Travel tips

[ driver Sri Lanka ]

Please find bellow some very usefull advices compiled for you :

Trip planning is essential to stress free holiday to Sri Lanka. By doing your preparation prior to leaving for Sri Lanka, you could lower the possibilities of something really going wrong. Many travellers quite often regret for not considering these simple pre travel measures right before making your way to Sri Lanka.

VISA : Consider doing your ETA registration before to come in Sri Lanka here. ETA is valid for 30 days from your first days of your holidays.

Health : No specific inoculations are needed to enter Sri Lanka.

Because travel is tiring, and constant packing/unpacking a bore, base your holiday planning around travel centres. For example, Dambulla (or Kandalama if you’re prepared to spend money in one of the world’s most beautiful hotels) is the perfect centre for the so-called cultural triangle (Dambulla, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and even Anuradhapura) and Nuwara Eliya is good for both the high hill country and Horton Plains (World’s End).

It’s hotter – and stickier – than you probably imagine (even in winter) which adds to the exhaustion of travel. It also means that you need to be careful in the sun (so you’re not among the bright red Westerners on the return flight). Because of the climate, bugs, insects and other creepy crawlies are not unusual. You can learn to happily co-habit rooms with ants and gejos – but mosquitos are an occasional menace.

Mosquitos : Even if Guest House and Hôtels have mosquitos bed protections, take a good repeler spray with you for outside. No mosquitos in the mountains over 1500m!

Never trust fresh Water in Sri Lanka, always drink mineral water in closed new plastic bottles. Also, wash your teeth with mineral water, and for the same reasons, do not eat uncooked vegetables in standard restaurant or GH.

Tipping: have plenty of very small notes at all times, tipping is normal and everyone expects to be tipped.  Guide prices are: 20rupees loo attendants; 50rupees porters, etc. Others at your discretion but you might feel pressurised to tip.

Be cautious, keep your papers and money with you at all time.

ATM (cash machines) are everywhere, except at the airport. Normal Maestro card works just as fast as at home. Prefer few cash withdrawal and bigger amount each because of bank fee.

Children – will love the animals – highlights are the elephants bathing and riding, releasing turtles in the sea and firewalking in Kandy. Do not try third class trains. Sigiria rock is a bit difficult for young children. Singalaise people really loves children, you will be warmely welcomed.

Electricity : Voltage is 230V AC, 50Hz. Mostly use round three-pin UK plugs. Most of GH and Hôtels have adaptator for European and US plugs.

GuestHouse : If you choose cheap GH, they are clean, but because they mostly don’t have washing machine, the best is to come with a sleeping bag sheet.

Dogs : Caution cases of rabid dogs were reported. In all cases they are full of fleas, so do not approach them!

Indicative rates for Heritage sites, Museum and Safari :[ driver Sri Lanka ]

  • Anuradhapura : 36$ p/p (UNESCO)
  • Polonnaruwa : 36$ p/p (UNESCO)
  • Sigiriya : 38$ p/p (UNESCO)
  • Minneriya Safari : 30$ p/p + Jeep
  • Dambulla : 14$ p/p
  • Mihintale : 6$ p/p
  • Aukana : 6$ p/p
  • Kandy Temple : 12$ p/p
  • Kandy Museum : 14$ p/p
  • Peradeniya : 12$ p/p
  • Pinnawela Elephan Orphenage : 22$ p/p
  • Uda Walawa Safari : 30$ p/p + Jeep
  • Yala Safari : 30$ p/p + Jeep
  • Horton Plains : 26$ p/p + Jeep
  • National Museum à Colombo: 14$ p/p