Sri Lanka Travel Guide 2019 🇱🇰 | 3 WEEK TUK TUK ADVENTURE

where should I go how do I get around what's the food like do I eat it with my hands to tip or not to tip these are probably the questions that are going through your head in trying to plan a trip to Sri Lanka I gotcha [Music] hi and welcome to my channel my name is Megan and in today's video I'm going to be sharing some read week trip around sri lanka in March of 2019 now Sri Lanka has something for every kind of traveler from the mountains to the beaches to crazy wildlife to some of the best food in Asia you're probably wondering how you can enjoy it all and where you should be spending your time let me know in the comments what you're most excited for and without further ado left skins planning we spent three weeks traveling a pretty typical tourist route that took us along the southern coast before heading up north into the mountains with some of the famous hiking spots like Ella Rock Adams peak and of course lion rock in Bamboula I'll take you through in detail all the highlights and include some of the lesser-known tourist attractions that you have to put on your itinerary I was asked to show both my ETA as well as proof of departure from Sri Lanka before I was allowed to board my plane to the country Rick and I both applied for our online eta of a few days prior to traveling to Sri Lanka the process took five minutes it gives us 30 days on arrival and cost 35 US dollars we received a confirmation within 24 hours the government is offering six months visa free on arrival for many passport holders around the world so it wasn't an option for us back in March but it may be an option for you your trip is probably going to start and ends in the gumbo the main airport even though your ticket probably serves Colombo it's actually about 45 minutes outside of the city we took an uber and it cost us only $10 you're going to want to pick up a local SIM card and a data plan from the airport I recommend using one of the two largest providers which would be mobile and dialogue for the best coverage we went with MOBA tile and for $10 I had 4G coverage around the entire country for the three weeks with the exception of when we were in transit essentially in the middle of nowhere it was fast it was reliable it was also great for hot spotting considering that even though many of the guest houses and hotels are going to offer Wi-Fi it's not very good don't dismiss Colombo too quickly it's worth spending a few days at the beginning or end of your trip to walk the clean beachfront explore the city and enjoy some epic seafood in the trendy fort neighborhood from Colombo we made our way south to Hikkaduwa which took about two hours by doctor if you watched my last video you'll know that I traveled with my friend Rick and we decided to resi tooktook and drive ourselves this is a thing in Sri Lanka so this is how our whole trip came together was finding out that we could actually book a tuk-tuk it driver behind the Sri Lanka adventure touch of great who does provide training when you pick up tip-top it's about two hours we we have an instructor one-on-one and you go around and you learn how to use all the functions of the top talk how to change the oil and a chip that everything's working I would suggest if you're looking at seriously doing this you at least know how to drive a manual car a diverse take that does help Rick had an international driver's license was used to driving standard and grew up driving on the wrong the left side of the road as there are many other options if you're not comfortable with renting your own vehicle it is an extensive train and bus system as I mentioned before Luba is very cheap there's also metered taxis available oh there is a bus schedule the buses generally just leave when they're full and you buy your ticket once you get on as for the trains you can get your tickets on the same day and if they tell you they're sold out that usually just means the seats are sold out and you can still get a second or third class ticket just know that you will be standing or if you are relying on local buses keep in mind that there are two different types the first is the CBT which is government owned and the second are privatized okay if you have the option take the red bus which is CBT as the other buses which are generally going to be white or blue or any other color but red they were driving was absolutely insane so you might get there faster but by going with the CBT red government bus I feel like your life has a better chance of not ending that's my biggest tends to always be constantly on miracle buses and get out of the way if you see them coming be big you're small they will win [Music] pick a doula is a small choice deep each tone but it's definitely worth a stop because right off the beach you can swim with wild turtles stay near Turtle Beach and aim for early morning to avoid the crowds also pro tip grab some kelp because the turtles will come right up and eat it from your hand [Music] just outside hekkador you'll want to stop at the tsunami photo Museum and the Gulf fort it's free to enter it's small and it basically talks about the devastation from the 2004 tsunami that hips to link up but the whole story is told through photos and quotes from the people that were affected definitely worth a stop I'll put the link for the information to that below we made a pit stop in gaol to visit one of Sri Lanka's many UNESCO heritage sites the Gulf fort it's an 18th century Dutch t'wall town that is totally worth a visit aim to go earlier in the morning it was so hot yes that little blue speck down there this is actual footage of me going into the ocean fully clothed it's hot we made our way to welly gamma where we spent three nights the whole town has this laid-back yoga vibe but the main attraction was the surfing $15 got Rick and I each 90 minutes with an instructor on the waves it was the best surf in either of us had ever done because the waves are so gentle and the break is so long in well a gamma you can get both international and Sri Lankan cuisine at inexpensive prices get the international Sri Lankan cuisine is where it's at there isn't much of a street food scene apart from co2 and then this chickpea mixture that has vegetables and coconut settings in it it's very good expect to be eating in restaurants most of the time and budget about $1 for breakfast and 3 to 5 dollars for lunch and dinner so you will be getting your food fresh and made to order the service can sometimes be a little bit slow and many restaurants close early even for dinner service which usually ends between 8:00 and 9:00 p.

