If you’re travelling to Sri Lanka for the first time, you’re in for an incredible experience. The animals, the landscapes, the people. The teardrop island is special. But, just like any country you visit, it’s worth getting to grips with the basics first. So, whether you’re headed to the capital of Colombo, the national parks of Yala or Udawalawe, or planning on scaling Adam’s Peak, here are our travel tips on Sri Lanka travel for first-time tourists to Sri Lanka.
1. How do I apply for Visa?
The Visa application process is undemanding and straightforward. It is entirely electronic and can be done from the comfort of your own home without having to tire yourself in lengthy queues; obtaining the Application, its submission and the approval of such Visa can all be done through the Department of Emigration and Immigration’s online Portal.
2. What must I see and do?
Among all the places to visit in Sri Lanka, it is a must to enjoy the sandy sun kissed beaches along the east coast of Sri Lanka, drive through the rugged roads of our National Parks in Minneriya, Yala or Wilpattuwith the wind rushing through your hair, set out to sea on a whale-watching mission in Bentota or Hikkaduwa, journey down the longest river of Sri Lanka by boat, hike through the luscious green jungles, discover ancient ruins in Anuradhapura and Pollonaruwa and observe the sacrality of the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy to truly have a taste of Sri Lanka.Sri Lanka travel places are innumerable, there are always things to do and see!
3. What are the people and their culture like?
The people of Sri Lanka are known for their hospitality, helpfulness and sociability. If you need any assistance or travel tips, be it at a hotel, place of worship or even on the road, do not hesitate to ask a by-stander to experience the true warmth of the Sri Lankan people as they go out of their way to help you.
Sri Lanka being a multiethnic country, its culture is rich, vivid and vibrant. Colorful religious and cultural festivals such as the Perahera processions, Vesak Festival, Sinhala and Tamil New Year etc. are brimming with traditions and customs unique to Sri Lankan Culture which have been passed down from generations, over its 2000-year-old rich history.
4. How do I connect?
Most Telecommunication and Wi-Fi providers in Sri Lanka are easily accessible at the Airport or in any retail shop in the cities. All Network service providers provide special packages for tourist at a special rate and custom made to suit the requirements of tourists. Telecommunication and Wi-Fi are considered to be comparatively cheaper in Sri Lanka than in other countries, so there’s nothing stopping you from sharing your thrilling travels in Sri Lanka with everyone back home.
5. When should I visit?
This Paradise Island is considered to be a year-round destination but the best time to visit depends on the region of the country you hope to explore. Sri Lanka is affected by two monsoons, although the temperature stays constant due to its location close to the equator. If you’re heading to the west and south coasts and hill country, December to March is the best time to visit Sri Lanka. If you plan on seeing the east coast, you’ll get the best weather from April/May to September. However, January to March and Mid-July to September is a fantastic time to travel across the whole country.
6. Where should I stay?
When the days’ adventure and exploration is done, there is no better way to relax and unwind than to enjoy the luxury of a plush, luxurious and comfortable room. Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts provides unique experiences which are refreshingly authentic and are sure to rejuvenate you after your travels in Sri Lanka with soothing spas, ayurvedic treatment centers and unexpected spaces to relax found across all 13 Cinnamon locations. Relax and prepare you for the adventures to come.