An all-inclusive guide to Whale Watching in Sri Lanka

Among the other excruciating journeys, you’ll take in Sri Lanka, Whale Watching in Mirissa is the best part of your Sri Lankan Tour. Mirissa is a small finishing town in southern Sri Lanka, that holds the best geographical location for whale watching. The golden beach and the turquoise sea will sprinkle you with that beach holiday vibe which is the best therapy for you if you are a true ocean lover. What can be more rewarding than sighting magnificent whales during your beach holiday for you?

Mirissa in Sri Lanka

Where is Mirissa and how to get there?

Mirissa is a small town in the Galle district of southern Sri Lanka. You can take the scenic route by the sea, the highway, or the famous train route to come to Mirissa. Getting to Mirissa does not take that much time if you are staying in Colombo. If you take the highway, it will take only an hour for you to get to Galle. But the scenic route by the sea and the railway to Galle too is highly recommended for you will certainly appreciate the picturesque view.

Mirissa is the perfect destination for a beach lover. Southern Sri Lanka gives you access to experience the Asian wildlife excursion you always desired. But you surely have added a relaxing evening by the beach watching the sunset to your Sri Lankan tour.  Your destination Mirissa will give you all these without a fail. This is arguably the most famous destination for whale watching in Sri Lanka. The geographical position makes Mirissa the finest destination for whale watching as it has the narrowest continental shelf with ocean depths reaching from 1Km to a few kilometres offshore.

Mirissa beach Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka itinerary

What to expect during your excursion? 

You already know that Sri Lanka is a haven for wildlife. Freely roaming elephants in the Yala and the Udawalawa national park, Sri Lankan leopard spotted majestic in Yala, a multitude of birds in different shades, giant crocodiles, leatherback turtles and how can you not go and see the whales? Whale watching at Mirissa is a must-do in your Sri Lankan itinerary. You are guaranteed that you will reward your eyes with a magnificent view of these amazing whales. That is because Sri Lanka is at the top few countries in the world to watch whales. Seeing these magnificent creatures float freely in the ocean is an exhilarating sight. Undoubtedly this is one of the best experiences you will get during your Sri Lankan tour Itinerary and that one excursion you will never regret.  

Different species of whales can be seen on the Sri Lankan coast. Before you take the tour know what you are expected to witness. A variety of whale species can be seen throughout your whale watching tour. This includes Fin, the second largest whale species on earth; Bryde’s whale, a baleen whale also known as the tropical whale; Minke, a member of the ‘great whale’ family; Humpback whales who live in oceans all around the world and travel great distances; Sperm whales, the largest toothed whale and, the largest of them all the blue whale. If you see dolphins during your whale watching excursion, do not be surprised as the Sri Lankan coast is constantly visited by a plethora of dolphins. The best time to see the whales and dolphins are between late November to mid-April. However, the spectacular sight of blue whales is guaranteed to be seen between February and Mid-March. This is the time of the year when a smaller fish called Krill groups around the coastline of Sri Lanka who whales love to consume. Apart from the Krill feast for the whales, there’s an annual whale migration of blue and sperm whales between the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian seas through the coast of Sri Lanka. This migration is now celebrated as of the greatest migratory routes of the world. During your trip to Sri Lanka from November to April, you won’t miss the sight of these colossal creatures.

Whale watching in Mirissa sri lanka

Best time for whale watching

You can find plenty of tour operators who offer you whale and dolphin watching expeditions. Most of these set off from Weligama bay. There will be some tour operators who offer you cheaper tickets. But remember your safety comes first. Ethical whale watching is another aspect you need to think about when you choose your tour operator. Whale watching is a relatively new tourist attraction in Sri Lanka. Therefore, make sure that you choose a reliable operator who will not disturb the wellbeing of the whales, or any other marine life sighted during your excursion. Taking an ethical tour is important for your safety as well as for the safety of the whales because experienced reliable tour operators follow the proper and necessary practices. Such operators will always keep a safe distance from the whales and dolphins that you encounter while guaranteeing a breathtaking view of these truly magnificent creatures that you don’t see every day. These whale watching tours of Mirissa usually depart around 6.30 am, and last for nearly five hours. If the whales are not sighted the tour might extend from six to eight hours as per your suggestion.

Where to stay in Mirissa? 

If your Sri Lankan itinerary includes whale watching, you must stay near Mirissa. Plenty of star grade hotels and cosy motels are available near the beach and even in Galle, from where you can easily travel to Mirissa. Most of these luxury hotels, villas, guest houses and even budget hotels in Mirissa are within walking distance to the beach. Most of the best star grade hotels and resorts are further along the coast. If you intend to you can find cheaper accommodation easily in this area. Yet all these hospitable places assure you comfort and most importantly mouth-watering seafood dishes of all sorts. Most of the restaurants of the area have excellent seafood menus and they are a few minutes away from the beach. So, you can enjoy your meals as you watch the sea waves touch the soft beach. All these hotels and villas provide you with delicious cuisine in their specific restaurants. Many of them have restaurants on Mirissa beach that offer you seafood menus, both local and international, and beverages in the evenings. 

Mirissa Villa and resort for stay

Hot Air Balloon Ride in the magical island of Sri Lanka

Hot Air Balloon Adventure is one of the best activities you can indulge in during your visit to Sri Lanka. You can experience this one of a lifetime venture in a few of the most scenic places in the island paradise. These places include: Sigirya, Habarana, Kandlama, and Dambulla. The climate in Dambulla to Kandalama is remarkable for flying balloons. The weather is always calm and predictable. The balloon rides usually take place in the morning and cover ten miles. The height at which you want to fly varies from treetop level to thousand feet up. Your safety is assured with excellent pilots and ground staff who are highly qualified and experienced. Remember that only fewer passengers can fly at a time as your safety comes first.

What is it all about?

Treat your eyes to the breathtaking views of beautiful Sri Lankan landscapes as you choose to ride through the sky. Hot Air Balloon tours are commonly popular among tourists for the adventure they offer for an affordable price. You can drift over the scenic tropical paradise witnessing historical and cultural monuments below along with never-ending greenery as the morning sun warms the island. You will be marvelled at the panoramic view of the Sri Lankan countryside and the many man-made lakes glittering below. A Hot Air Balloon tour is your best opportunity to witness the true magic of ancient Sri Lankan architecture, as you drift through the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka.

When and where?

