🇱🇰 Sri Lanka Travel Guide 🇱🇰 | Travel better in SRI LANKA!

Welcome to Sri Lanka! This island off the coast of India has long
been on my bucket-list for loads of reasons, like having the best safari outside of Africa,
boasting eight UNESCO World Heritage sites to explore, and lots of lovely, gorgeous beaches
complete with idyllic white sand and crystal clear water that’s perfect for surfing. In fact, for an island about a ¼ of the size
of the UK, there’s loads to see and do, depending, of course, on what you want out of your
trip. Coming up, I’m going to tell you about getting
here, some tips on transport, then some stuff on food, money and language and some awesome
places to visit. So, let’s get on with it… We flew 10 hours direct from Heathrow to Colombo,
which is Sri Lanka’s capital city. Flights arrive at Bandaranaike International airport,
which is 30km north of the city. Taxis are very cheap in Sri Lanka, and this
can be the easiest, and certainly quickest way to reach your destination from the airport.
If you’re heading straight into Colombo you can catch the express bus which takes
about 25 minutes, but to be honest the taxis are so cheap it’s a no-brainer. To enter the country, you’re gonna need
a visa. Now this can be done when you get here, but, after ten hours in the air ..why
bother with the extra admin!? Get it done before you leave. Applications
cost $35 and take around 24 hours to process. Also, you’re gonna need to make sure that
your vaccinations are up to date, like your tetanus and typhoid. Check with your GP beforehand. What do you need to know about public transport
in Sri Lanka? Well, in all honesty, quite a bit… Public transport conditions aren’t great,
but are popular with locals as it’s very cheap Buses tend to leave when they’re full, so
for anyone on a schedule we’d give them a miss.
Also, trains are often slower and less efficient than simply getting a taxi.
My advice: take anything described as luxury or express with a generous pinch of salt. The key thing in Sri Lanka is that your money
goes a long way, for example our two-hour taxi  from Colombo to Unawatuna cost 9000
rupees, which is actually about 40 quid, so for this reason we made the most of getting around
with private car hire and tuk-tuks. Hiring a driver to chauffeur you around is
surprisingly affordable and, let’s face it, way more luxurious! It’s also a big timesaver
which is a massive a bonus. The roads are in surprisingly good condition.. ..just watch out for the tourists, the cyclists,
the buffalo, stray dogs, and massive lizards they all make it a little hair-raising at
times. We used Uber to navigate Colombo and Red Cabs
for everywhere else. Failing that you could always haggle for a
tuk tuk, which are ideal for quick journeys. There are a couple of things you need to know
before you start off. Number 1 always agree the price before settings off and number 2
be direct about where you want to go, don’t settle for any detours or any other places
they might want to take you. Anyway, up next, here are some of my favourite
things to do in Sri Lanka. Unawatuna is loved by locals and tourists
alike, and with palm trees, white sands and blue waters, it’s easy to see why it’s one
of Sri Lanka’s most popular beaches. Right behind the beach is a small shopping
strip for souvenirs and restaurants… … And Ladies, going topless on the beach
is a definite no-no, and if you’re a couple, make the P in PDA stand for PRIVATE, not PUBLIC. OK, Newsflash!!! Sri Lanka has the best safari
outside of Africa since the country has one of the highest rates of indigenous plants
and animals in the world. Udawalawe National Park is a personal highlight of mine and home
to some 200 different species. If you’re looking for Elephants it’s the best
place to see wild ones, especially early in the morning and later afternoon when they’re
avoiding the midday heat. If you’re looking for stunning views, and
clichés about breathtaking scenery, take a look at this… Ella is gorgeous – really take the time
to explore the area’s natural beauty and ample vista points. Of course no trip to Ella would be complete
without stopping by 9 arches bridge for a selfie!!  As you can see, the train, is super
loud!! We took the iconic 6 hour train journey from
Ella to Kandy, and since we’ve already established that you don’t get trains for speed and convenience,
it’s all about the views… Fares are really cheap and upgrading to first
class, with allocated seating and ceiling fans, genuinely won’t make a impact on even
the most stringent of budgets, just bear in mind that tickets can only be purchased on
the day of travel, so arrive early to avoid disappointment. … Remember what I said earlier about having
realistic expectations? Well… at one point we passed through a storm and our first class
carriage leaked. Bear in mind that Sri Lanka has a tropical climate and this rain lasted for
HOURS. Our seats and bags were soaked… So yeah, the trains aren’t comfortable but they’re
certainly an experience. When you get to Kandy visit Sri Dalada Maligawa,
or The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. It’s a beautiful, sacred temple that houses a tooth
which belonged to the Buddha! To enter the site, you’ll need to cover up appropriately
and remove your shoes. Dambulla is most famous for its epic rock
cave temple which is filled with huge Buddha statues. Here’s some stuff you need to know
about visiting this important holy place… Posing for pictures with the Buddha is frowned
upon because it’s custom never to have your back to him. As with all temples, Buddhist
or Hindu, guests must be appropriately dressed – take off your shoes and any headgear and
make sure that legs and shoulders are covered. If in doubt, follow the locals and do what
they do. Speaking of locals, these cheeky chaps will
swipe even the most well-hidden snack, so don’t leave your bag unattended. Also in Dambulla is Sigiriya, it’s an ancient
temple at the top of a mountain carved out of the bedrock. It’s also called Lion Rock
because of the giant paws that guard the entrance way. Now if tourists aren’t your thing, and
let’s face it, they can be quite annoying, you might want to check this out instead… Pidurangala; It’s less well known but offers
stunning views of the main attraction. It’s also significantly cheaper at 500 rupees,
rather than the 7,500 at Sigiriya, though we’ll say the climb is definitely not for
