We always recommend that you keep your belongings in a safe place while travelling and make use of hotel safes where available. Ensure you keep your cameras, sunglasses etc handy and never leave them unattended in public places.
The internal conflict in the country has now ceased meaning that unexpected security incidents should not happen. This also has increased the amount of tourists coming to the country within the past few years.
Organising a holiday can be an extremely exciting time but can also involve a lot of planning in order to maximise your enjoyment and comfort. Even after careful planning and taking all possible precautions, unfortunate incidences that are beyond anyone’s control can occur. Therefore we highly recommend that travel insurance is included in your plans as it will minimise financial and other risks that can occur during your travel. It is a small price to pay for undesired outcomes and for a peace of mind.
Sri Lanka is a tropical and a warm country. The recommendation is to wear light clothing made out of cotton. During the day times it’s best to avoid wearing dark colours as it may attract extra heat. We also recommend you wear sunscreen and a hat when you are exposed to the sun.
If you are travelling to the Hill Country (Nuwara Eliya), you may require a light sweater as the temperatures could drop below 16 degrees. Shorts and a t-shirt with sandals (thongs, slippers) are probably more suitable for men.
The suggestion is to buy a SIM card since it is considered the cheapest and the most convenient option. You will be able to buy SIM cards on arrival at the International Airport. You can also call overseas from majority of the hotels however higher charges may apply. There are also many communication centers that provide IDD (International Direct Dialling) facilities, however it is not the most convenient option.
Sri Lanka provides you with an abundance of photo opportunities ranging from the breathtaking sites, landscapes, wildlife, festivals, food and people. However we offer some simple suggestions regarding photography etiquette, whilst in Sri Lanka. Please ask for permission before taking photographs of people and respect their wishes if they refuse. Photographing Buddhist Monks is not taboo but can create awkwardness so assess the situation and if in doubt ask. Please be mindful that some local people may expect a tip for having their photo taken, so clarify this before taking any photographs to avoid offending anyone. Video Camera & Still Camera permits should be obtained at some of the sights.
Sri Lankans are a very warm and hospitable group, who welcome visitors to their beautiful island. Therefore we recommend several suggestions to keep in mind whilst in Sri Lanka to reciprocate the friendliness and respect.
Be mindful of dressing and behaving respectfully in religious areas. Whilst visiting religious sites please dress modestly and do not touch holy men and monks, do not pose for photographs on religious statutes and all shoes/socks need to be removed prior to entering any temples.
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• Never carry any illegal drugs in or out of Sri Lanka as the penalties can be severe (Imprisonment etc).
• Wear appropriate clothing in public places (Avoid wearing attire that may be considered too revealing).
• Conduct bargaining in a light-hearted and courteous manner.
• Always ask permission before taking pictures of people.
• Do not touch clergymen.
• Do not smoke or consume liquor inside National Parks and Nature Reserves.
• Drink bottled water and avoid drinking water from the taps and natural streams.
• Sri Lanka is a hospitable and relaxed Nation. Therefore please allow extra time when shopping, travelling, checking out of hotel rooms, ordering food or pretty much any activity.
• Sri Lanka uses a range of sockets, so your full range of travel adaptors may come in useful. Specialised Sri Lankan adaptors can be bought in major hotels and many shops. US sockets tend to be used, although older hotels, especially in the Hill Country, may use UK sockets.
• If you decide to leave your valuables in your hotel room, please ensure that you store them in a safe deposit box (available in most hotels and resorts).
• Avoid the purchase and use of any illegal substances in Sri Lanka, as there are serious penalties (imprisonment etc).