Nothing beats an unforgettable hot air balloon excursion across the plains of Sri Lanka Trip. A silent ride through the blue skies over a heritage site or a wildlife part is simply magnificent. Make your vacation in Sri Lanka memorable by choosing a ride to the sky. You can celebrate your anniversary, propose to your beloved or even celebrate your kids’ birthday on a Hot Air Balloon. The diverse ecosystem of Sri Lanka allows you to enjoy this magnificent ride. December to March contains a rainless season for the tropical island making this hot air balloon ride the most affordable, luxurious and the most entertaining encounter. These extravagant rides function from Dambulla, Sigiriya, Kandalama and Habarana.


Hot Air Balloon tours are available from the north-central plains of the country. This covers Dambulla, the best terrain you can find to experience the excursion of rural Sri Lanka. As you float through the cloudless skies you will see the wonders of the ancient irrigation system of the country along with the lush paddy fields and verdant untouched forests. The cave temple of Dambulla is a popular tourist destination. Complimenting the caves are the enormous golden Buddha statue of Dambulla. As you float through the sky, you are privileged to examine the amazing ancient architecture. The service from Dambulla is available from December to March.

Your safety is assured with our well-trained pilots who will brief you on everything you need to know.


When You begin your Hot Air Balloon adventure from Sigiriya, you must start your journey around 4.45 am. You can catch the first rays of the sun and the morning breeze. Ideally, you should stay in a hotel near Sigiriya, so your tour organizers will provide you with transportation. Witnessing the Lion Rock from above will indeed marvel you as this is the only possible method for you to appreciate the true architectural marvel of ancient Sri Lanka. Not only the Lion rock, but the surrounding ancient water park and its significance will make you question the ancient irrigation technology of the Sri Lankan people.


Your ride will be waiting in the place where you stay to pick you up for the Hot Air Balloon ride. It is recommended that you commence your journey at 5.15 am. As the sun rises, you will find the breathtaking view and the vibrant colours of the Kandalama Lake and the surrounding natural sanctuary. Your ride will be complemented with the majestic view of the golden Buddha statue and with glimpses of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Your ride will take one hour or an hour and a half, depending on the wind directions and where you will land.

What would the experience be like?

hot air balloon ride in sri lanka


If you are staying in Habarana, enjoying the sight of wild elephants, booking your Hot Air Balloon ride from Habarana is the best option for you. You can start your journey at 4.30 am and your ride will end probably at 6.00 am. You will be picked up by the tour organizers from your hotel. Ride from Habarana is best suited for you if you want to witness the herds of wild elephants coming out from forests in search of water during the mornings. This marvellous sight together will lush green wilderness is a sight worth seeing. The surrounding terrain homes the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya and the cave temples of Dambulla. Your ride accompanied by experienced pilots will be filled with awe and marvel.

What to wear and bring for your adventure

  • Dress casually and comfortably. The air gets warmer as the sun comes out. 
  • Choose comfortable shoes of your choice. 
  • Bringing A hat, cap or a Scaff is recommended. 
  • You are expected to allocate at least three and a half hours for your entire journey. 
  • Please note that if you are pregnant or if you have children under 7 years of age, the ride isn’t ideal for you. 
  • If the flight is cancelled due to bad weather or any other unavoidable circumstance, your payment will be refunded in full. 
  • You can throw candy at local village children if you wish to. So bring some candy if you are interested in doing so. Local children love this. 
  • Your pickup time will depend on the location you are staying. The time will be between 4.45 am to 5.30 am.  
  • You can propose to your loved one, or celebrate any other special occasion on a hot air balloon. Make sure that you make the necessary arrangements and inform your tour company about this. 

The historical twist for a wonderful Sri Lanka Vacation

The island of Sri Lanka is full of ruins and remnants of its prestigious history. Discover the story that the Kings left behind during your Sri Lanka vacations. Let me guide you through the beauty of history that silently rests in a promised land.

The story of the Kingdom of Anuradhapura

A Sri Lanka vacation without a visit to Anuradhapura means you are missing out a lot! Did you know that Anuradhapura was the first kingdom of Sri Lanka? And believe me, the ruins are still ready to be explored. In your Sri Lanka vacation tours pay a visit to Anuradhapura to sightsee some of Sri Lanka’s first stupas and statues.

The religious significance of Mihintale mountain peak 

Buddhists believe that it was on this rock, that Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka. King Asoka, emperor of India sent his ordained son, Mahinda Thera to Sri Lanka to spread the peaceful Buddhist doctrine. King Dutugemunu who was a friend of King Asoka encountered Mahinda Thero on this rock, embraced Buddhism, and established this new doctrine as the national religion in Sri Lanka.The cave on the mountain peak is said to have been the residence of Arahant Mahinda and his missionary troop that was sent from India. On your Sri Lanka Vacations , visit this sacred rocky mountain surrounded by a dense forest.

Ruins of Mihintale

At the bottom of Mihintale rock is the remnants of a hospital. Between the steps leading to the peak of the rock and the hospital, you will encounter the famous Kantaka Chetiya. This circular stupa has some fascinating frontispieces called vaahalkada which you must witness in your Sri Lanka vacation tour. 

Along with these monuments, there is a refectory, slab inscriptions, a Dagoba, a giant statue of the Buddha, and ponds named Kaludiya Pokuna (Black pond) and Naga Pokuna (Serpent pond) which makes Mihintale a historical destination that you are ought to explore in your Sri Lanka vacation tour.

  • Ritigala forest monastery
  • Sandakadapahana – One of the finest and well-preserved moonstones in Sri Lanka
  • Lovamahapaya brazen palace
  • Isurumuniya temple
  • Ranmasu Garden

Walk into the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa

If you thought that Sigiriya is the only World Heritage that you would witness during your Sri Lanka vacation, you are wrong. The ancient city of Polonnaruwa is another UNESCO World Heritage in Sri Lanka which is absolutely worthy of your Sri Lanka Vacation Tours

Being the second Kingdom of this island, it is also one of the untouched ancient cities where urbanization is given a separate part of the Polonnaruwa district. On your next Sri Lanka vacation, get ready to time travel back to the era of brick and stone!

Vatadage (Stupa house)

Although there are many stupa houses around the world, the Polonnaruwa Vatadage is known as the best to date for many reasons: the stupa in the middle, one of the famous moonstones and the two damsels carved on the guard stones at the entrance, the state-of-the-art carvings on the moonstones and guard stones, 4 Buddha statues and the alluring pillars around the stupa to protect it.

In your Sri Lanka vacations, wandering around places like these in Polonnaruwa will be like entering into a different dimension of paradise Sri Lanka.

The royal palace of King Parakramabahu

Another interesting site for your Sri Lanka vacation is the royal palace. Believed to have had 7 stories and around 1000 chambers, this palace is an indication of how grand the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa must have been. 

