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Things To Avoid While Travelling To Sri Lanka

Blessed with world-class beaches, spectacular natural beauty, fascinating diversity of wildlife, rich marine life, and a rich cultural heritage influenced by its colonial past and native traditions, Sri Lanka makes for a very interesting vacation destination.

Sri Lankans are friendly and relaxed people on the whole. However like with every new place that one visits, there are some social norms and etiquettes in Sri Lanka too, that visitors are expected to follow.

We help you avoid these travel mistakes to enjoy a wonderful vacation and bring back pleasant memories of your trip to the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’.


Do Not Disrespect Buddhism     

Sri Lanka is a predominantly Buddhist country with around 70% Sinhalese practising the religion. You are expected to be respectful of their customs and traditions, especially when visiting Buddhist temples and shrines. Make sure you don’t commit these religious faux pas when travelling in Sri Lanka:

  • If you meet or pass by a monk, avoid trying to shake hands with them or touch them. Monks are highly revered spiritual leaders and held in high esteem.
  • When taking selfies with any of the magnificent Buddha statues that you are sure to come across, make sure you always face the Buddha. It is considered disrespectful to turn your back to a Buddha statue.    
  • Avoid wearing T-shirts or clothing with religious prints or symbols. The same goes for tattoos of religious symbols on your body. If you have any, better to cover up.

No Comparisons

It is easy to compare Sri Lanka with its geographically nearest neighbour India. Whether it is the food, language, culture or religion, you may find a lot of overlap between the two countries as you go about exploring Sri Lanka. Just make sure you do not bring this up conversationally with the locals. The Sinhalese are very proud of their distinct cultural identity and dislike any comparisons. Moreover once you look beyond the surface similarities, you will actually notice that Sri Lanka is truly unique in every aspect.   

Be A Responsible Eco Tourist

Sri Lanka has two marine parks and many national parks and forest reserves that are home to innumerable species of animals, birds and marine life. If you are going on a wildlife safari, scuba diving and snorkelling among coral reefs, or on a whale-watching tour, remember to be mindful of the do’s and don’ts that need to followed so as not to endanger yourself or cause any harm to the environment.  

Playing by the rules can save you a lot of hassle when visiting a foreign country. You can also get hold of a Sri Lanka Travel Guide for more travel tips.

Something else that can also save you a lot of hassle on your vacation is Travel Insurance for Sri Lanka. This is as important as getting your Sri Lanka Visa. You can check out international travel insurance policies online and buy one that meets your requirements. 

And while you are in Sri Lanka do savour some of the delicious local cuisine. Click here to know more about the food culture of Sri Lanka.