the faint-hearted. Go around 4:30 in the afternoon and make it for sunset. Polonnaruwa is divided in two parts: the new
and the old, and it’s the old town which is made up of the ancient ruins of the royal
city, which put me in mind of a Sri Lankan equivalent to the Roman Forum in Italy. It’s a great place to pretend to be Lara Croft
and spend the day exploring the hundreds of ancient tombs, temples and statues. This is colombo, what you need to know is
it’s big and it’s busy. There’s lots to see and do here but what’s great about
it is you can start spending on your card, there’s uber to get around and there’s fast
food restaurants that you might recognise from home. Fast-food isn’t for everyone, so for something
more authentic, this stop-over city is the perfect place to sample traditional Sri Lankan
cuisine. Mmm… they’re really good. Food is always a big appeal to my travels,
and there’s plenty of it here in Sri Lanka, with my personal highlight being egg hoppers
and a side of breathtaking view in Ella. Another delight was the street food in Kandy… So I’m here in a very noisy Kandy, just
bought some street food from the market. Got a really long journey later so I’m gonna
snack on these on the way up, but I couldn’t resist having a bite of this vegetable roll,
it’s really good. I met up with my friend Isuru to try some
of his favourites… And this here is Dhal and then Pol Sambol which
is made out of of coconut scrapes, a bit of lemon in it and some green chillies. So this
is like the authentic Sri Lankan way, not made for you, so be careful! It’ll be spicy! If you just show this to a Sri Lankan person
as this, this will be like Sri Lankan breakfast. Oh, ok. Ah you’re having breakfast. So breakfast. But yeah, the more you add, like more items
you add, the more you add like white rice it could be like your lunch. Ok, so the meals get bigger as the day goes
on. Yeah, yeah. Wow. We talked more about food and then Isuru taught
me how to eat like a real Sri Lankan. Like lower than this point, you shouldn’t
touch food. So it’s like mostly you touch from the top, yeah fingertips. My mother always
like, you know, shouted at me if I, if I put food like… Dirty hands! Yeah dirty hands. So that’s, that’s the
only rule that is given by parents. So other than that you can mix and match anything… Ok. …and eat it. Does it matter what hand you use, I’m right
handed? So mostly, like people eat from right hand. Like shake you hand? Yeah. So right hand is good as your eating
hand as well, yeah. Ok. That was really good. Mmm! It’s really spicy,
it’s really tasty. It’s really spicy and that’s one reason
that I love it because I love spicy food. Yeah it’s delicious! Shall we carry on, but we’re gonna catch
up in a little while to talk about some language. Yeah! So we’re gonna carry on eating and I’ll
see you in a bit. We do have two main languages which are Sinhalese
and Tamil. Sinhalese and Tamil. Yeah Sinhalese is the most spoken language
in Sri Lanka. Karunakara is like please. Karunakara. But yeah, but you can use please also. Please! But then, thank you is a very nice thing to
say all the time, so, stutiyi. Stutiyi. Yeah, stutiyi. Stutiyi. Yeah, you can make anyone happy by saying
stutiyi. I’ll remember that! Yeah, stutiyi! And then as in any country, we also do have
a welcome phrase, which is called ayubuvan. Ayubuvan. Ayubuvan and when you say ayubuvan, you should
like put your hands together and say ayubuvan like with a little bow. Ok. Yeah. So, ayubuvan. Ayubuvan is like even, there are images in
the airport and like many other places with this sign which usually means ayubuvan or
welcome. Ok. Yeah. Ok. And also, say, you know, mostly when a guy
see’s another guy, you know there’s this like phrase that we use called machang. Machang. Yeah. Machang. So, you can also say it like ‘Hey machang’. ‘Hey machang’. So you get into a tuk-tuk, you say hi and
then there’s the tuk-tuk driver in front and you’re in the back and then you want
to go straight first. Ok. So, you say kelin yanna. Kelin yanna. Perfect! Kelin yanna. So left please would be like vamata and dakunata. Dakunata. Yeah dakunata is to your right. To your right. Yeah, vamata and dakunata. And then you can say also navatvanna. Navatanna
is like stop. But that’s longer… Ok. …So if you just say like ‘Oh, oh’. Oh… oh. That’s stop… stop. And how do I say goodbye? It’s usually bye, but we say see you again
would be nævata hamuvemu. nævata hamuvemu. Yeah. So, on that note, stutiyi… Stutiyi. …And nævata hamuvemu. Yeah, nævata hamuvemu. There we go. Thank very much, thank you! Fortunately, English is widely spoken and
will be used in most public or commercial environments. Thanks again Isuru for you help… Now let’s
talk money. The currency here is the Sri Lankan rupee.
It’s a closed currency, which means you can only get money when you’re here. Now
you’ll have to change it up but if you’ve got Scottish or Irish pound notes, they won’t be accepted so bear that in mind. One thing to remember is that cash is much
more useful than your bank card, particularly when you’re in more rural areas. So here’s a breakdown of what we spent: Return flights with Sri Lankan Airways cost
£468 per person Worldwide travel insurance with Holiday Extras
cost £16 3 hours in the No1 Lounge Heathrow, also with
(you guessed it) Holiday Extras, cost £32 each
a guest room in Dambulla cost £40 per night This street food in Kandy was 145 rupees (that’s
about 66p!) This authentic Sri Lankan curry was 400 rupees
One and half litres of bottled water costs around 95 rupees. And while talking water,
the bottle must be sealed and definitely don’t drink from the tap
Entrance to the Cave Temple in Dambulla 1500 rupees
Elephant safari at Udawalawe National Park was 17000 rupees each Donations, when visiting free religious sites
we’d suggest 500 rupees If you’re planning to spend your remaining
rupees in duty free, bear in mind that they only accept American Dollars, so make sure
you change them up before going through security. For up to date exchange rates you can check
xe.com or download their app, and as our time in Sri Lanka comes to a close make sure to
subscribe for more awesome travel guides. So that’s it for Sri Lanka. I have had an
amazing time. We’ve explored the country, we’ve gone on safari and seen wild elephants,
I’ve eaten far too much food and I’m now gonna go home and tell all of my friends and
family to do just come and do the same. Anyway, on that note, I’m gonna go and I’ll
see you next time. Bye bye!

