With Sri Lanka reopening its borders, the island is a great destination for your next holiday and here are some insights to help you prepare.
While choosing boutique hotels in Sri Lanka is a great option, ensure the property has been certified as ‘Safe & Secure’. These include the likes of The Beach House that have adopted stringent health and hygiene protocols in keeping with guidelines from the World Health Organisation and local health bureau so you can rest easy.
When to Visit
Sri Lanka is a year-round destination so there’s never a “bad” time to visit! That said, the ideal period for beachside fun in the south and southwestern coastal areas is from November to April, while trips to the hill country are best from January to April. For visiting the east and north coasts, the optimal time is from May to September.
What to Pack
Since the country has a hot and humid climate, pack light cotton and linen clothing; if travelling to the chilly hill country, bring sweaters too. While shorts, t-shirts and baggy tops are ideal, remember when visiting temples, you need to cover bare legs and shoulders. Pack flip-flops / sandals and comfy shoes and plenty of sunscreen too.
Dress conservatively at sacred sites, don’t wear attire with religious imagery (like the Buddha), don’t touch / tap a Buddhist monk and remove your shoes and hat when entering religious sites or someone’s home. If you decide to eat with your hands like the locals, remember to only use the right hand since the left is considered unclean.