17 Sep Misconceptions About Travelling in Sri Lanka
The world is more connected than it’s ever been, which has its pros and cons. On the one hand, we can travel to almost every corner of the globe, exploring areas we could previously only have dreamed of. On the other hand, we’re also exposed to stories (often biased) from all over the world, which can give us an inaccurate idea of what a country is really like.
One of the places that many people have misconceptions about is Sri Lanka, with many believing that the country is unsafe for tourists and that there isn’t much to do there. If you’ve taken this country off your list of places to travel to, here’s why you should reconsider.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
When you’re travelling solo, going to a country that is safe is on the top of your list of priorities. Sri Lanka is one of the safest countries you can visit. At the 2018 Women’s Safe Travel Experience Summit, Sri Lanka was named the safest country to visit for women, ahead of nations like New Zealand and Switzerland. Also, the government has allocated Rs30 million for creating visible tourist police patrol units, ensuring that popular hotspots favoured by travellers have a visible police presence.
It’s no surprise then that tourism to Sri Lanka is up 15.3 per cent compared with this time last year.
ADVENTURE AND CLUBBING
Some people seek tranquillity on holiday, while others look forward to partying, action and adventure. Many people see Sri Lanka as a spiritual country and assume that it’s a great place to visit if you want to explore its many temples and religious attractions. While you will find them if that’s what you’re after, there is also an exciting nightlife scene to enjoy. The country is working to relax its alcohol laws and allow more nightclubs and bars in tourist areas.
Another fact many people are unaware of is that kayaking, paddling and surf-skiing are popular sports in Sri Lanka, with many residents competing in and winning international competitions. In light of this, the country is looking to expand its adventure tourism to include more water sports, trekking, hiking and parachuting activities.
Don’t let misconceptions of a country hold you back. You could miss out on a trip of a lifetime, and it could happen in Sri Lanka.