Nothing beats the excitement that comes with booking a holiday to a new destination because you always look forward to the great places you will see. However, travelling to a new place can also get confusing and daunting. No matter, if this is your first time visiting Sri Lanka, here is some advice for you. This will help you plan ahead as well as during the visit so you will be able to focus more on the fun part.
The best time to visit Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan tourism and hospitality industry is a thriving one. The island nation is one of the greatest destinations where you will enjoy beautiful and relaxing beaches and you can do this any time of the year. Of course, you must know what side of the island you want to visit. During May to September, visit the north and east coast because the south and west experience rains at that time. It is best to visit the west between November and April whereas December to April is the best months for the south.
Passport, Visa and money
You should apply for a visa beforehand using the ETA, precisely 90 days before departure. It will be valid for 30 days extendable by the Department of Immigration if you wish to stay longer. The Sri Lankan Rupee goes up to a 5000 denomination so try to carry loose change for smaller purchases. It’s easy to exchange money in the hotels but banks are better when it comes to rates. You can use a Visa or MasterCard in hotels, restaurants and larger shops. Ensure your Passport is valid for at least 6 months before you travel.
Accommodation in Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan holidays are some of the most interesting because you will get to interact with the locals. Small-scale accommodations with local characters where you could either spend a night with a local family or in a safari tent are some of the best. A typical hotel tour will give you either of the below options;
In style accommodation-, this could be anything from a British hotel surrounded by tea hills, a cottage surrounded by tropical gardens or an eco-friendly resort surrounded by mangrove forests.
Standard Accommodation- A small scale B&B with local charm and welcome will be nothing short of awesome. You could also stay at a rural hotel with some panoramic views of the enchanting mountain views or find a relaxing retreat at a glorious beach.
Simple accommodation- Sometimes during travels, the comforts matters little compared to the experiences and in this instance, staying at a local family’s home will be an amazing experience. Of course not to say that their homes will be uncomfortable, on the contrary you will feel right at home and get to experience a unique insight into their lives. A lodge would also be nice because you will enjoy the natural peace in the island.