Keep an open mind to learning and experiencing new things when you travel abroad. Try local food, enjoy the sun and respect the culture whilst being mindful that the way of life might be different from yours. Be open to experiencing all a country has to offer and it will be a much more enriching experience.
Nature of Tropical Travel
Sri Lanka is a beautiful Island rich in fauna and flora, with many attractions from graceful sea creatures to the elusive leopards and beautiful elephants! The two largest mammals – Blue Whales and Elephants, are found in this Island within a short travel time.
In most parts of Sri Lanka, the climate is generally hot & humid during the day. However, the highland hilly areas provide much milder & pleasant weather. Travel during peak hours is subject to traffic delays. Whilst most main roads are well carpeted, the interior parts of the country are mostly off the beaten track. A guest may experience delays, moments of discomfort and risks can naturally occur and as in all travel in the tropics; insects in rooms are common. It is definitely important to carry a Mosquito repellent and allergy tablets/cream.
The formal greeting, “Ayubowan” means, ‘May you have a long life ‘ said in a gesture of both palms pressed together at chest level. The greetings vary between generations, religious groups and where they live. Not everyone likes to shake hands. So it’s best to shake hands if offered and never with a Buddhist monk. Sri Lankan people are generally friendly and helpful and most understand English.
Most ground handlers provide English speaking chauffeur-guides armed with extensive knowledge of Sri Lanka and responsive to your individual needs. Most guests also enjoy hopping into a Tuk Tuk which is an experience in itself. However, it is advisable to obtain the assistance of your ground Agent or the Boutique/Villa when hiring a Tuk Tuk ride, to be safe.
Sri Lanka’s rail network gives access to most of the island’s attractions and reserved seats can be purchased in advance online in air-conditioned private coaches attached to some trains. The best way to avoid the crazy roads is to travel around this beautiful island by air. Guests can also charter flights from Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) to a point close to the resort.
It is always advisable for every holidaymaker to have valid travel insurance. Please check the policy of the insurance prior to travel.
Colombo is home to many private hospitals with modern facilities and a vast choice from expert care to treatments to room categories! There are many pharmacies dotted all over and some within supermarkets. Most operate around the clock in Colombo. Other parts of the country may have facilities during regular working hours of the day.
Immigration & Emigration – Suhurupaya, Battaramulla – +94115329000
Tourist Police – 78, Galle Road Colombo 03 – +94112421451