Travel Tips

Travel Tips

Travel tips for your holiday to Sri Lanka

Surrounded by the blue waves of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is attracted by its beautiful landscape, rich cultural heritage, and historic sites. This island country has plenty to offer every traveller, from the tea estates of Nuwara Eliya to the busy streets of Colombo. However, before you start to trip to Sri Lanka, here are some insider tips to make your journey even more enriching

Planning Your Trip to Sri Lanka


Consider the dry season (December to May) for sunshine and beach pleasure, or chase waterfalls and landscapes during the monsoons (June to November).


Obtain your Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) online for an effortless arrival.


Carry Sri Lankan Rupees (LKR) and consider pre-ordering some currency. ATMs are readily available in most major towns.

Essential Packing for Your Trip

Respectful attire

Pack lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers your shoulders and knees when visiting temples and religious sites.

Comfy footwear

Prepare for cobbled streets, sandy beaches, and treks with versatile shoes and sandals.


A reusable water bottle, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a universal travel adapter are all deemed necessary.

Immerse Yourself in the Culture

Temple etiquette

Remove shoes and headwear before entering religious sites. Be mindful of noise and respectful towards devotees while exploring.

Learn a few phrases

Simple Sinhalese greetings like "Ayubowan" (hello) and "Istuti" (thank you) go a long way.

Support local businesses

Look for small shops, homestays, and family-run restaurants for authentic experiences and ethical tourism.

Embrace the flavor

Savor the fiery flavors of Sri Lankan cuisine, but start mild and adjust to your tolerance.

Must-Try Food while exploring Sri Lanka

Must-Try Food while exploring Sri Lanka

Local Cuisine & Courtesies

Street Food

Enjoy the vibrant street food scene, but prioritize vendors with high turnover and good hygiene. Bring bottled water and hand sanitiser with you.

Spice Level

Sri Lankan food can be spicy, but don't worry! The majority of restaurants accommodate different tastes.

Eating using your hands

It's the traditional way! Rice and curry should be mixed together using your right hand to form tiny balls that you may bite into. Wash thoroughly beforehand.


Not mandatory, but a small tip (10%) is greatly appreciated for good service.

Exploring Beyond the Beaches

Image of an incredible journey in Sri Lanka, showcasing the island's diverse treasures of nature.

Hire a local guide

Tap into their knowledge and explore Sri Lanka’s hidden gems off the beaten path.

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Enjoy the tuk-tuk

This iconic three-wheeler offers a fun and affordable way to travel, however, negotiate fares beforehand.

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Get adventurous

Hike through beautiful rainforests, climb the ancient Sigiriya rock fortress, go whale watching in Mirissa, and many more.

Escape in nature

Relax on beaches, visit elephant sanctuaries, or soak in the relaxation of mountains.

Things to Remember

Bargaining is common

Respectful negotiation is expected at markets and with some tuk-tuk drivers.

Be mindful of wildlife

Maintain a safe distance from elephants and respect national park regulations.

Protect the environment

Use reusable bags, avoid littering, and be mindful of your water consumption while exploring.

With these tips, you’re ready to go on a holiday to Sri Lanka on an unforgettable adventure. So pack your bags, open your heart, and prepare to be enchanted by the magic of this island paradise with Delux Holidays, the best reliable tour operator to Sri Lanka.

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