Sri Lanka can be visited any time in the year. However the best time to
tour the island is November to April. Peak season is December to mid
January. The festival of Easter falls between March and April and the island
becomes very colorful.
Location of Beach Resorts
Most beach resorts in Sri Lanka are located in South-Western coastal area.
They recieve monsoon rains from June to October. It is advisable to avoid
this time while planning your tour itinerary.
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Generally speaking tourists are safe in Sri Lanka. However it is advisable
to travel with a compinion. Far north and eastern Sri Lanka has been
suffering from confrontation between government forces and rebels. So it
would be better if you keep distance from these areas. Take care of your
personal things yourselves. Maintain a record of vital documents. If any
paper is missing report the matter to the police immediately.
Main towns are good in health facilities. You can request your hotel
to arrange a local doctor in an emergency. However in remote areas you
should get information in advance about health facilities if you are
suffering from any particular problem.
What to wear
Most of Sri Lanka has hot and humid climate. So light cotton clothes would
be appropriate. However if you plan to go to the hills we would advise you
to carry woolens as well as waterproof clothing. While visiting areas wear
long sleeve shirts and trousers in evening. This would protect you against
mosquitos. When visiting religious sites be careful to dress modestly. Leave
your footwear outside before entering. Sun hat and sunglasses On beaches too
you should not behave indecently. Sri Lankans appreciately decent
Equipments for Activities
If you plan trekking go with suitable gear. If you wish to indulge in water
sports take your own snorkel and diving equipment. You can get required gear
from various agencies.
Cost of Tour
Compared to west food, accommodation and transport facilities are cheap.
Budget travellers can have their these expenses withing $20 everyday. If you
board in expensive hotels and hire cars for travelling you should do at
around $50 a day.
How To Reach
All international flights in Sri Lanka arrive at the Bandaranayake
International Airport, 35 km north of Colombo, and 6 km of Negombo. Several
tour operators in Europe and the US offer holiday packages in the tourist
season i.e. November to April.
Tea and coffee are two most popular drinks in Sri Lanka. Tender coconut
'milk' is also a refreshing option. All internationally branded and local
drinks are also available. Imported wines are expensive. However local beer
and spirits are widely available. As for drinking water Western visitors
might find tap waters not upto their standards. Bettler to purchase bottled
mineral water. However buy it from good departmental store for all bottled
water is not mineral water.
Vegetarian food is less common in Sri Lanka. It might be difficult to find
it in some places.