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Top 5 Reasons Why Sri Lanka is a Great Destination for Expats – A Guide to the Cosmopolitan Island

Compared to Sri Lanka ten or even twenty years ago, the country you see now has come through a long growth spurt and below are the reasons why the place is great for expats.



The culture in Sri Lanka is rich and is made up of four main religions. Each of these religions has their own history and story of how they came and settled in Sri Lanka and this makes for an amazing informative guide on understanding the nuances of the country. From the tiny homes in Wattala to a luxury apartment in Colombo, every place here has a story.


Evolving Community

The Civil War in Sri Lanka ended a few years ago, and since then, the country has seen an amazing growth spurt. There are so many more jobs available on this island now and investors from the entire world are looking to settle here and open up businesses. With up and coming establishments like One Galle Face, Sri Lanka is expected to evolve even more in the next ten years or so.



Being the commercial capital of the country, Colombo is a great place to settle when you are an expat. From the amazing food choices to chic shopping destinations, this city will instantly make you feel at home. Whether you want to find a job at a Ngo or work in a tourist-based industry, Colombo has enough jobs to offer both to its natives and the expats who wish to settle here. The people of Colombo are friendly and are easy to make friends with too. Joining a few local groups online or in real life will help you settle in that much sooner. Transport in the city is easier too, with thousands of Tuk Tuks roaming the streets on a daily basis, and now, with apps like PickMe and Uber, hailing a cab or tuk-tuk has never been easier.



Sri Lanka is an island; therefore, every corner of the country ends at a beach, be it rocky shores or golden sands. Whether you settle in Colombo or in a beach town like Galle, rest assured that a beach or sea will just be a few minutes away. If you are planning on settling in the landside of Colombo, it may take you up to an hour, but the water is never too far when in the city.


Weekend Getaways

Wherever you settle in Colombo, getting away on a weekend vacation is no hassle at all. With options like Galle, Negombo, Pasikudah, Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and more, a perfect weekend getaway is just a couple of hours away no matter which part of the country you reside in. After a week of slaving away at one of your much-loved jobs in the city, pack your bags and drive yourself to anyone these places for the weekend. Local buses are a good idea if you don't have your own a vehicle yet, as there are buses to almost every part of Sri Lanka.