Although destroyed by Cholas during their invasions, the ruins of this glorious palace reveal the true craftsmanship of the artists of Sri Lanka.

As the entrance pillars on the ground level are still visible, through this Sri Lanka vacation tour you will be astonished to explore the essence of the monumental art, culture, and engineering of ancient Sri Lanka.

Other top attractions of Polonnaruwa 

  • The kings’ audience hall
  • The king’s swimming pool
  • Gal Vihara (Rock temple)
  • Thivanka image house
  • Shiva Devale
  • Buddha statue at Lankathilaka

Sigiriya; the must-visit for your Sri Lanka vacation tours

The well-known UNESCO World Heritage situated near the city of Dambulla is a must-visit for your Sri Lanka vacations. It’s a shame for locals to admit it if they have never visited this masterpiece.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

The city of Sigiriya cries out a conspicuous history dating back to the 5th century. This rock fortress is going to be one of the sensational historical sites you will visit in your Sri Lanka Vacation Tours

Sigiriya (The lion’s paw) is a humungous rock in the middle of a dense forest in the center of Sri Lanka. King Kasyapa built a fortress in this high rock to prevent invasions from his step-brother Prince Moggallana, who was resentful towards him for stealing his rightful thrown.

The journey of exploring Sigiriya in your Sri Lanka vacations begins from a stroll through the city that King Kasyapa constructed. You will walk through the King’s pleasure gardens until you meet the famous giant paws carved in stone which is the entrance to the fortress. The rest of the stone lion was destroyed by the invasion of Prince Moggallana and what remains is the lion’s paws.

In this Sri Lanka vacation tour, the sight of the beautiful Sri Lankan damsels painted on the walls, the mirror wall, and the breathtaking views when you climb to the top of the rock would hang your jaw open. This would be an unforgettable part of your Sri Lanka Vacations as you wander through a land full of history!

Other top attractions near Sigiriya

  • Dambulla cave temple complex – The largest and the best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage.
  • Pidurangala rock
  • Pethikada ancient art gallery
  • Ibbankatuwa megalithic tombs
  • Dambulla Buddhist museum

This amazing journey of your Sri Lanka vacations will feel like walking in and out through the doors of history. Whether you are visiting with your family and friends or even alone, reserve a Sri Lanka itinerary of 2 weeks and spend an incredible few days exploring the mysteries left behind these prestigious ruins of a rich culture. Make your Sri Lanka Vacations histobulous!

Why you should visit Kitulgala during your Sri Lanka itinerary

Do not ever be fooled by Sri Lanka’s calm and serene natural beauty. And don’t tell me that your Sri Lanka itinerary is filled with opportunities for sightseeing and relaxation only. If you are an adventure-seeker plus a nature-lover like me, read on to find out how to make your Sri Lanka trip an adventurous one. 

A place that you should be included in your Sri Lanka travel itinerary is the infamous Kitulgala town. The distance from Colombo to Kitulgala can be covered by a 2-hour drive. Kitulgala is an adventure destination popular among tourists and locals alike for adrenaline-kicking white-water rafting, rainforest trekking, stream slides, bird watching, and more!

These are the best things to do in Kitulgala on your Sri Lanka trip.

What is cooler than entering Kitulgala, trekking through its rainforest?

The path leading to the Kelani River where you wade into the white water for rafting is surrounded by a luscious rainforest. This rainforest is one of the wettest in the world, and you will thank the lord above and the experts that included Kitulgala in your Sri Lanka itinerary.

Mountain biking is also a loved activity in the rainforest. As you trek the wilderness, be on alert for the chirping birds hovering over you or hiding behind leaves. If you are a passionate bird-watcher, you won’t regret this part of your Sri Lanka trip. You will spot endemic birds like Green-billed Coucal, Red-faced Malkoha, Ceylon Grey Hornbill, etc.

In short, if your Sri Lanka itinerary doesn’t include the Sinharaja rainforest which is a UNESCO world heritage site, the Kitulgala Forest Reserve can bring you a similar experience.

You can also join a river expedition in the Mahaweli, Kelani, or Kalu Rivers of Sri Lanka. This activity in your Sri Lanka itinerary would let you sightsee the beauty of what nature in this tropical island holds so dearly. You will paddle through river crossings, elephant corridors, and ancient bridges that bear historical value.

Water abseiling – an adrenaline-pumping sight-seeing experience

How about gripping onto a rope against a waterfall and getting a birds-eye view of the emerald mountains and the jungle around you? Water abseiling is a daring, yet rewarding activity that not only gives you a high dose of adrenaline but also lets you enjoy the beauty of nature. This is an adventure that travelers love in their Sri Lanka itinerary when they are on a Sri Lanka trip.

Water abseiling is conducted under the careful supervision of the experts who will guide you to have a thrilling experience in the middle of the Kitulgala jungle. Test your courage with your family and friends after watching a demonstration by experienced instructors. 

If you include water abseiling to your Sri Lanka itinerary, you are in for a treat!

The bumpy ride that is white water rafting in Kitulgala

At the heart of the rainforest, you will reach the Kelani River with white water daring you to raft! If you are adventurous and are a superhero like me, it’s best to visit Kitulgala during the months between May to December when the water is more volatile than during the dry season.

Now don’t get all excited thinking that it’s the perfect opportunity to spice up your Sri Lanka itinerary– you.could.die during the rainy reason. I mean it. Therefore, the instructors decide whether rafting is safe or not.

That being said, only those 13 years and above are allowed to engage in this extreme sport of white water rafting at Kitulgala. Be prepared to get a killer experience of a lifetime while seeing flashes of natural beauty passing by as you battle in the stubborn waters. What other way to challenge yourself on your Sri Lanka trip?

Heal your soul in a natural pool 

After a daring day full of fun and challenging activities, slide through natural streams and jump into a natural pool in the jungle. If you visit Kitulgala, you don’t want to miss these natural pools surrounded by nothing but the luscious greenery, teasing you with a cold and calming breeze. 

A Kitulgala adventure is both the storm and the calm that makes a Sri Lanka trip awesome – don’t you agree?

Camping too? 

You are wrong if you thought that the Kitulgala adventure of your Sri Lanka itinerary is over after that daring water rafting experience. How does camping in the middle of the jungle sound? I hope you feel me on this because I absolutely loved it!

A Sri Lanka itinerary would disappoint me if camping was not included. Sitting around the campfire under the starry night with loved ones while drinking a cold can of Sri Lankan Lion beer makes for a night to remember. The smell of the BBQ, the scent of the forest, the soothing breeze, and the songs we would sing throughout the night is not only Sri Lankan, it’s universal!

