Stress Free Travel Sri Lanka
The beautiful island of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean offers a number of different holiday experiences in one. Beautiful beaches, hillside country with excellent trekking opportunities, ancient cities and temples, a variety of wild life including elephant sanctuaries and on top of this wonderful cuisine as well. In general it is an easy country to travel around in, but there are some things you should remember to keep your trip stress free.
Firstly check government advice before you travel. Internal fighting has made some areas of the country unsafe to visit. Normally this applies to the north of the country in particular but at times other areas such as the east are deemed to be unsafe for tourists as well. The foreign office website has advice on areas where travel should be avoided so bear this in mind when planning your trip.
You will need a visa to travel to Sri Lanka. This needs to be obtained in advance from the embassy so make sure you have one before you travel. When travelling around the island you need to carry your passport with you at all times. It is also advisable to check with your doctor at least six weeks before you leave in case you need any special vaccinations or injections.
When you are travelling around the island you will often find that touts will come up to you to try and encourage you to visit their restaurant or stay in their hotel. If they can encourage you to do so they will earn commission from the venue. It can seem overwhelming at times but it is how everything works on the island and how many people earn their money. Either relax and accept it or alternatively you can book on a package tour or arrange for a driver to take you around. If you are with a package tour or a driver then you will go to pre-arranged destinations and you will not be troubled by touts apart from the inevitable souvenir touts trying to encourage you to buy things at the major tourist sites.
When you are arranging your trip the simplest and easiest way is to fly directly from London. There are daily flights operating to Sri Lanka with SriLankan Airlines from London. As it is a long haul destination ensure you leave plenty of time for check in and to clear security. A slightly cheaper alternative can be to fly via another country. This is also a good alternative if you do not want to fly from London Heathrow. Whichever airport you are flying from the website ukairports.org.uk will give full information on how to get there including details on any public transport or car parks available.