What To Do In Sri Lanka

View a Map of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, is in Southern Asia. It is an island country in the Indian Ocean, south of India. Sri Lanka's lengthy and bloody civil war was ended in May 2009, when the Sri Lankan army finally defeated the rebel group Tamil Tigers. However, Some areas in northern Sri Lanka may contain land mines, and the facilities in northern (and some parts of east) cities and towns are war torn. Sri Lanka Army is currently engaged in rapidly clearing landmines laid out by LTTE terrorists.

Bombings and assassinations were a firm part of the Tigers' repertoire, and there is heavy security in all sensitive locations. While the separatists have never targeted tourists and none have ever been killed, a few have been wounded by terrorist actions. In general, though, traffic accidents should be a greater concern than terrorism.

It is customary to remove shoes and wear respectful attire (i.e. no miniskirts, tank tops, short pants etc.) when visiting temples. It is also the custom to remove shoes before entering a home, though this is not as strictly followed as in places such as Japan.

Never touch or pat the top of the head of Buddhist monks, including children who practice at a temple. Do not turn your back to (or be alongside) a Buddha statue when within a reasonable distance (observe what others are doing). This includes posing for photos. It's OK to photograph a statue, but all persons should be facing it.

Public nudity is illegal in Sri Lanka - nude/topless sunbathing and skinny dipping should be avoided, except in the private beach resorts which allow it.


What To Do In Sri Lanka

Top Group Trips in Sri Lanka

The Dream Starts Here. Be a part of it.

What To Do In Sri Lanka
I'm a 32 yr old ex-paper pusher who caught the travel bug in 2008 and have since not been able to fully return to normal everyd... more

RTW

What To Do In Sri Lanka
Tentative to change. Probably will include working, volunteering overseas. more

80 months

What To Do In Sri Lanka
sleeper to london- 19-49 london-dover- 40 ferry calais -15 calais- france- Town Hall/Musee de la Dentelle/The Burghers of ... more

Top Group Trips in Greater Asia

The Dream Starts Here. Be a part of it.

What To Do In Sri Lanka
I'm a 32 yr old ex-paper pusher who caught the travel bug in 2008 and have since not been able to fully return to normal everyd... more

RTW

What To Do In Sri Lanka
Tentative to change. Probably will include working, volunteering overseas. more

EUROPE and BEYOND!

What To Do In Sri Lanka
The plan: Walk from one place to another, no time limit, no set route, take local advise and hit the road, Living off the land... more

Travel Everywhere

What To Do In Sri Lanka
I want to travel all over the world for the rest of my life,I am 100% sure this is what I feel I want to do, but I can't do it ... more

Travel around the world indefinitely

What To Do In Sri Lanka
I'm a foodie / programmer / amateur photographer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I'm currently traveling around the world while wo... more

Backpacking around the world with a few money, open a blog, learning Permaculture and ecologic projects

What To Do In Sri Lanka
My idea is to start the trip wit a very little budget, find projects in every country (using workaway.info) and open a blog sho... more

Slow travel around the world

What To Do In Sri Lanka
Slow travel, working/volunteeering and visiting off the beaten path destinations. Interested especially in history, traditions,... more

Vital Stats

Region Info Greater Asia
Population 3,230.3 million
Highest Altitude 8,848 m
Mount Everest, Nepal 29,029 ft
Lowest Altitude -154 m
Aydingkol Lake, China -505 ft
Lowest Temperature -52.3 °C
Mohe County, China (1969) -62.1 °F
Highest Temperature 40.9 °C
Kumagaya, Japan (2007) 105.6 °F

Travel Trivia

Which country has the most tourist arrivals?

Trivia: Which country has the most tourist arrivals?

  •  
  •  
  •