Things to carry with you

  • An extra pair of clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimwear
  • A towel
  • Shoes that won’t slip off
  • A pack of toiletries (if you are camping)

The best things to do in Kitulgala in a nutshell

  • White water rafting
  • Rainforest trekking
  • Mountain biking
  • Bird watching
  • Stream sliding
  • River expeditions
  • Waterfall abseiling
  • Relaxing in natural pools
  • Camping
Low section shot of man and woman crossing the stream barefooted. Couple walking by the creek in forest with their shoes in hand. Hikers hiking in forest.

Things you should know before your Kitulgala adventure begins

  • Children of age 0-17 should be accompanied by a guardian or parent to be allowed for water rafting.
  • Littering in the rainforest or the Kitulgala premises is prohibited. Let’s make this Sri Lanka trip wholesome and eco-friendly.
  • Travelers are advised to wear masks and adhere to covid-19 guidelines.

My last thoughts for you

Spending a day or two in Kitulgala would be one of the best choices you would make for your Sri Lanka itinerary. You could be an adventure seeker or a nature lover, either way, the experience would be one to cherish. If you feel me, plan your Sri Lanka trip with local experts who know the wonders of Sri Lanka!

Discover The Various Handy Crafts Unique To Sri Lanka.

Arts and crafts are an inherent part of Sri Lanka’s rich cultural and historic heritage. Popular handicrafts include gem works, mask making, pottery, sculpting, intricate lace crafting, lacquer work, and batik. These handiworks are also ideal souvenirs to take home as mementos and to share as gifts with friends and family. 

A wide range of handicrafts are available in the shops and stores in and around Colombo, but no vacation in Sri Lanka is complete without seeing the hard work that goes into creating these iconic masterpieces, first-hand. Include an Arts & Crafts tour to your Sri Lanka itinerary for a comprehensive Sri Lankan experience. 

Sri Lankan Masks

Sri Lankan devil masks are deeply connected to Sri Lankan folklore, and take on a functional role when they are used in rituals and ceremonies. The popular devil dances, which are dance-drama performances that convey elaborate stories, are enacted by experienced dancers and holy men while wearing these masks. The prominent categories of masks are the Raksha Masks used to perform Raksha dances, the Sanni masks used in healing rituals, and the Kolam masks which are used mainly in dramas.

Today, they are more of a symbol of Sri Lankan culture and adorn the walls of local houses. These masks with their colourful facades, odd shapes, and intriguing histories are ideal souvenirs loved by tourists.

Ambalangoda is the heart of the mask industry in Sri Lanka. The coastal town features mask shops by the side of the road. Pop into one of these stores to get a glimpse of how these masks are carved and painted with brilliant colours.

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Sri Lankan Laksha (Lacquer work)

Lacquer work in Sri Lanka is a well-known, intricate craft that has been in practice for centuries. These handicrafts reflect the country’s rich tradition and are a must-see for all travellers and tourists longing for a collection of Sri Lankan souvenirs. Lacquer production originated in central Sri Lanka and has since expanded throughout the island. Reflecting local culture, the Laksha design is carried out in two splendid techniques which are nail work and lathe work. 

Laksha is a wax derived from the larvae of an insect species and is manufactured with much hard effort by local craftsmen. While some choose to employ age-old processes, others prefer to use new tools and procedures created over time in the crafting of these exquisite patterns.

Colourful and vibrant walking sticks, flag and hand-fan handles, bowls, vases, containers, and ornamental objects crafted with lacquer work can be found all around the island.

Sri Lankan Drums

Music is at the very heart of the Sri Lankan culture; the famous local drums offer a glance into the country’s vibrant traditions when it comes to rhythm and dance. Traditional drums or ‘Bera’ play a distinct role in Sri Lankan history and culture, and can be heard at any occasion or event throughout the nation. Only a few villages in Kurunegala, Hodiyadeniya in the Kandy district, and Hikkaduwa have artisans with the specific ability and craftsmanship necessary to make these drums.

The drum’s body is generally constructed of Jack tree while the skin is made of animal hide. The attentive and detail-oriented drum builders provide attractively constructed drums with the right sound after many hours of arduous effort.

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Batik is yet another exquisite tradition in Sri Lanka that brings to life the diverse arts of the island. The creation of Batik has become firmly established in Sri Lankan handicrafts since its inception many years ago. Batik workers incorporate many intriguing motifs and combinations of hues, some traditional, others contemporary and distinct.  The designs offer a glance into the picturesque landscapes, flora, and Kandyan era designs from which most batiks are inspired.

Each stage of the production process of the Sri Lankan Batik is done by hand and is crafted entirely on pure cotton or silk fabric. The material made by batik makers is used to produce chic dresses, shirts, sarongs, and beachwear that are sure to turn heads. 

batik industry in sri lanka

Stone and wood carving/statues

The traditional craft of stone and wood carving has been around in Sri Lanka for centuries and is impossible not to notice when traveling across the island. The exquisite and intricate designs produced by expert craftsmen convey the passion and dedication to the Sri Lankan heritage.

The extensive array of stone and wood carved products sold in Sri Lanka include ornaments and jewellery, figurines, sculptures, statues, lacquer products, vases, boxes, and toys. Carved furniture, household items and ornaments are also popular among locals and foreigners alike. 

sri lanka wood carvings exploring sri lanka tour itinerary


In ancient times, handloom was reserved exclusively for royalty and gentry of higher castes and special villages were designated to practice the craft. However, now handloom fashion can be found anywhere in Sri Lanka with the skill being passed down from generation to generation – conserving and practicing this art form.

Hand-woven fabrics, with their vibrant colours have become a favourite among shoppers. From curtains, cushion covers, and other household decorative items, to saris and garments as well as everyday items such as books and bags can be found among a wide array of other handlooms products in Sri Lanka.

handloom industry in SriLanka


The production of coir rope and related merchandise has been practiced for countless years in Sri Lanka. Traditionally, coir rope is spun entirely by hand before it is woven into intricate designs to make products. This process is 100% natural and biodegradable.

Popular coir products include carpets, mats, brooms, and brushes.

Beeralu Lace 

Beeralu lace making can be considered one of the important aspects of Sri Lankan  heritage. The use of bobbins is what gives it its name. The lace has a charm of its own with its intricate detailing and is a highly coveted material, as it is purely handmade. This process involves a traditional method of weaving.

Lace making is popular in the southern region of the country and is quite fascinating to see how hands dexterously handle the tools to create eye-catching patterns. Stop by lace weavers when travelling down south and perhaps, have a go at it if permitted. 

