Heat and humidityEven in December - January daytime temperatures can be high and after a long flight it can be very trying.
You may sometimes be overwhelmed by crowds of people in public places (railway stations, markets, bus stands,temples or simply busy streets). "Touts" and hawkers may jostle and push and clamour to show you a hotel and sellyou things. Taxis and three - wheelers are often there when you don't want them, much less when you do. It is best toremain calm and accept this as a part of south Asian life.
In general the threats to personal security for travelers in Sri Lanka are remarkably small. However, both men andwomen traveling alone have occasionally reported harassment so it is more pleasant to travel with a companion. Thefar North and most of the East of Sri Lanka have been subject to political violence and civil war and are not accessibleto visitors. The rest of the island is still a very safe place to visit. Thefts do sometimes occur. It is essential to takegood care of personal valuables when you are carrying them, and when you have to leave them anywhere. It is bestto keep your passport, TCs and valuables with you at all times. as many hotels don't accept liability for valuables leftin safe deposit boxes. Keep a record of vital documents (e.g. passport details, TC number). If you have anythingstolen, report it to the police as soon as possible.
Compared with many other countries it is relatively easy and safe for women to travel around Sri Lanka, even on their own, though most people find it an advantage to travel with at least one companion. On the beaches and touristcenters, some women have experienced harassment form local men. By taking some simple precautions you canavoid both personal harassment and giving offence.
Where To Stay
Sri Lanka has a wide range of accommodation in the popular beach resorts though the choice diminishes as youmove to less popular beaches and inland towns. You will find luxurious 5-star resort hotels in superb beach locationsor clean, comfortable and safe mid-price hotels and family guest houses which are excellent value, or very cheapsimple rooms if you are traveling on a shoe string or aim to stay several weeks.In the peak season (mid-January and during Easter) bookings can be heavy so it is best to reserve accommodationwell in advance, which you can do by fax either from abroad or in Sri Lanka itself. However, and always try to arrive aspossible in the day, or your reservation may be cancelled.
Food And Drink
Most visitors are surprised - and often delighted - at the enormous variety of delicious food available in Colombo, thebeach resorts and the hill stations. You can usually choose freshly prepared seafood delicacies along the cost andtraditional Sri Lankan And Indian dishes as well as Continental, Chinese and sometimes even Thai and Japaneseoptions. Rice and curry are the staple main course, while hoppers, String hoppers are Sri Lankan specialties. Thedesserts, often made from rice and coconut, can be excessively sweet, though local palm treacle ladled over freshbuffalo milk curd can be quite delicious.Please note: Vegetarian food is much less common in Sri Lanka than in India and can be difficult to get in places.A wide variety of delicious tropical fruit grows throughout the year, pineapple, papaya and banana being particularlygood.
Sri Lankan tea is prepared as in the West and coffee too. There are a huge variety of bottled soft drinks, including