First of all, I would like to thank Tripoto that I planned my trip by the help of an itinerary already posted on this platform. With the help of Tripoto, I know how to proceed and work out on this trip.
Although, it's a very short duration trip around 5 days only but it was most memorable one. It's a backpacking trip and I took my flight from Chennai and booked my flight 2 months back to save some extra bucks although I am residing in Delhi. I met with a South Indian guy in the train from Delhi to Chennai who shared some valuable tips with me for Sri Lanka trip that I am mentioning here. These are as follows :
- Sri Lanka is a developing country, so basic amenities are very less at some places.
- Public transport i.e. buses are good in numbers but trains are very few.
- Local people doesn't know English so it will be very much difficult to communicate for a Non-Tamil Speaker like me. So, using sign language will be helpful. P.S. : People working in hospitality industry in Sri Lanka know English very well.
- Sri Lanka currency becomes double in conversion of INR, so enjoy your trip at the extreme.
- It is advisable to buy 1.5 L water bottle per person instead of buying 500 ml water bottle. It will cost less.
- South Indian food will also be available but it is better to try local cuisine. Kotthu dish is very ultimate.
- If you are travelling alone, always take care of your luggage for obvious reasons.
- Always prefer govt. buses to travel instead of private because they run fast and have less stopages.
- Must try sweets from Ratnayake Bakery in Kandy city. They are worth it.
- Always take Visiting Card of your accommodation while traveling that will help you to communicate with Non-English Speakers over there.
- Usually, markets close around 7-8 pm over there so try to get back at your accommodation at the respective time.
- Police is also co-operative with tourists (I guess).
- Don't try to involve in any controversial issues over there else you won't be able to justify yourself due to language barrier. Just be in yourself.
- Also, I didn't visit to any beaches over there so, no experiences regarding that.
- Train ride must try over there then you will see the real beauty of Sri Lanka.
- Local people are very friendly and always interested to help tourists at their best possible level.
- Also exchange your currency at Airport only otherwise you will probably get duplicate currency outside at some place. I exchanged with Thomas Cook at the airport. They were good.
- Demand for some small denominations currency as well for travelling in public transport and for other small expenses.
- They won't accept INR for conversion, so better take USD or Euro with you for conversion otherwise you will stuck at the airport only.
- Weather is pleasant at hill stations so take some warm clothes as well.
At the end, Sri Lanka is a worth visiting country which has some thing for every one :)