Clay pottery

One of the oldest lines of craftwork in Sri Lanka, pottery is still popular in this modern day of steel and plastic. Clay lamps can be found at almost all religious shrines in Sri Lanka. Clay pots are popular utensils to cook food. Their rustic look, solid texture, and ability to enhance flavour add to the charm. In addition to pots, terracotta figures, vases, and other utensils are made from clay as well. 

One of the most famous areas for clay pottery is Molagoda. Be spoilt for choice when you shop for pottery or even create your own masterpiece in a traditional clay workshop.

Sri lanka clay pottery in sri lanaka itinerary by olanka travels

Jewellery making

The gem industry in Sri Lanka has been in existence for over 2500 years, and is world-renowned for excavating some of the most magnificent gems in the world. Jewellery has always been a part of the culture and heritage of Sri Lanka. In ancient times, they were considered a mark of royalty and privilege, whereas today, it is available for purchase for any who fancy a piece of perfectly crafted jewellery. 

You can go directly to the source in Rathnapura and around Sigiriya and experience gem mining in its rawest form and purchase some gorgeous pieces of art for yourself. At present, jewellery made in Sri Lanka; either traditional in design or modern, is up to international standards, and is very well reputed and highly coveted worldwide. 

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Updated guide on Sri Lanka latest travel restrictions

Welcome back to the tropical island that is basking under the sun as beautiful as ever! If you, our adventure-seekers are yearning to know about the latest Sri Lanka travel restrictions, worry not; as we are going to guide slowly you through all the hassle. By the end of this informative article, you will understand the latest updates about Sri Lanka travel restrictions like who can and cannot visit Sri Lanka, and requirements related to pre-boarding and upon arrival to Sri Lanka so that even amidst Sri Lana travel restrictions, you can spend your holiday with a peace of mind.

Who can visit Sri Lanka?

As per reports of Sri Lanka travel restrictions, your Sri Lanka holiday is still at your fingertips if you are not a traveler from Sri Lanka travel ban countries namely Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and all South American countries. 

That being said, we at Olanka Travels are happy to have claimed the Safe Travels Stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). We believe that the ideal Sri Lanka tour even with Sri Lanka travel restrictions is safe but never fails to offer an unparalleled experience! 

All that you are required to do before boarding

Visa process

Our adventurers must apply for a visa online through Although there are certain Sri Lanka travel restrictions, if you are fully vaccinated, there will be less hassle. However, if you are not fully vaccinated, you still get to enjoy your holiday though mingled with Sri Lanka travel restrictions.

From 2022.01.01 onwards, all our travelers are required to individually fill the Online Health Declaration Form and upload all the relevant documents before boarding.

According to reports regarding Sri Lanka travel restrictions, all travelers except the fully vaccinated travelers should pay a mandatory local COVID-19 insurance of 12USD with one month cover of 50,000USD and pre-pay the mandatory PCR test (40USD per PCR test) either through or SLTD. You will then receive a ‘Tourism Reference Number’ which you will include when applying for the visa. 

Now if you are fully vaccinated, as per Sri Lanka travel restrictions and regulations, you do not require to have local COVID-19 insurance or a PCR test. However, you are expected to ensure travel insurance that covers health and all other expenses related to COVID-19. If you are traveling with non-vaccinated children/ not-fully vaccinated children, you should make certain that the comprehensive travel insurance is sufficiently extended for them. 

Procedure for vaccinated and non-vaccinated travelers 

With quite a bit of Sri Lanka travel restrictions, you might wonder who is considered a fully vaccinated traveler. Well, travelers above 18 years of age who are vaccinated with the recommended doses of COVID-19 and have completed 14 days with a negative COVID-19 PCR report received within 72 hours of embarkation are considered fully vaccinated travelers. Sri Lanka travel restriction reports further declare children of 12 to 18 years will be considered fully vaccinated if they have at least a single dose of a vaccine approved from their country of origin within two weeks of departure.

Travel restrictions in Sri Lanka also include that travelers of 12 years and above should carry a negative COVID-19 test report (English) issued within 72 hours of embarkation. If during the last three months from departure, travelers were infected by COVID-19, they should provide a negative COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test report done within 48 hours prior to embarkation. 

Documents you should have at the airport

According to Sri Lanka travel restrictions and regulations, all travelers are expected to have their negative COVID-19 PCR report in English language, taken within 72 hours before embarkation. 

You should produce an original vaccination certificate. (If your original vaccinated certificate is not in English, make sure to produce a certified copy of the English translation.) 

Sri Lanka travel restrictions and regulations also declare that you should produce your completed health declaration form. (Applicable to all travelers including children.) 

Procedure upon arrival to Sri Lanka 

Vaccinated or not, there is no minimum number of days required to stay in Sri Lanka. Believe us, even with the circulating Sri Lanka travel restrictions, you would wish otherwise upon your arrival!

PCR process

According to the Sri Lanka travel restrictions and regulations, if you are fully vaccinated and excited to spend your Sri Lanka holiday immediately, worry not, because, you will not need to undergo PCR testing on arrival. 

If you are fully vaccinated but departed from abroad before completing 14 days after vaccination, you should undergo an on-arrival PCR test and quarantine at a Safe & Secure certified Level 1 hotel until the 14 days of the post-vaccination period is completed – typical Sri Lanka travel restrictions. But worry no more, quarantined or not, remember that you are in a tropical paradise. All vaccinated travelers can enjoy their Sri Lanka holiday to their heart’s content with a promising travel package even amidst Sri Lanka travel restrictions!

As on the reports of Sri Lanka travel restrictions, non-vaccinated children below 12 years of age are not required to face a PCR test upon arrival. However, non-vaccinated children from 12 to 18 years should undergo on-arrival PCR testing. 

Non-vaccinated travelers should undergo a PCR test on the first day of arrival to Sri Lanka and you should stay in a ‘Safe & Secure’ hotel for 14 days if you plan to stay in this beautiful island that long. Though you are subjected to a certain amount of Sri Lanka travel restrictions, if you get assistance from a certified travel agency to plan your stay, we are certain that you will have a wonderful vacation in this paradise island! 

Even with the Sri Lanka travel restrictions imposed, non-vaccinated travelers will have an authentic Sri Lankan holiday experience. We in Sri Lanka believe that being safe doesn’t have to be boring. You can enjoy your stay at as many Safe & Secure Level 1 hotels as you wish, and visit as many approved tourist sites within a bio bubble! Isn’t that an absolute treat? In Sri Lanka, it doesn’t matter whether there are Sri Lanka travel restrictions or not because we are known over the world for our unparalleled hospitality and wonderful travel destinations. Visit us; and as gratitude, we will take care of you while you fall in love with our little island. And at Olanka Travels, we can assure you one thing; your tropical travel dream can never be limited with Sri Lanka travel restrictions!

