Sri Lanka - Travel Guide
Travel guide toSriLankaimage source:Kerala tour packagesSri Lanka is a small island nation in the Indian Ocean, which is located at the Southeast tip of India. Sri Lanka offers everything that a tourist wishes to see. High mountains, beautiful beaches, tropical forests and lots of animals like elephants, turtles, dolphins, and whales. Sri Lanka is the perfect place for water sport like diving, snorkeling, kiting and surfing. Most of the people living in Sri Lanka are Buddhist (70%) while 8% are Islam, 7 % Hindu and 6% Christian. Sri Lanka is moving forward very fast as the tourists explore the unexploited charm of this country. The beauty, culture, history of Sri Lanka is undeniably alluring.
Best time to visit Sri Lanka
image source:unsplash.comSri Lanka is a year-round destination. The best time to visit the West and the South coast is from December to March, while the best weather on the east coast is from April/May to September. One can also visit during the monsoons. The amazing weather, the fresh greenery, and no crowds make it an ideal Sri Lanka travel season.
Visa for Sri Lanka
image source:Srilanka - Chariot World Tours Ltd.Unlike many other Asian countries, Sri Lanka does not offer visa on arrival. However, tourists can apply for an electronic visa or e-visa. An e-visa permits a double entry visa for 30 days. The fee for an e-Visa is $35 for all the countries but is only $20 for SAARC countries.India being a SAARC member country hence Indian travelers had to pay $20. For a longer stay visa, you can apply directly to the embassy. The process is hassle-free and not at all time-consuming.eVisa fee for SAARC countries:INR 1,300/- ($20)eVisa fee for other countries:INR 2,275/- ($35).Read more:Indians May Get Visa-Free Entry To Sri Lanka Soon!!!
Flights to Sri Lanka
image source:andBeyondMost flights arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (airport codeCMB) in Katunayake. If tourists use expressway then its only an hour's drive from Colombo. Sri Lankan Airlines offer flights to Colombo from many destinations across the world, including a direct journey from Melbourne. From India Chennai, Madurai, Kochi, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, and Bangalore are having common route flight connectivity to Sri Lanka.
Accommodation in Sri Lanka
image source:weather2travel.comSri Lanka offers a wide variety of accommodation options. It varies from luxury hotels to local-run homestays. the average luxury accommodation priced at $200-400, a private room in a typical luxury hotel normally begins at $100. The luxury accommodation options in Sri Lanka include Cinnamon Hotels and Jetwing Hotel. They are popular among extravagant tourists. Hostels are cheaper options for accommodation. Hostels are priced anywhere between $8-20. Apart from these options, there are many beachside cabana-style accommodation options and eco-friendly tree houses in the wild.
Eating and Drinking in Sri Lanka
image source:Spice BazaarBeing a tourist if you are searching for cheap food options then you should stick tofamily-run restaurants, street food stalls, and hole-in-the-wall eateries. You will get the Sri Lankan version of international cuisine such as Italian, French, or Bavarian. But in Sri Lanka, you might not get their authentic taste. Some upscale restaurants in Colombo are known for their authentic taste. In general Sri Lankan cuisine is punchy, red and spicy. In small places, a hearty meal will only cost you 200 LKR ($1.3) but, the same meal will cost you $30 in an upscale restaurant. The staple meal of Sri Lanka is rice and curry. Koththu is Sri Lankasfamous food, it is a mixture of flatbread, fresh vegetables, eggs and any meat of your choice chicken, beef, mutton, and seafood being most common.If you love drinking, then in Sri Lanka try local Lion Beer. Arack distilled from nectar drawn from the coconut flower is the Sri Lankan specialty. Arrackis Sri Lankas local spirit, which is likerumand is made with coconut flowers. Drinking in Sri Lanka is expensive. The most popular local beer in Sri Lanka isLion Lagerand it costs 250 LKR ($1.5) if you buy it from alcohol shops.Read more:Food items that you must try in Sri LankaTransportation in Sri LankaLike other countries, Sri Lanka too offers different modes of transportation for the convenience of tourists.1. Public BusesPublic buses are not so comfortable. But Sri Lanka offers an efficient bus network. Private buses are too available. Some routes are covered by more comfortable, air-conditioned Volvo services.2. TrainsTrains in Sri Lanka is the best option for traveling a long distance. Except for long weekends and school holidays which fall in April, August, and December, you will always find a seat on long-distance trains.For the pre-booking of railway tickets, tourists need to go to Colombo Fort Railway Station on the day you arrive and reserve your seats.3. Tuk TuksYou might be wondering over the name Tuk Tuks, but in Sri Lanka, Tuk Tuks are auto rickshaws. They are frequently used for shorter journeys (1km 10km). In Colombo, most tuk-tuks have meters.Being a tourist, they might charge you more price, so please check the meter before boarding Tuk Tuk to avoid scams.
Activities in Sri Lanka
image source: Best of Lanka1. Trails, Hiking, and Longer TreksHiking around the Ella, and the stunning mountains above 2000 meter are simply incredible. The mountain villages such as Ella and Haputale are having to breathe taking views. Some of the landscape needs trekking to explore, so hiring a guide is advisable. Railway treks are quite popular in some areas.2. Swimming and SurfingMirissa and Weligama in the South Coast and Arugam Bay on the East Coast offers some of the World-class surf points. If you love to drive then hire a scooter (usually only around 10 USD per day) and enjoy driving around a South Coast. The south coast beaches are secluded and have powdery sand and blue waters.3. Kite SurfingKalpitiya Peninsula and Mannar in Sri Lanka are some of the worlds top kitesurfing spots. During the summer months of May to October Sri Lanka have peak kite surfing season. December to March can be considered as the shoulder season for kite surfing. After the ending of the Civil War in 2009, Mannaris slowly opening up to tourism.4. Wildlife SafarisThe wildlife safaris in Sri Lanka costs a few bucks, but when you will get immersed in the experience you will surely find it worth exchanging. The prices are usually for the whole jeep/vehicle, and if you are a couple or a single traveler, it might be wise to team up with fellow travelers to split costs. A jeep usually costs anywhere between 3000 4000 LKR ($19 $25) for a safari in a popular national park.Read more:10 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Sri Lanka