With many beaches, friendly people, an army of elephants, cheap prices, delicious tea and yummy food, makes Sri Lanka is an irresistible destination to visit.
To enter Sri Lanka, you’ll need to apply for a Visa, it is relatively easy to get a short stay visa online.
Tipping in Sri Lanka
Generally, tipping is expected in Sri Lanka, in many circumstances people usually tip. If there are donation boxes it would be thoughtful to leave money for donations, particularly if the tour guide is a resident monk but beware tipping tour guides isn’t very popular as often a 10% service charge is usually applied to the end bill. It is always advisable to establish the fee in advance.
As mentioned 10% service surcharge is usually added to accommodation bills and food bills in larger establishments, any further investment should represent a reward for good service.
Places to Visit
If you fancy a rewarding workout, climbing the Pidurangala Rock (located in the north of Sri Lanka) is one worth making, it roughly takes about two hours to get to the top and is ranked #1 out of 19 things to do in Sigiriya. It roughly costs about £50.00 for a Day Excursions to the Piduragala Rock.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
This temple is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy. Since ancient times, the relic has been a crucial part in local politics as it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. You can get a Private Full-Day tour of Kandy which include visiting the Temple of Sacred Tooth Relic, currently costing about £40.00.
Food to Eat
Fish Ambul Thiyal (sour fish curry)
An island in the Indian Ocean, it’s a no-brainer that seafood dishes are popular in Sri Lanka. Fish Ambul Thiyal is one of the nations beloved varieties of the multiple different fish curries available. It is available throughout the country at restaurants that serve curry and is most delicious with rice.
Kottu is another dish in the heart of the Sri Lankan cuisine. It is made up of roti (flat bread), vegetable, oil, spices and egg/chicken or cheese (which is optional). It is the equivalent of a cheese burger and you can hear them rapidly chopping Kottu from a mile away!
Cost for a flight ticket
A flight cost to Sri Lanka with the British Airways start from £500.00 per person, flight duration is usually 13h 30m+ to get to Sri Lanka from the United Kingdom.