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Sri Lanka’s rich cultural history and bounty of attractions are worthy motivations for visitors here. People on spiritual journeys also visit Sri Lanka, as well as India, both of which have certain similarities, from their spicy foods to a shared culture.

Sri Lanka has some remarkable attractions and adventures from thrilling wildlife viewing, both land and marine, and exciting activities such as hot air balloon flights, to fascinating historic sights and lending a helping hand to wildlife conservation projects.

Is it Safe to Travel to Sri Lanka?

Absolutely! Sri Lanka has recovered from the civil war that ended in 2009, becoming a tourist attraction bustling with visitors from all over the world. Even with the reduced threats, Sri Lankan authorities have ensured that appropriate security measures are implemented at every public location, including airports and malls. During your visit, you might come across the Sri Lankan Police keeping an eye on things.

Sri Lanka Safety Tips For Food And Water Consumption

The first part of this travel advice for Sri Lanka provides you with some insights on what to eat/drink when you are visiting Sri Lanka.

  • The tap water isn’t suitable for drinking. Before drinking, the water needs to be filtered, boiled, or go through a sterilizer. So stick to bottled water during your stay.
  • Remember to ask the vendors if they have used filtered water to make fresh fruit juices, ice-cream, milkshakes, and ice cubes.
  • Purchasing fruits or vegetables that have been washed on the street can be unhygienic so be cautious.
  • Sri Lankan food is prepared using spices and herbs, which might take some time for you to get used to. Most visitors love trying local cuisine and make the most of these new tastes.

Sri Lanka Safety Tips For The Cities

No matter the security level of a foreign country, even in the safest places, we have to follow some rules. Most of these rules will be a part of your travel guidelines. Travelling to Sri Lanka will be much more enjoyable if you stay alert about a few things:

  • Many visitors are attracted to the beaches which experience rip-tides at certain times. As long as you stay aware of this, you’ll have a safe and enjoyable visit to the beach.
  • The roads in Sri Lanka are pretty good, except for the roads in remote areas that have fallen into a state of disrepair. It’s unlikely that you’ll be driving yourself, but if you are, make sure you drive slowly and safely both during the day and night.
  • The traffic rules are pretty sketchy, so watch out for crossing pedestrians, animals, and random vehicles.
  • Taxis fares can be expensive so be aware and get advice on the cost of taking a taxi. It would be more cost-effective to travel via buses or motorized rickshaws.

Wildlife Travel Tips Sri Lanka

The majority of travellers visit Sri Lanka in some part for the safari experience. Here are some safety tips that you should keep in mind when visiting Sri Lanka.

  • Follow the guidelines provided to you and listen to your safari Their experience will help you get the very best out of your safari.
  • Wildlife such as elephants, crocodiles, and leopards, are to be treated with a high level of respect and caution.
  • On safaris, you have to speak in low volumes and avoid making any sudden moves that may startle the wild animals.
  • During your stay, you need to keep a lookout for snakes and insects, carry an insect repellent, as they are common in many parts of Sri Lanka.

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