If you follow the news, you might now that Sri Lanka was home to a civil war of nearly sixteen years. This Civil War ended in 2009. And Sri Lanka has ever since had an ongoing increase in tourism, for most travelers it is the first time visiting this beautiful country of incredible places and nice people that will make your trip that much better.

For all of those thinking of packing a suitcase and traveling to Sri Lanka, here are ten tips from Roughguides.com that might come in handy for your trip.

1. Public transportation in Sri Lanka is probably slower than you expect it to be

In Sri Lanka the fastest mode of public transport would be the train, although it will get you places faster than a bus, it will most likely be going at max 15 miles per hours. So, if you’re short on time maybe consider taking a taxi, or even renting a car.

2. The night scene at Sri Lanka is very calm

If you’re a party person that enjoys a crazy weekend of clubbing, music festivals or raves, then you will be shocked by how calm the night scene in Sri Lanka can be. If you’re looking for a place to stay at night, you probably won’t find a hostel. But it is custom of Sri Lanka for locals to receive guest, and they would happily show you around.

3. Enjoy a day at one of the luxurious hotels

Treat yourself to a calming spa day, or a weekend at one of the best hotels in Sri Lanka. This developing country has been looking to increase their tourism and has built Luxurious Hotels for you to enjoy, all the rooms, activities and facilities were specially sought out for visitors to enjoy their time. If you’re looking to shop, well Sri Lanka has luxury boutiques for you to explore and find brands such Aman.

4. Visit the northern province, territory that not many have visited

If you like to wander and discover unique places, then the northern province will be of you liking. This area was closed to tourist for many years and has reopened its paths for tourist to visit recently. Although it would be hard to find accommodation, the beaches and colonial towns are worth visiting.

5. Be ready to eat

Many people enjoy a countries food more than any other attraction, if you are one of those people then you will be glad to hear that Sri Lanka has delicious food. Its kitchens differ noticeably from those of most countries in Asia, as you won’t find street food stands. Nevertheless, you will find many guesthouses of locals who offer delicious local food.

6. Visit the city of Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka

The capital city of Sri Lanka is one of the most attractive destinations for tourist, you can enjoy jazz music at small clubs, rooftop bars with nice views, and enjoy the culture of the country.

7. Beware of the season

Although you can have a great time at any season of the year, specific activities are reserved for the summer season. The cafes and shops alongside the trails to hike the mountain in Sri Lanka will probably be closed. You should prepare a small snack and a bottle of water for the hike if you are planning to hike in off season.

8. Plan to do some activities

If you enjoy doing beach sports, then Sri Lanka is the perfect destination for you. They offer activities filled with adrenaline, enjoy surfing at the Arugam Bay. Or put your adrenaline to the limit and go white water rafting.

9. Buy items at the supermarkets

Sri Lanka is one of the cheapest countries in Asia, nevertheless, some stores might be overpriced. If you are looking for basic necessity items, the best place would be the local supermarket, there you will find regulated prices.

10. Explore the culture

Sri Lanka has its own unique culture that is very different from its neighboring countries such as India, the locals will be glad to tell you about traditions and their overall culture.

These ten tips will help you enjoy your trip. Travel safe, and be sure to explore!

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If you follow the news, you might now that Sri Lanka was home to a civil war of nearly sixteen years. This Civil War ended in 2009. And Sri Lanka has ever since had an ongoing increase in tourism, for most travelers it is the first time visiting this...