Sri Lanka is famous for its rich heritage and culture. People in Sri Lanka observe various traditions in line with this rich culture that they’ve been brought up with and there are a couple of travel etiquettes you must best observe while you explore and enjoy the paradise island! Whilst you tick off your list of things to do in Sri Lanka and go about exploring the various places to see in Sri Lanka here are a few etiquettes to keep in mind;
1. Using your hands to eat
Here in Sri Lanka, it is a norm to use your fingers to consume the local delicacies. Locals largely avoid the use of cutlery and prefer to use the fingertips on their right hands to eat. Join in on the fun and treat yourself to a delectable array of local cuisine prepared in the most authentic manner by visiting our specialty restaurant Nuga Gama at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo. Of course, you can opt to use cutlery, you only need to ask our friendly staff!
2. Be wary of Public photography
Sri Lanka is no doubt a photographer’s paradise, but pay heed to some of the photographic etiquettes followed in Sri Lanka as some places require special permission prior to being photographed. Never photograph sensitive locations such as churches, temples and other places of worship, inside shopping malls and even inside tea factories. Also make sure not to photograph the local soldiers who stand guard, military bases and government buildings.
3. No PDA, please!
Owing to the culture and traditions in Sri Lanka, public displays of affection such as kissing and/or hugging in public is usually frowned upon but is generally accepted at night clubs, casinos and beach parties! Also, public nudity is illegal in Sri Lanka, so it would be best to avoid skinny dip and sunbathe in nude.
4. Respecting all religions
Sri Lanka is a multi-cultural and multi-religious country. You will find an abundance of Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and Christians wherever you go! You will even see their various places of worship scattered all over the island. Ensure that all monks and other religious leaders are given due respect. Ensure that you’re clad in modest outfits when visiting places of worship or places of religious significance.
We at Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts always stayed true to cultural heritage and traditional roots! Therefore, offering a truly local experience to all our guests! Visit our properties and feel the local culture right from the get-go as our staff welcome you with an “Ayubowan”.