Sri Lanka Travel Guide

  • Sri Lanka
    by prasadindika
  • Sri Lanka
    by prasadindika
  • Srilankan Experience
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Sri Lanka Things to Do

  • Srilankan Experience

    we came back home after great 2 weeks round tour from srilanka .i found local individual tour organizer from internet, for my first inquire prompt reply with all tour package details .with my family requirement he organize small hotels all locations ,( good hotels with bed & breakfast) .air condition van transport ,and his professional guiding all...

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  • srilankan experience

    we came back home after great 2 weeks round tour from srilanka .i found local individual tour organizer from internet, for my first inquire prompt reply with all tour package details .with my family requirement he organize small hotels all locations ,( good hotels with bed & breakfast).air condition van transport ,and his professional guiding all...

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  • An excellent place to change money.

    I had not changed any money in Sri Lanka but it was getting near time it happened. As I was walking back from the zoo (see separate tip and travelogues) I came upon this place and could not believe my luck. It was a Sunday afternoon at about three in the afternoon and I really didn't fancy my chances of finding a bank. I also don't like using my...

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  • You really should try this.

    In the first few days I was wandering around Colombo I saw a lot of posters bearing the tagline, "No EGB, no food" which is quite some claim. It was obvious from the graphics that the advertising was for some form of soft drink but what exactly was EGB? I had no idea but I certainly do now and I absolutely love it. EGB is an acronym for Elephant...

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  • elephants. must see

    when you get there arrange a trip to see the elephants and have a ride.The blood pumps round your body and your pulse will rush.To have such a wild and powerful animal walking along with you on his/her back(no seat). you can put your hand out straight and touch the power of the back and the shoulders.a must to do....

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  • City of Gems ( Ratnapura )

    no reason to stay there but if you're interested in Gems you can visit the museum.It can rain very hard !!! ( floods)there is a good resthouse where you can have lunch or diner !

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Sri Lanka Hotels

  • Taj Exotica

    Bentota, 403 716, Sri Lanka

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Lighthouse Hotel

    It was great service from its staff and the food was fabulous. The dinner course was so unique and a...

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  • Jetwing Beach

    * TIP UNDER CONSTRUCTION *

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Sri Lanka Restaurants

  • Rice and Curry

    When ordering a rice and curry at a café (called hotels) you would usually expect to be served as a lunch packet which means it’s all on one plate. The plate is covered in lunch wrap and a mound of rice is placed in the middle with a selection around it. The other alternative is your rice and curry is self-service and this means it’s often enough...

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  • P&S Bakery

    P&S Bakery is a safe choice if you fancy a few shorties, a rice and curry parcel. Their restaurants are very clean and usually have proper toilet facilities. The best is the P&S just outside dambulla as you are driving towards Colombo. Some have breakfast options and dinner options like fried rice. In Kandy on the Peradiniya Road there is a nice...

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  • Unusual exotic fruit 3

    This to me is a really unusual fruit with a deep purple outside appearance. The white fleshy part is what's eaten. To open it you twist or press it firmly and it breaks apart. It taste is both sweet and tart (sour) at the same time. It is said to have a cooling effect on the body.The fruit is low in calories, high in fibre and rich in vit C. This...

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  • Unusual exotic fruit 2

    In Sri Lanka they are red and hairy and grow in clusters. This exotic fruit is high in vit C, magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron.Ripe rambutan scan be twisted and the fruit pops out. The fruit resembles a translucent egg and it has a hard seed in the middle. In my opinion the taste is not unlike lychee.Apparently it is better to purchase it...

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  • Unusual fruit

    Yuck the smell makes me sick but hey don't let that put you off. Apparently the smellier the better the taste it gives off strong sulphates. When my boyfriend eats this he has to be in a different room and brush the teeth really well afterwards.The fruit is green in appearance and I have been told it has a sweet custard like taste. It contains high...

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  • A typical snack

    These are sri lanka’s answer to pancakes made from a fermented batter of rice flour and coconut milk and a touch of palm toddy except these days you can buy the ready mix. Hoppers are crisp on the outside and soft and spongy on the inside. You can eat them savoury with an egg cracked in the middle and served with hot spicy chilli sambol or spread...

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Sri Lanka Transportation

  • Tour Guide

    When you don't have a great amount of time on your holiday to get around it is a good idea to employ a driver, someone who knows the roads and can help you design a memorable trip.My friend Dinu currently drives for a company but he is purchasing his own vehicle and will be able to offer his services freelance as well. I have been with him en-route...

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  • Best driver: Kalum Niriella

    We went to Sri Lanka for 10 days and we got Kalum's contact details from a Lonely Planet forum. From the begining, Kalum helped us giving us tips about hotels and itinerary and one of the best hotels we have been in Sri Lanka was recommended by him. Kalum is a good professional, very kind and with a very good knowledge about his country....

