan tourist visa if you are a visitor holding a passport from one of these countries:
India; Indonesia; Iceland; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Japan; Latvia; Lithuania; Austria; Australia; Belgium; Bulgaria; Canada; Cambodia; China; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Romania; Russia; Singapore; South Korea; Luxembourg; Malaysia; Malta; Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Philippines; Poland; Portugal; Slovak Republic; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Thailand; Ukraine; the United Kingdom; and the United States of America.
All of these reasons make Srilanka one of the best international destinations to visit in the world. So, contact and book your flight or exclusive Sri Lanka holiday packages today. We also have all-inclusive Sri Lanka holiday package deals that feature the best accommodation and sightseeing packages.