100 Replies to “🇱🇰 Sri Lanka Travel Guide 🇱🇰 | Travel better in SRI LANKA!

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  2. You forgot to mention Anuradhapura. The first capital of the country. One of the main destinations for tourists

  3. your video is beautiful my country is wold number 01 can't waiting need go home thanks for visiting my country guys

  4. Dude get a scooter! It's much easier and your are more free and can explore more. 9000 Rupien for 2hours ride its too much! And there is an app called pickme much better then ever time have a discussion with the tuk tuk driver about the price!

  5. Great video! Myself and my gf are looking to do a month travel either Philippines or Sri Lanka, what would you say would be better for money??

  6. Dude such a clean and informative guide! First time visitor to your page! Hooked man love it, good work! 🤙🏻

  7. Its a great video but I felt that you almost discouraged people that might want to visit Sigiriya. This is a big misconception as I know for a fact that Tourists are climbing pidurangala instead of Sigiriya because its cheap and of course a nice photo for the gram. Sigiriya should be the priority; its a incredible and mind boggling man made structure, the 8th wonder of the world and you are not seeing it because its about 20 quid to get in and the tourists are “annoying”?. I dont get it.


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  10. Great video. Best for transportation is an app called 'Pickme'. There is no bargaining, cheating, etc. Set price.

  11. i like this Travel guide..nice one 🙂

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  12. i like this Travel guide..nice one 🙂

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  13. This holiday looks amazing! My partner and I were there over this Easter break … Safe to say we will need to come back to experience Sri Lanka properly. https://youtu.be/_QK47jmVNpM

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  15. Im Christian, I refused to go into those temples In Kandy. Giving reverence to fake gods is a sin for me so I didn't do it. Shoe removal is the same as bowing, and no man should ever bow to anyone other than God.

  16. It’s nice video , but how much all in did u carry with u the cash ? Including the luxury hotels ? What about nuwara eliya ?

  17. Great video and travel guide! thanks!. Just a question, how many days did you spend visiting the sites that you mentioned in the video?

  18. "Ayubowan" cannot be referred to the word "Hello" in any way. cus "Ayubowan" has a very deep meaning. "Ayu" means the time you may live and "Bo" means a lot or long and "Wan" means like "be like" . all together it means "wish You may live longer than expected". So now you know it's not like just saying hello to someone. it's a wish and in my point of view the greatest of all the wishes.

  19. Uber works only in Colombo, Kandy and Galle. But Pickme and Taxime covers many cities. So if you wish to visit, install these apps.

  20. 3:37 200 different species? im guessing ur just talking about only the mammals here….total diferent species maybe 200, 000

  21. real colloquial speech is different from above, as below:
    Hello/how are you? = kohomada
    Mate = machang/bung
    Stop= howw howw howw
    See u later = gihilla ennan. ennan. kapennada? dismiss wennada?

  22. Most beautiful hotels in Sri lanka


  23. You are a luky person if you have ever been to Sri Lanka.
    #Lovely Srilanka with plenty of beautiful sceneries#

  24. You f an idiot foreigner How you welcome?
    Buddhist religion is evils
    Singles people traditional dance are devils
    No people wants evils. & eradicate them

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