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7 Travel tips for first-time visitors to Sri Lanka – Things you need to remember before your travels

Though not as popular as Thailand or Indonesia, Sri Lanka is fast becoming a popular destination. If you are travelling to this tropical island for the first time, you need to remember a few things.

1

Learn a bit about the country

The country was colonialised, and not so long ago, the civilians in the country suffered from a civil war. Locals are still readjusting to this new post-war era, and if you want to appreciate your time there, try and read a bit about the country's history.

2

Don't be in a hurry

The locals aren't very fast-paced. They are never in a hurry, and they like to take their time doing something. If this is not what you are used to, try not to stress over it. There isn't anything you can do about it; the only thing you can do however is not fill your day with too many activities.

3

Don't rely too much on public transport

There are plenty of buses and trains available. But you can never rightly know their schedule. If you are a first-time visitor, the public transport system is simply going to juggle your head. Relying too much on public transport can undo your schedule. So, consider other options like car rentals, cab services and tuk-tuks. Also, if you have means to do it, you can go for an air taxi Sri Lanka – the likes of Cinnamon Air are readily available.

4

Don't miss out on Colombo

Many tourists make the mistake of heading off to the Southern province for beaches or the upcountry right away. This is something you shouldn't do, the capital of the country has quite a lot to offer – there are museums, eateries, street food and art galleries for you to enjoy.

5

Keep enough small value notes

You are not going to be very successful in convincing bus drivers, tuk-tuk drivers and small shop owners of accepting high-value bills, they are simply going to refuse. Also, leaving a tip in restaurants and cafes is normal practice. Therefore, try to have enough small value notes with you.

6

Keep a mosquito repellent

Sri Lanka is a tropical country, and like many other countries in the region, Sri Lanka too is threatened by the tropical disease dengue fever. Keeping a mosquito repellent is extremely important if you are to avoid the risk of dengue. In case you run out of the one you've already bought, you can buy plenty of repellents at supermarkets. Also, if you are planning to spend most of your time at beaches, don't forget to pack plenty of sun lotion and bug spray.

7

Go for an Ayurvedic treatment

Sri Lanka is famous for its practice of Ayurveda, and you should avail yourself of the gift as well. When it comes to Sri Lankan Ayurveda, it mostly means massages and aromatherapy. These are excellent treatments that soothe your body and soul. You can find a few places in Colombo as well as in highlands where you can get a soothing Ayurvedic treatment.

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