Sri Lanka is an island paradise in the Indian Ocean known for being a haven for tourists. The island is full of congenial traps and places to explore and is easy to navigate, especially since social media, travel websites and Google has covered the island and gathered information. Here are a few trips for the expectant tourist looking to come to Sri Lanka:
Check the Weather
Sri Lanka has two main seasons: wet and dry. Each goes to the extreme in their manifestation, with the wet seasons including two monsoons which can cause floods, and the dry season which can cause droughts. The dry season is easier to cope with as there will always be rains somewhere in the island, and the irrigation system in the country never dries up completely. Take appropriate clothing as well; the dry season can be extremely hot so take as many cotton clothes as you can. If you decide to visit in the rainy season don’t forget an umbrella.
Be Medically Prepared
Despite its proximity to India, Sri Lanka has far less number of infectious diseases and a healthcare system that is 100 times more efficient and pervasive. Foreigners can walk into any hospital in the country and be treated with the best doctors and medicines available. However, it’s safer to research the travel medicine requirements before you land in Sri Lanka; update your vaccinations to MMR, Tetanus and Diphtheria while also getting vaccinations for Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Japanese Encephalitis and Polio for someone who has never had the booster as a child.
In case you do not have any of the above, the airport staff can direct you on arrival to the nearest medical centre that offers travel medicine options, while any emergency vaccinations will be available in the airport itself.
Food, Lodging and Travel
Sri Lanka offers a variety of cuisines for all price ranges therefore food will not be a problem. If you’re worried about sanitation, simply opt out of street food and always eat from restaurants and respectable eateries. There are plenty of internationally recognized food apps that will let you locate the nearest eatery in whichever cuisine you wish. As for accommodation, again Sri Lanka has everything from backpackers’ hotels to capsule hotels to home stays or luxury hotels and most of the options are available for booking online. Check it out before you arrive in the island. Travel is extremely convenient to all major cities on public transport which is cheap, or you can hire a car to drive yourself. Off-roading on bicycles is also getting increasingly popular.