Visit Sri Lanka for your vacation as it is a great destination with many attractive places. The visit can be with your family or yourself alone. Here in Srilanka local people are very nice, friendly and helpful. They used to go any extent to help you. Don’t try to go on topics such as religion or Cricket with them as they are very sensitive on these topics.
Special Notice For Sri Lanka Visitors.
Sri Lanka President Election is going to be held on 16th of November 2019. It won’t affect the tourists in any way. They can go on with their tour activities as usual. Only in Colombo there used to be large evening political party processions and night time campaign meetings. Simply avoid these places. On the election day stay in your hotel along the beach in Galle, Trincomalee or in Batticaloa and enjoy your stay. On the day of the election results it is better not to make trips as there will be a shortage of bus services. Keep your mobile phone with SMS News alerts to get current situation reports.
You can find lot of Apps related to Sri Lanka travel and tourism industry. Some of these Apps are available for a fee or as free. These Apps provides nearly 200 Srilanka destinations along with things to see things to do and more interesting information for the visitor. Information about locations, where to stay, where to dine and where to do shopping also provided through them. There are Apps with Sri Lanka train service schedule and ticket reservation.
These Apps provide lot of information on local water falls, reserved wildlife parks, beaches, and Historical locations, Wildlife watching, Whale watching, Dolphin watching, white water rafting, hot air ballooning and many more activities.
GPS map locations for your easy reference. You can drive safely with the help of the available GPS map guide you to the correct location. There used to be an image gallery related to each and every location.
Some advice for you.
What to do in Sri Lanka?
What are the things NOT to do in Sri Lanka?
Visit Sri Lanka Part 1
Before you visit Sri Lanka (even to fly transit) check whether you have tattooed Buddha images on your body, if so remove it other wise you may be punished here by the Government.for disrespecting the Buddhist religion.
Don’t bring lot of cash when visit Sri Lanka. If so declare it to the customs on your arrival.
If you are making any payment through your plastic cards have a good watch on it, till you get it back.
Try to take money in the ATM on the day time when the banks are open.
Use call taxis recommended by your hotel.
It is prohibited to enter in to the temples with your foot wear and cap.
Never try to take photos with Buddha statues as you may violates the local laws that can send you to prison.
Running water is safe to drink, although you can purchase cold mineral water in plastic disposable bottles.
Don’t walk while talking mobile phone specially on the railway track.
Smoking is not allowed in public places including trains and buses, violators will be prosecuted.
Use the pedestrian crossing only to cross the road, if it is marked with.
Cricket is also religion here, so don’t go on arguing of it.
Most of the three wheel (tuk-tuk) drivers are friendly people. Before to board check whether it got an operating tariff meter. When you elite from the Tuk-Tuk, check for your belongings as it is difficult to recover.
Visit Sri Lanka. Interested in buying Gemstones?
Insist to get one verification certificate from a laboratory for the Gem Stone you are buying.
This is to prevent that you are not buying a fake glass stone.
Make advance bookings for the train as it is always nearly full in the Kandy sector.
There are special observation Train compartments available for the tourists.
If you are visiting Mirissa beach from Kandy then get down from the train at the Ella Station.
Spend at least one or two days in Ella and enjoy the scenic views and cool climate.
New luxury train service runs daily from Mount Lavinia to Rambukkana and back in the evening. Luxury Hitachi train runs up and down once a day.Seats can be booked at a price of Rs.3000/-.
From October 2018 onward train fares had been increased by small percentage. So check for the new ticket price.
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