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Top Ten Tips for visiting Sri Lanka

  1. Change money at the airport – loads of desks and the rates should all be the same. We changed £ sterling into Rupees. We did later make a couple of ATM withdrawals too.
  2. Plan your itinerary and think about hiring a car and driver for an entire day. It cost us $50 for a whole day. Your Airbnb host will be able to book one for you.
  3. Tuktuks – always agree a price before you start your journey and never accept the first price they offer.
  4. Use your Airbnb host – get as much info from them about what you want to see in SL and ask them to help you book tickets etc.

5. Use mosquito spray when it gets to late afternoon.

6. Try the local food. Most will ask you how spicy you want it. Rotis and hoppers were lovely. For breakfast definitely try the                 pancakes rolled up with a sweet sugar/coconut filling – delicious!

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sri-lankan-breakfast7. We didn’t use our mobile phones in SL. We tried to buy a sim card at the airport just in case of emergencies but your phone needs to be unlocked for them to work. As it happens we didn’t need it anyway. Lots of restaurants had free wifi.

8.The Sri Lankan people speak very quietly and are polite. English is widely spoken.


9. Don’t be tempted to drive yourself, 5 minutes in a tuktuk will confirm that very strongly for you!!

10.Don’t forget to wear appropriate clothing when visiting religious sites – cover shoulders and knees.

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Author: Tracy

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8 thoughts on “Our top ten tips for visiting Sri Lanka

    • Tracy Collins says:

      We hate driving so it isn’t a problem for us. We love to travel by train and like the idea of hiring drivers though trying to plan it for a visit next year is quite interesting as have to make sure we can get from A to B somehow without us getting behind the wheel!

    • Linda Tallett says:

      I would just try as much of the local food as you can. In restaurants they describe curries on the menu and you can always ask for spicy or not! Rotis are lovely, a kind of flat bread and there’s always lots of sticky rice with meals. My favourite was breakfast – lots of fruit, omelette and delicious rolled pancakes with honey and coconut. Oh and bananas are tiny and very sweet. Loved it all!!

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  2. Kate Comer says:

    Sri Lanka is high on our list to visit with the kids. Do you think at age 7 and 4 yrs it would be a good place to visit or perhaps wait until they are older? Thanks

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