Sri Lanka updated travel restrictions in December 2021

Sri Lanka travel restriction is a must known topic for all the travellers out there who are planning to visit Sri Lanka. The beautiful island is open to the world again with strict covid-19 travel protocols to ensure the safety of the country and of the travellers. 

The country does not demand a minimum length of stay, so you are free to fit Sri Lanka into your travel plans easily. Sri Lanka has been able to acquire the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travels Stamp, which is given for countries with good Covid-19 safety protocols in place across the country, which gives travellers confidence to travel Sri Lanka without any hesitation.  

If you, too, have long waiting plans to visit Sri Lanka, here’s what you need to know and follow when travelling to Sri Lanka.

Who is a fully vaccinated traveller?

Before we dive into all the information on travel restrictions and covid-19 travel protocols in Sri Lanka, it’s important to clarify who is a fully vaccinated traveller to understand Sri Lanka covid-19 travel protocols that are applied to your category. 

Anyone who has received all the vaccine doses 14 days before the departure to Sri Lanka is considered a fully vaccinated traveller. However, for children between the age of 12-18, receiving one dose of the Pfizer vaccine 14 days prior to departure is enough to fall under the category of fully vaccinated. 

Updated travel restrictions in Sri Lanka.

Following are the updated Sri Lanka travel restrictions for travellers as of 26th November 2021.

The approval process to enter Sri Lanka.

Prior to boarding the flight, visa applications must be submitted online with the online health declaration form, which you can find here. The on-arrival visa is no longer available. Here, you will have to provide the following documents as well.

  • Vaccination record,
  • pre-departure covid-19 negative test report 
  • Data page of the passport etc.

During the visa application procedure, you will be required to pay for necessary PCR tests (40 USD for each PCR test) and insurance (12 USD) with a one-month cover of 50,000 USD. If you are not fully vaccinated, you must pre-book a Level 1 ‘Safe & Secure’ hotel for the first 14 days of your stay for quarantine purposes.

Documentation requirements: Vaccinated travellers.

You need to provide the original certification of vaccination as proof. If the document is not in English, a certified translated copy of the original document of the information that is not in English in the original document is needed. It should clearly mention the name of the vaccine and the date of vaccination. Electronic vaccination certificates can also be provided as verifiable evidence of vaccination.  

Pre-departure requirements

All travellers 2 years old and above should take a PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure as proof that you are covid-19 negative. The original report or certified translation of the document/test report (if the document is not in English) is required.

Any traveller with a history of Covid-19 infection within the past 3 months must submit a negative Covid 19 Rapid Antigen test report in English done within 48 hours before their departure.

Process upon arrival

Upon arrival, you will be required to complete a health declaration form which you can find on check-in counters and when onboarding the flight and hand it over to the health officer at the airport. A separate form must be filled for each adult and each child. Along with the form, proof of vaccination, a negative PCR test report done within 72 hours prior to departure (for fully vaccinated travellers) or a negative Rapid Antigen test report done within 48 hours (for non-vaccinated travellers) before the departure must be provided.

During your stay

Non-vaccinated travellers have to spend a 14 day quarantine period in a Level 1 ‘Safe & Secure’ hotel and obtain a “Discharge Document” prior to leaving quarantine before continuing with their travels. Others can stay in any hotel. Such hotels facilitate biosecure travel bubbles for travellers to ensure a secure stay with access to all the facilities. You can freely travel in Sri Lanka and visit approved cultural and heritage sites

  • Sinharaja Forest Reserve
  • Yala National Park
  • Udawalawe National Park Safari
  • Eth Athurusevana
  • Kaudulla national park
  • Wilpaththu national park
  • Mirissa whale watching
  • Pinnawala Open zoo
  • Pinnawala Elephant orphanage
  • Ridigama safari park
  • Sigiriya lion rock fortress
  • Anuradhapura
  • Polonnaruwa
  • Royal botanical garden in Peradeniya
  • Laksala- Kandy
  • Laksala Pinnawala
  • Temple of the Tooth in Kandy

Travel restricted / high-risk countries

Almost everyone is welcomed in Sri Lanka, regardless of which part of the world you are from. However, travellers from the following countries and travellers with a travel history to those countries are not eligible to enter Sri Lanka until further notice.

  • South Africa
  • Botswana
  • Lesotho
  • Namibia
  • Eswatini (Swaziland)
  • Zimbabwe

Exit requirements

To board your flight out of Sri Lanka, you must provide documentation of a negative PCR test completed no more than 96 hours before the flight’s departure time.

Sri Lanka Country specific information  

Sri Lanka has 580k confirmed cases of Covid -19 (December 2021), including the B.1.1.7 variant. However, the authorities have been managing the situation very well, imposing necessary safety protocols and procedures for the locals and for foreigners entering the countries. This has enabled the country to release covid restrictions within the country, such as quarantine curfews and travel restrictions within the country, enabling locals to go back to their normal way of life. The country has been open for tourists since …

  • Covid-19 testing

PRC and Rapid antigen tests are available in Sri Lanka, which you can obtain from any private hospital. Results will be provided within 24 hours.

  • Covid-19 vaccination information.

63% of the country has been vaccinated with Oxford Astra-Zeneca, Covishied (Serum Institute of India), Sinopharm, Gamaleya (Sputnik V) or Pfizer. 

Sri Lanka is now safe to travel to. So why wait? Plan your Sri Lanka tour with Olanka travels and explore Sri Lanka safely.

8 Must-visit tourist attractions in Sri Lanka

Searching for insight on the best tourist attractions in Sri Lanka? It can be overwhelming to find the best travel destinations, although Sri Lanka is a small island.

Maybe you are looking for Sri Lankan attractions that appeal to your interests or are on the lookout for a comprehensive tour that encompasses the top tourist spots in the country. Either way, here are eight Tourist attractions in Sri Lanka that you need to know about before your next trip to Sri Lanka.


Popularly known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the Sigiriya rock is one of the major tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. The rock plateau stands at an elevation of 349m above sea level and dates back to the fifth century when it was used as a fortress by King Kashyapa I of Anuradhapura. Back then, it was a strategically located, unbreachable fortress. The King’s palace was situated at the top of the rock, whose ruins and frescoes remain up to date. Today, this tourist attraction in Sri Lanka is well known for its scintillating 360° views of the forests, natural pools, and gardens that surround it. Other scenic hiking destinations surrounding the Lion Rock include the Pidurangala Rock.