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  • Driver guide for Sri Lanka

    Still one of the best travel we've made! And we travel quite a lot.We were on Sri Lanka in 2010, by recommendation of our friends. We also took the same guide, Jagath Tours, and this proved to be the winning combination. That was a wonderful, carefree travel, full of cultural and natural wonders.It is so easy to recommend Jagath as the first and...

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Sri Lanka Shopping

  • Shopping in Colombo

    by YannickPeeters Updated Mar 22, 2004

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    Magestic city :
    cheap stuff but not a bad quality !
    very good for buying DVD's only 2.5 US $

    Colombo plaza:
    not expensive, not cheap but high quality !
    good for clothing,....

    house of fashion:
    famous for its clothes, very cheap and medium quality but some nice things

    odel:
    medium expensive but very nice

    gems are very famous in Sri lanka, make shure you buy it in the right store, they could switch it ito a fake stone in the end!!!

    never give your money to fast !!!! specially when it is crowdy, they could claim that you didn't pay yet, so give them the money until you have your goods and the bill !!!!
    they also like to give back to little or claim that you gave 500 rps instead of 1000 !! be carefull they know the tricks !!

    What to buy: DVD
    Gems
    Craftswork
    thee
    clothing
    many more

    What to pay: little money

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Sri Lanka Local Customs

  • Temple Etiqutte- Don’t forget your socks

    When visiting the ancient city of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura you are required to remove any headgear and also your shoes. The ground barefoot can be oven hot and I have seen several burnt feet when I was in Polonnaruwa the answer is pack an old pair of socks preferably a dark colour this is acceptable. Keep shoulders covered and legs covered ¾...

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  • Electrical sockets and plugs.

    I appreciate that this is not really to do with local culture but I could not decide where else to put it and I further appreciate that it is not the most interesting tip I will ever write but it may hopefully be of use.This tip deals with electrical sockets and plugs. So far, I have been in Sri Lanka and have seen three different types of sockets....

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  • A once a year opportunity.

    Like many countries in the world, Sri Lanka celebrates an Independence Day, also known as National Day, in this case on the 4th February annually. I was lucky enough to be in the country when it wass celebrated in 2014 and my hotelier friend told me I should go to the nearby cricket stadium as there was to be a celebration. I am always in favour of...

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Sri Lanka Warnings and Dangers

  • Looks beautiful but beware.

    The beaches of Sri Lanka are undoubtedly beautiful and on a hot day it may seem like a good idea to just dive into the surf of the Indian Ocean but beware as it is not as benign as it appears and there have been a number of drownings on various beaches all over the country. The most recent figures I can find, which are admittedly a little old, are...

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  • Beware the serpent!

    I realise that I live in a very cossetted environment. I come from Northern Ireland and I believe there are no indigenous snakes on the island of Ireland. The legend would have it that they were banished by St. Patrick but a more likely explanation is something to do with the last Ice Age and the fact that they just didn't get that far. I now live...

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  • Mosquito Bites

    Although there is a fair amount of emphasis about malaria being in the Northern parts I can't say I have come across a malaria area in Trincomalee. Howvever dengue fever is a real problem and that is rife in very urban areas like Colombo. Some areas have more mosquitos then others I have been given tips by other travels that a mix of garlic &...

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Sri Lanka Tourist Traps

  • watch your money when you shop !

    by YannickPeeters Written Mar 22, 2004

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    never give your money to fast !!!! specially when it is crowdy, they could claim that you didn't pay yet, so give them the money until you have your goods and the bill !!!!

    they also like to give back to little or claim that you gave 500 rps instead of 1000 !! be carefull they know the tricks !!

    Unique Suggestions: just start making a scene !!

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Sri Lanka Off The Beaten Path

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    Time to post a letter.

    by planxty Written Jan 24, 2014

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    I suppose it is inevitable given the length of time that Sri Lanka, or Ceylon as it was then, was under the colonial rule of various European powers that there should be some reminders of that period left. One such is the humble postbox. People may (quite understandably) deem me mad or obsessional or whatever and I would find it difficult to argue the point but, bizarre as it sounds, I have already written a tip about a postbox in the UK which you can find here should you be in the slightest interested. I should tell you that I am not a postbox afficionado although I know of websites that deal solely with that subject. Rather, I find interest in the mundane and their significance in the place I am visiting. My late Mother used to tell a story about me as a small boy stopping to read a manhole cover and asking her who "Stanton and Staveley" were. I suppose this inquisitive nature has stayed with me ever since.

    I am constructing this tip in the "off the beaten path" section as, frankly, I cannot think where else to put it. The main image was taken on a very well-beaten path, namely the Galle Road in Bamalapitiya (Southern Colombo) and so well-beaten is it that you take your very life in your hands attempting to cross it, even on a pedestrian crossing.

