Sri Lanka Travel Tips

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Sri Lanka Travel Tips

If you are Traveling to Sri Lanka you have to take into account, some of the basic tips to make your visit a complete. Best time to visit this glorious country is between the months of December to March.

Once you are in the country to make a visit to an Ayurvedic spa using herbal plants to treat illness. Even if you’re not sick, you can still take pleasure from oil massage or a steam bath at one of the many Ayurvedic centers on the island.
Sri Lanka Travel Tips
When come to purchasing precious stones- reputable gem centers in Colombo are the only trusty shops to value stones. Avoid buying any kind of precious gems (as they say) from the street vendors offering a tempting bargain, mostly they are worthless. Also avoid acquiring goods made of ivory, turtle shell, or reptile skin of any kind, for these are unlawful and such acquisition will be impounded by customs on your return home.

Decency is greatly honored by all segments of society. At beach recourse, beachwear is permissible, but less acceptable outside the beach and absolutely inadmissible at temples, mosques and churches. Nude and topless sunbathing is unlawful in Sri Lanka.

Remove footgear before entering Buddhist or Hindu shrines. Photographing and posing besides these religious sites is strictly prohibited. Also don’t take photos of military installations, bridges, airports or other crucial places. Even some religious edifices have covered gun installing and military bunkers.

It is very essential to get aware of how you are going to use the currency of the country you are visiting. The Sri Lankan rupee is divided into 100 cents. Coins are classified in the category of 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents and 1, 2, 5 and 10 rupees. Notes are labeled in values of 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000. While changing money, tourists are advised to ask for smaller classification notes as hawkers, taxi and auto drivers are generally incapable to give change.

Take medical advice before touring. It is recommended to get immunization against Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid and always better to have a Malaria medication while visiting during the monsoons. Keep proper preventives to mitigate indications of diarrhea, as well as for dehydration. Also, take proper precautions against Sunburn and heat debility. It is advisable to drink plenty of water to decrease dehydration. Does not drink tap water anywhere in Sri Lanka unless you have boiled or sterilized it yourself, otherwise go for mineral water.

Carry an umbrella while you are out on a tour. Sri Lankans always carry along with them, constantly in sunny as well as raining days- the city is always submerged with one or the other. Do watch your step – Sri Lanka leads the world in death by snakebite per capita.

Be careful buying the Sri Lankan fast food, normally sold on the streets during lunchtime – the curried meat, fish or vegetable packets. They may not be hygienic, as they are not cleaned properly. At the same time just go for a cool, refreshing coconut water that can easily be accessible by the side of the road in nominal price. By cutting the top lid of the fruit the vendor gives you a safe and delicious tropical drink.

Don’t expect to have a queue at a bank, post office or any other place. Sri Lankans doesn’t form lines, so don’t be humble about propelling ahead.

Keep in mind the above points and luxuriate in the beautiful island of Sri Lanka.

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Parmeshwar Dass, works with Namaste India Trip. An avid travel enthusiast by nature, he brings his characteristic zeal and sincerity to all projects he involves himself in. His videography and photography reflect his urge to help fellow travelers who embrace the pleasures and perils of journeys just for the sense of adventure and newness they bring to our otherwise monotonous lives.