Kandy Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

The revered Buddhist relic – The sacred tooth of the Lord Buddha is stored securely under the golden roof of the iconic Kandy Temple, also known as the Sri Dalada Maligawa. Built in the 17th century by the Kandyan Kings, the royal palace is located at the heart of the Kandy town and is surrounded by the Kandy Lake. It is a must-visit tourist attraction in Sri Lanka that has captivated thousands of Buddhist pilgrims and cultural enthusiasts worldwide. Stop by Kandy for historic, religious, and tranquil getaways.

Galle Fort

The Galle Fort still exudes colonial vibes. The infrastructure of the Fort, surrounding hotels, boutiques, and restaurants resonate with the history of this port city. The Fort stands tall in the southwest bay of Galle, well-preserved, surviving the test of time and the disastrous Boxing Day Tsunami. Owing to its Portuguese, Dutch, and British colonial architecture, it was declared a cultural heritage site by UNESCO. The once superior port of Sri Lanka is a mark of historic value and still attracts tourists with its old-world charm and romantic vibes.

Yala National Park 

Thanks to the numerous deer, buffaloes, elephants, wild pigs, and crocodiles roaming about, a safari in the Yala National Park comes close to a safari in Africa. This tourist attraction and wildlife conservation park is also home to the elusive Sri Lankan leopard. With over 215 species of birds that can be spotted within this precinct, it is an ideal location for birdwatching too. The dusty and bumpy roads snaking through the park lead to a deserted beach that is a sight to behold. ‘Leopard Nest,’ a luxury lodging company also offers luxury treehouse cabins, a one-of-a-kind glamping experience, and BBQ experiences in Yala.

The ancient city of Anuradhapura

Explore the ancient city in style with a cycling tour, on a helicopter or hot air balloon that sail from various urban cities of the island. The first capital of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura consists of numerous historic Buddhist places of worship including forest monasteries, stupas, dagabos, astounding statues, and temples. The Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi tree is one of the oldest trees in the world that you can witness during your visit to Anuradhapura, along with other well-preserved historical monuments. Ruwanwelisaya, Jethawanaramaya, and Abhayagiriya are some of the spectacular stupas that can enrich your cultural experience during your Sri Lanka Holiday. This historic city is also home to the largest native wildlife conservation park (Wilpaththu), world-renowned for its wildlife population.


How about some tea plantation trekking and unlimited tea tasting, fresh from the source? If so, the tea estates of Nuwara-Eliya must make it to your Sri Lanka Trips . The year-round cold climate makes the town ideal for cozy, laidback holidays. The area is abundant in beautiful waterfalls, which include the Lovers Leap, Glenn Falls, Ramboda falls, and Bomburuella. Another breathtaking site to visit in Nuwara-Eliya is the Horton Plains which is known for its ‘Great Worlds End Drop.’ Sri Lanka’s ‘Little England’ has much more in store for you, including suburban and charming bungalows, luscious botanical gardens, horse rides in the city, and tranquil lakes.

Unawatuna Beach

The aesthetically pleasing beach of Unawatuna is one that should not be missed on your trip to Sri Lanka. Although the beach can get crowded as it is one of the most popular local and tourist attractions in Sri Lanka, the cerulean waters, beautiful hotels, and beachside cafes will make it worth your while. Other popular beach destinations include the Nilaweli and Marble Beach of Trincomalee. Whichever coastal destination you choose, luxury resorts and budget-friendly villas ideal for relaxation, await to welcome you. Snorkel in clear waters to glimpse mystical coral gardens and sea creatures. Enjoy mouth-watering seafood dishes from the local restaurants that border the beaches.

Bentota Beach

Resorts and hotels in Bentota facilitate recreational and adventure-packed activities in addition to laid-back stays, making the town yet another popular tourist attraction in Sri Lanka. Surf or dive by the Cinnamon Islands or go on a boat safari down the Bentota River (Madu Ganga). Those of you who want command of your own sail can rent a kayak and explore the waters independently! When you’ve had your fill of watersports, settle for a fine dining experience in a star-class restaurant.

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The 8 Must -Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is home to a collection of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

This list includes:

  • Sacred City of Anuradhapura
  • Ancient City of Polonnaruwa
  • Ancient City of Sigiriya
  • Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Ancient City of Sigiriya
  • Galle and its fortifications
  • Central Highlands of Sri Lanka
  • Sinharaja Forest Reserve

Here’s all you need to know about the eight UNESCO World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka before your next Sri Lanka trips.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka (Cultural) 

Sacred City of Anuradhapura

The north-central district was initially established around 300 B.C. The capital city of the time was home to numerous Buddhist kingdoms whose remains have been preserved to date. Among the ruins lie Buddhist shrines, palaces, monasteries, dagobas, and historic water tanks. This is why the city is known as one of the most sacred places in the nation. The site also includes sacred a Bo Tree which is over 2000 years old. To Sri Lankan Buddhists, the Sacred City of Anuradhapura is a site of cultural appreciation and religious exploration. For tourists, it’s an attraction to uncover the history of Sri Lanka.

Ancient City of Polonnaruwa

Around the 11th century A.D., the next popular ancient capital that came to be was the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Its legacy as a capital city commenced following the leadership of King Vijayabahu I. Nearly a millennium later, the ruins of the city lie unharmed. The astonishing marvels that stand to date include the Royal Palace, temples, monasteries, dagobas, enormous Buddhist statues, water fountains, and mysterious caves. This is yet another city that serves as a must-visit site on your next Sri Lanka trip for all cultural enthusiasts that enjoy historic background.

Ancient City of Sigiriya

The icon of the ancient city of Sigiriya is the Rock Fortress. It is also referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by UNESCO. During the latter few decades of the 5th century A.D., King Kashyapa built his palace on the flat peak of the Sigiriya rock, which stands at an astonishing height of 660 ft. Other sites of historical and cultural value within the fortress’s bounds include the Lion Gate, Royal gardens, ancient pools, the Sigiriya frescoes, and Sigiriya Museum. If you’re on a Sri Lanka tour seeking an adventurous hike that yields scintillating views, then the Lion Rock is one site to set foot on.

Sacred City of Kandy

The unique icon of this UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka is the Temple of the Golden Tooth Relic. Home to the sacred tooth of the Lord Buddha, the temple is the #1 attraction for vast numbers of Buddhist pilgrims across the globe. The temple is situated within a palace complex close to the Kandy Lake. The cool, laid-back atmosphere of the city is great for exploring its other icons – ones that range from historical museums to colonial architecture and modern facilities and gardens. Kandy is a wonderful place for travellers looking for a relaxing and historical experience.