    What initially drew my attention was the fact that there were two postboxes adjacent to each other. Were they both still functional? If the Sri Lankans wanted to dispel the legacy of colonialism, why did they not remove the obviously British red box when they erected their own green box? Why choose green, a notably Islamic colour in an area that is predominantly Buddhist instead of blue or yellow or whatever? I have no answers as I am busy with other things now but I am sure my nature will, at some point, drive me to a Google search of "postboxes Sri Lanka". This is just the way I am.

    OK, you have read this far, for which I thank you so let me give you a little postbox information. In one of those acts of synchronicity that have now ceased to amaze me as they used to, I was watching an English language documentary on TV in my hotel in Colombo called "How do they do that?" and one portion of the magazine show was devoted to the making of of postboxes in the UK which has been in the hands of a firm near Glasgow for a long time and there are even third generation foundrymen and painters employed there.

    The major thing to know about postboxes is that you can generally date them by the logo embossed on them. For example VR signifies the reign of Queen Victoria (Victoria Regina) and our current Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth the Second has EIIR (E2R) to show the box was erected in her reign. The box in the main picture, therefore, intrigued me a little.

    Firstly, it shows GR (George Rex) but we have had a lot of Kings George, admittedly not many of them associated with our colonial rule of Sri Lanka but it still struck me as strange. Secondly, surely even in the heights of colonial fervour, did we actually ship heavy iron postboxes from UK to our colonies. Apparently not. A close look at the bottom of the box reveals that it was founded in the "Government factory" in 1951, a mere two years before the late King died and our current Sovereign ascended the throne. I wonder what happened to the "Government factory". Does it still exist, does it manufacture postboxes or are they imported cheap from China?

    Obviously now, my interest having been piqued, I am going to be on a hunt for colonial era postboxes to see how many reigns I can find and can someone please explain to me how I can write a tip this long about something so prosaic? I think I need a curry, a beer and a lie down in that order but standby for more images and presumably a travelogue at some stage entitled "Colonial postboxes of Sri Lanka). Watch this space.

    Colonial era postbox, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Colonial era postbox, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Colonial era postbox, Galle, Sri Lanka.
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    • Budget Travel
    • Photography
    • Historical Travel

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Sri Lanka Sports & Outdoors

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    Cricket mad

    by jo104 Written Mar 4, 2014

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    Sri Lanka are completely cricket mad in fact if you come from a cricketing country you almost instantly become best friends, for this reason I decided to purchase a cricket South Africa top rather then my preferred rugby.

    If a bar has a tv you can be sure that they are showing cricket. The normal tv channel has at least 3 different sports channels all showing you guessed CRICKET.

    I have recently been watching the Asia Cup 2014 and I have to say without a doubt it is the most exciting international I have watched in a very long time.

    Boys play cricket just about anywhere in Sri Lanka so while driving you may need to watch out for stray balls and youngsters using the road as their own personal pitch.

    There are 8 cricket grounds in Sri Lanka and 7 have been used for international matches. The 2011 cricket world cup was held here. The president has his own stadium named after him in his hometown Hambantota.

    taken in Jaffna

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Sri Lanka Favorites

  • Lord Buddha hand Gestures

    1)) VITARKA - Teaching Transmission, a circle formed by the thumb and the index finger denoted the energy of teaching and intellectual discussion. This common hand position seen in the statues of Lord Buddha creates a constant flow of energy or information2) DHYANA - Meditation, formed when the thumbs of the two hands touch creating a circle of...

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  • Be prepared for a 101 questuions

    What is your age? In most countries this is considered really rude and whats even worse is they guess its never 5-10 years less no quite the opposite.Are you married? Do you have children? This is really important to especially village Sri Lankan’s and if you are married they cannot comprehend why you would have no children. If you have no children...

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  • Etiquette on affectionate behaviour in...

    The local couples hide behind umbrellas, public displays of affection are taboo and in some areas like Colombo Galle face strip the police patrol the area and break up kissing lovers. In Colombo the girls are more liberated and this is where you can find some great nightclubs. Watch out for random locals trying to kiss you I have experienced this...

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Comments (2)

  • Jul 30, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Thanks. Wonder if you have a name of driver/guide to take me around for 12 days

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      Jul 31, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      You need to post your question on the VT Sri Lanka travel forum. Very few people will see it here and you are certain to get helpful replies on the forum. Either use the 'Ask a question' box directly above your post or go straight to the forum here:

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  • Jun 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    There is so much to see in the North and East of Sri Lanka too, you know! If you make a trip to Kandy (centre, hill station) then a 3 hour downhill journey through Mahiyangana to Batticaloa in the East may be a good idea as an extension. From here you could travel North to Trincomalee. There are some great beaches in these two coastal cities. ( For tour operators, these two don't exist! ) If you are more adventurous, you may want to go to Jaffna in the North which was out of bounds for decades. The popular Casuarina beach is in Karainagar, Jaffna.

 
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