Sri Lanka is a country that had been an my travel list for a long time. I once read a poem about it and instantly feel in love with the description of the nature’s beauty.
Due to its shape and location, it is often called the ‘Tear of India’, but it definitely is a tear of joy. It is a true bucket list destination and everyone should experience it themselves.
It is a country with incredible beaches on its long coast line and tea plantations on the mountains of the center. Sri Lanka is a country of colors from it’s classic light blue trains, the tuk tuks and its colorful sunsets. Furthermore it is one the best safari destinations in the world.
In 2019 I finally got to visit this small piece of heaven and despite a rough beginning I fell in love with the country, its’ food and people.
There are many incredible things you can do in this small but diverse country. And you have been there it is impossible not to love it.
Places to See in Sri Lanka
Kaudulla National Park / Minneriya National Park
Little Adam’s Peak
Ella to Kandy Train Ride
Things to Know before you visit Sri Lanka
Daily Travel Budget
Sinhalese & Tamil
Due to the countries colonial history, most people speak English.
Sri Lankan Rupee
As of July 2020, 100 LKR equal 0.47 EUR, 0.43 GBP, 0.78 AUD or 0.54 USD.
Credit Cards & ATMs
Most places in Sri Lanka accept credit cards. MasterCard and Visa have the biggest acceptance, but more and more places accept Amex.
However it is best to have a small amount of cash on you. Otherwise you will not be able to buy amazing food at street side stalls.
There are plenty ATMs in Sri Lanka, so it is hard not to find one. Alternatively you can exchange money at a lot of places. Just check if the exchange rate offered is fair.
Plugs in Sri Lanka are type D and G with a voltage of 230V and a frequency of 50Hz.
Most places only have one of the two types, so it is best to have an adapter that works with both types. Very few universal travel adapters actually work with both types, so check if yours does. Otherwise you will likely be unable to charge your electronics.
Citizens of most countries require a visa to enter the country. Use the official government website to get your ETA for Sri Lanka.
In general Sri Lanka is a rather safe country for travelers including female solo travelers. There are some minor scams you should look out for, but it is easy to avoid them. Do not accept any ‘free’ tuk tuk rides to a mostly unknown temple and check if they reset the counter at gas stations.
There was a terrorist attack in 2019, so it is recommended to stay away from political and larger religious events. Due to this attack there is a larger military presence at some places including the airport and some roads. Do not be alarmed if you see a military checkpoint.
When to visit Sri Lanka
The best time to visit Sri Lanka depends on what you want to do and where the location within the country. Due to its geographical location Sri Lanka has two monsoon season.
Therefore the best time to visit the East of the country is between April or May to September. If you want to visit the West, the South or the hill country in the center, it is best to go there between December and March.
Be aware that the are no guarantees that it will not rain for several days even if you travel in the best timeframe. I had a bit of bad luck myself when I explored the country.