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5 Travel Tips For First-Time Visitors To Sri Lanka - For a hassle-free vacation

Popular among Asia's top beach vacation destinations, Sri Lanka attracts visitors from around the world to its sandy shores. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when holidaying on this island for the first time.

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1. When to travel

While Sri Lanka is a great holiday destination for the vast majority of the year because of its tropical climate conditions, going during the correct season can have a major effect in the way you enjoy the holiday too. As a basic guideline, travelling during the rainy season is not recommended as the period from May to August carries an excess of a rainfall, which makes any outdoor activities impossible. When it comes to visiting Nuwara Eliya or nearby locations, during April or May is the apt time. One thing to note though is that the accommodation rates in Amaya Langdale Nuwara Eliya and various other famous holiday bungalows in Nuwara Eliya are lower during the offseason.

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2. Book accommodation ahead

This is particularly important on if you are heading to Sri Lanka during the peak tourist season as most of the top retreats in the popular spots will be booked way ahead of time. When your travel dates are fixed, select and book online through the hotel or resort's booking sites which also let you cancel for free during a given time period. This keeps travellers from being committed to staying at the hotel if they find a better offer just before leaving on the trip. It is important to check online reviews of hotels and lodgings before reserving a room as not all hotel on the island is centrally located as they claim to be.

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3. Make a travel itinerary

While the idea of roaming around aimlessly in a heaven island may sound like a fun plan for newcomers in Sri Lanka, it is always better to have a few plans in case you have a dull day or moment with nothing to do. Make a list of must-visit attractions and top activities you want to do and follow them, if not religiously, at least sparsely.

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4. Use public transport

Sri Lanka's public transportation system may not be up to date as those in Singapore or Malaysia but that does not mean you can't depend on the transport and train schedules in the nation for your travelling. Publics transport runs on a dependable timetable in Sri Lanka and online bookings are also available for longer journeys via the Sri Lanka Railway website. Use metered three-wheelers at any point for the in-between journeys and always ask and fix on a fare before you get in if they have no meter.

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5. Be one among the locals

Sri Lankans are probably the most inviting and friendliest people you will meet in Asia, so apart from conversing with the natives to get directions and good food spots, you can also ask about the locality and history of the place. Don't be shocked if you are welcomed for a family feast in a nearby home after your conversation either!

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