A traveler's guide to Sri Lanka: How to get around the city

As travelers travel around the world with anything but their own business, the world becomes a safe haven for those who want to explore the world all by themselves. Sri Lanka is also one of the countries that are much safer and offer different places to discover. The country is predominantly a Buddhist country and can also remind you of places in its neighboring India.

As the country boasts of ancient civilization and heritage, it has its own culture that requires you to wear conservatively and appropriately. The locals are friendly, respectful and helpful and they will be more than happy to suggest you nice hotels to live and restaurants to have delicious food.

With crumbling temples, ruins and sacred Buddhist places, Sri Lanka is also the best place in the world to have coconut cakes and banana fries drenched in generous amount of honey on a road side food joint. A standing testimony of ancient civilizations, this is the country where Chinese dynasties put their feet together with their first capitals.

A home for incredibly designed tasks, Sri Lanka is a country that supports massive artistic and architectural efforts.

A country with 3000 years of history and eight UNESCO World Heritage sites was previously known as Ceylon. Despite reported political turmoil and civil war it is a country that dazzle and never interferes to seduce you. Sigiriya, Kandy, Yapahuwa, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Buduruwagala and Anuradhapura are the oldest towns in the country.


Not only temples, but the country also has lots of beaches and waterfalls that lure the globetrotter. Negombo beach located in the north of Colombo is also known as the commercial city of Sri Lanka. Its former successors – Dutch, Portuguese and British have left a legacy as various remarkable colonial architectures and Dutch canals, making Negombo an interesting place that is busy with various activities.

Take a day to Sigiriya, near Dambulla, also known as Lion's Rock. The stone party is located in the Matale district of Sri Lanka. Climb the iconic stairs that endured the harsh weather conditions, but still pride. Slip past the intense horny nest to reach the top of the oldest remaining place built in the 5th century. Walk into a mythical world of legendary tales as you rise to the top of the citadel.

Your expedition to explore the country remains incomplete if you are not going to visit the Kandy Dental Relay Temple. Nestled in the midst of the peaceful oasis of tea plantations, its unpredictable architecture in the lake reflects. The temple is sacred to the locals as it has a tooth that is absorbed in a cascade belonging to Lord Buddha. Locals and tourists gather in the evening to offer prayers and eat food. There are other important temples that are a must visit for every tourist. Gangaramaya Temple, Vajiramaya Temple, Raja Maha Vihara Temple, Isipathanaramaya Temple, Koneswaram Temple, Kandaswamy Temple and Murugan Temple to name the few.


Sri Lanka is no less than a natural beauty. Those who would like to see the day passing by on the beach or want to indulge in various sports activities, there are plenty of beaches in the country that you can visit. Unawatuna, one of the best beaches in the country, is famous for its calm and blue waters. You can also spot a whale shark if your day is your lucky day.

Go to Bentota if you are looking for a complete beach holiday! The beach has various good resorts that specialize in authentic Ayurveda spa and medicine centers. Perfect for those who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, the beach is an ideal escape.

Mirissa joins people from all over the world. Famous for its views of aquatic animals in its natural habitat, it is ideal for both ecological purposes and vacation. If you want to see the place dolphins and whales visit the place in December. There are many centers that also offer different Ayurveda treatments. To stay in plush resorts, Dickwella is the beach to go. This is one of the best secluded Sri Lanka beaches, offering serendipity.


The country has a number of national parks that are home to different species. Depending on the city and the place where you live, you can visit these national parks to enjoy the animal's natural habitat in nature. Yala National Park has about 40 reptiles and animals and for over 200 species of birds. Those who love birdwatching can go to Bundala National Park or join the Uda Walawe National Park, while the Sinharaja Forest Reserve is home to some of the rare bird species.


A week is enough if your purpose of visiting the country is a beach holiday that combines it with Kandy. For a few weeks itinerary where you will explore the main attractions and UNESCO places, spend 3 nights in Galle, 2 in Rekawa, 3 in Tissa, 3 in Kandy and then 3 in Bentota.

How to view a visa

Like any other country, Sri Lanka also required its visitors to have a valid visa permit. Although the process is not so complicated for this country, you can simply fill out an ETA application online form to Sri Lanka with personal information. After the verification process, you can simply receive online Sri Lanka ETA via your email. A tourist visa allows for double entry and valid for 30 days.


You can book a cab from the airport, which is a very simple, easy, reliable and safe service for all tourists, especially women's travelers. Or you can hop on a bus that runs to Colombo City Center, which costs approx. 150 LKR and allows 2 pieces of luggage. For another place, take a taxi. A cab to Negombo Beach will take 30 minutes and cost around 862 LKR. For Bentota, Galle or Kandy the price is approx. 4500 LKR.

Source by Nupur Tewary