Golden Temple of Dambulla

The next UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka is the Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temple. The site in Dambulla includes five cave temples, each decorated with a vast array of Buddhist artefacts, paintings and is densely populated with statues of the Lord Buddha. While they elaborate on his teachings, a few other artefacts and statues are dedicated to ancient rulers of the Buddhist kingdoms. Despite them being centuries old, they still manage to glisten golden inside the caves that otherwise would be dark and murky.

Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications

The first location that comes to mind when thinking of a southwestern Sri Lanka tour is Galle. Centuries ago, this city was once a buzzing port during foreign rule. The Portuguese initiated the development of the city of Galle in the early 16th century. The city was later ruled by the Dutch and ultimately by the British, and this mix of colonial cultures resonates throughout the architecture of the city. Its main attraction is the breezy Galle Fort. This UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka is one with immense minimalistic vibes and is great for a relaxing getaway beside the windy oceans and deep blue seas.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka (Natural)

Central Highlands of Sri Lanka

The first natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka covers three key areas in the Central Province of the island. They include the Peak Wilderness, Horton Plains, and the Knuckles Conservation Forest. The hill-country is home to the island’s densest tea plantations, scenic waterfalls, misty mountain tops, and dense forest cover. This one is for an adventurous Sri Lanka trip packed with many hiking trails, mystical views, and tranquil moments in nature.

Sinharaja Forest Reserve

Located in southern Sri Lanka is the low-lying Sinharaja rainforest, home to many exotic species of flora and fauna. The well-preserved biosphere which is the latest UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka has exciting trails running through the forest, overlooking beautiful waterfalls amidst enriched biodiversity. Here’s to the nature lovers and adventure seekers who dream of a Sri Lanka trip through its most famous forest reserve.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites are sites of significant cultural or natural value in a global context. There should then be no doubt that you must visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka, not just to add value to your Sri Lanka trips but also to appreciate the beauty of these sites from a global perspective.

Eager to check out some Sri Lanka tour packages? To visit these sites and many more on your next tour of Sri Lanka – plan your Sri Lanka trips with us today!

10 Must – Know tips to make your trip to Sri Lanka a special one

Whether you’re looking for a beach getaway, a hike in the hill country, a cultural pilgrimage, or just a luxurious vacation – a Sri Lanka trip would cater to your preferences. Here’s a list of things that you must know before your next trip to Sri Lanka to make it that much more of a unique experience.

Safety First

Sri Lankan borders have been re-opened to most travelers across the globe. Travelers do, however, require a Visa to travel into the country. Currently, there are a few COVID-19 related restrictions in the country, implemented to promote safety and well-being of all. Sri Lanka does not require vaccinated tourists to quarantine upon arrival, nor does it enforce a minimal number of days for their stay. To view a comprehensive list of our COVID-19 travels protocols, click here.

Know the Best Times

Despite being a small island, the weather and climate vary by a considerable margin. The decisive factor would be the monsoon seasons. Travelers visiting the cultural triangle, the southern or western coast would experience the best season from December through April. To those venturing towards the eastern coast, the best time to travel would be between the months of May and October. 

Plan the Tour Upfront

This could be the biggest and most decisive task of your journey, especially if it’s your first Sri Lanka trip. However, this can be a hassle-free experience if you were to hire a professional tour service. A well-planned tour could be the difference between getting to see the best Sri Lanka has to offer and just barely scratching the surface with a few tourist attractions thrown in. It’s best if you can get the help of an experienced tour service provider like us to cater to your requirements.

Buy a Local Sim

When it comes to having a great journey, minimizing your worries is key. Would you rather subject yourself to expensive phone bills and paid Wi-fi networks, or enjoy the low rates and unlimited packages on your data usage with a local sim? Gone are the days of scavenging for public and unsafe Wi-fi networks. Buy a local sim for cheap to enjoy the amazing perks of telecommunication in Sri Lanka.

Take the Unpopular Route

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations, and you can’t experience something unique if you follow the masses. That’s why you shouldn’t be afraid of going off the beaten path. Professional tour operators like us could help guide you through the lesser-known attractions and local secrets worth your attention! Getting around is quite easy with taxis, tuk-tuks or three-wheelers, and buses. If you’re en-route to Ella on your Sri Lankan trip, then you can’t miss the spectacular train ride!

Dress Conservatively

Tourists are expected to dress conservatively in white and wear less revealing clothing in most cultural sites. Slip-on footwear would be a good option while visiting religious sites as footwear is removed upon entry to the premises. You’ll be fine on your trip to Sri Lanka if you dress for the occasion. You might want to get comfy in cotton clothing and hats, or carry an umbrella, as temperatures usually exceed 25 Celsius, except in the central highlands where you might need a light sweater. Always be prepared for light showers.

Avoid Scams

Sri Lanka is a safe travel destination for tourists; however, situational awareness can’t hurt. There are isolated cases of tuk-tuk scams, unofficial guides, and snatch thefts. The use of a professional tour service provider ensures less interaction with third parties and will keep you away from such scams. However, no matter where you go on your Sri Lanka trip, you’ll be safe if you’re aware and mindful.

Always Carry Cash

Having liquid cash in hand is always a good idea; whether for emergencies or because you want to pick up something from the roadside store. You could exchange your foreign currency once in town in a bank or even right at the airport.

Dollars, Euros, and Sterling are equally accepted, but not everywhere. Carry cards that are internationally accepted (Mastercard or Visa); however, credit card payments cannot be made in foreign currency, and not all goods and service providers accept card payments.

Try Local Food

You can’t have a unique experience on your Sri Lanka trip without tasting the local cuisine! Local food is quite affordable and delicious.

Enjoy a range of dishes and curries that are sweet, sour, or even spicy, and pair it with a plate of rice. In Sri Lanka, there’s a curry for almost everyone. Try out freshly grown local fruits, Faludi, local sweets, and street food for some change and make sure you always carry water for consumption.

Tag Alongside the Locals

Sri Lanka is known for its generous locals. The locals communicate in the Sinhala and Tamil languages, but most of them do speak adequate English. All of them share a common shy smile. Westerners may immediately notice that there’s a lot of head nodding involved in communication. Sri Lankans are also known for their warm hospitality. So don’t hesitate to connect with them to gain insight about life in these parts of the world.

And that’s the list of basics that you must know before your upcoming Sri Lanka Trips.

A Holiday To Sri Lanka is one that anyone would enjoy with just a little preparation. Now that you have all you need to know, why not consider us for planning your next trip to Sri Lanka?