Sri Lanka

South Asia has always been a favoured destination among UK tourists. However, most limit their visits to India. It's time to explore other places and learn more about the region. Sri Lanka is a good start with its beautiful sites and rich cultural heritage. It is a much smaller island to the south of India. The tropical weather means that rain should be expected at any time of the year. However, it is usually hot and sunny in the country. English is commonly used in the former British colony, particularly in the capital of Colombo. Stick to the tourist areas and you should have no trouble communicating with the locals.


Getting into Sri Lanka


British travellers should complete an electronic travel authorisation process then procure a visa upon arrival. This ETA will be valid for 3 months and allows for two entries. The visa is good for 30 days but may be extended up to 90 days. Note that having religious tattoos may be used as grounds for deportation. Smoking is prohibited in public places. There are also strict rules about posing with Buddha statues. Once there, you could hire taxis and tuk-tuks to get around. You may also rent a car or tuk-tuk and drive on your own. If you don't know how to drive yet, then take driving lessons in worcester.

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Driving Around


It can be tricky driving around a foreign country for the first time. Sri Lanka's traffic tends to be dense in the cities but is more manageable in the rural areas. While this can be risky, it can also save you a lot of money. Foreigners are often overcharged for services, especially since not all taxis are metered. Find a trustworthy driver to show you the ropes. Travelers may try to hire taxis and get familiar with the area in the first few days before taking the wheel themselves. Observe the attitude of the local motorists and go with the flow.


Self-drive Tuk-Tuk Hire


These three-wheeled vehicles are everywhere in Sri Lanka. If you would like to have an authentic experience, then hiring one is not a bad idea. Many travellers have struck deals with locals to let them use the vehicles during their stay. However, there are some concerns about insurance and licensing. It is best to coordinate with trusted businesses that can arrange the rental for you, as well as clear up all other issues so that you don't get into trouble. Look for 24-hour support in case of breakdowns and insist on comprehensive insurance coverage for your peace of mind.


Rented Cars


Of course, you can also go the conventional route and rent a regular car. Most hotels should be able to help you find a good rental service provider. Some of them come with their own drivers while others can be driven by the client. The drivers can double as guides, sharing their knowledge of local history and culture. They can also recommend places to visit and assist in other concerns. If you plan to drive yourself, then make sure that you have an international license. Get this validated in Sri Lanka before using it.