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rodents from Ankara was really good I definitely raising a new try cotton wet raid was like different spices and check in and mace and that kind of thing it's a really popular dish you can get it anywhere and I recommend you try the rice and curry suits you see those an evening menu and obviously is normally one of the cheapest things on the menu but it's normally amazing you only have six or eight different dishes worth putting rice off with a huge amount of rice and different side things and yeah really good really ready shape often 10% is going to be added to the bottom of your restaurant bill but if you're going somewhere smaller they won't automatically add the charge however it's still expected that you will be tipping it is also expected that you will be tipping your private drivers hotel staff and tour operators expect to be paying cash for your food your transport even your accommodations most of the time take any opportunity you have to break those big bills as small change is hard to come by Sri Lanka has a closed currency which means that you won't be able to get any Sri Lankan rupees until you arrive in the country there are ATMs as well as currency converters and banks located all over the country so don't stress it too much The Australian's rates evie if it were very good so I want written in changing lots of money over there using US notes you can change out the currencies as well but the best rate is given for US dollars as we were leaving Rolla Gama we made a stop at a snake farm which I'm pretty sure with Rick's favorite thing from the entire experience you must must the person who runs less is more of a safe dachshund if someone's bitten by say he has the anti-venom to say best people so sir what the one that the communities like with doctor and he tells us to stand there this is in the middle of that was almost his backyard really we're like okay where's the show next one that he brings out this white Cobra extremely dangerous snake and puts a few meters from us so that the whole show and I like this for about an hour and just bring these different snakes out but do you mean that way it was to get a bigger mistake if you in that way you've been inside his house the picking up would not have been a mistake I wanna see you if you don't particularly like snakes it just makes very fun opportunities that's adult maybe a 25-minute drive north of Walla karma in the south after the snake farm we made a pit stop in big wellas to check out the co-working space rest collective while the Waya was cool the only problem was that there was pretty much no one there I feel like it'd be a very lonely work experience [Music] an absolute must do in Sri Lanka is safari we headed north to Yala National Park for $60 including your national pike entrance fee you can expect two to three hours of safari will you'll spot deer and peacock and birds probably some crocodile and most likely a few elephants and then out walks the leopard we chose to do a safari in Yala National Park because it has the highest density of leopards of anywhere in the world ok it was at that level I have never seen a leopard and they're in yellow National Park you have a decent chance of seeing them however it's still very rare so don't get your expectations too high but definitely be on the lookout [Music] from Yala National Park we continued our way up north to our gam Bay Drive to be 35 Road draw the beautiful food [Music] that was from yellow national party sort of North after Oregon Bay was through the National Park and it was very Safari light you can see lost wildlife and all of a sudden we casually came across an elephant just standing in the north of the road and you kind of drive past them which in itself made some great videos a really cool experience no traffic on that road if you're looking for a more relaxed climate area Aragon Bay was really great it was on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka it's sort of like a much more toned down here it compared to their West Coast where we have taken to lots of resorts tourists that kind of thing combination was really like well priced and the beach was still really great so wasn't surfing kind of conditions that's just a really cool place to just relax and spend a few days up driving their southern coast there isn't much of a nightlife scene in Sri Lanka while there was beer locally produced in the country many restaurants actually don't even serve any alcohol you can usually find it at convenience stores however arugam bay was exceptionally challenging there was one place on the whole town maybe because it was low season that sold alcohol it looked like this we packed up the tooktook and headed west to the laid-back mountain town ella ella is the perfect base to do two of the major hikes which would be Ella Rock and little adam's peak if you're not much of a hiker I recommend you do little adam's peak as it's a lot less strenuous and well Rick and I both think the view was better the route to Ella rock can be a little bit confusing and we actually had some locals trying to throw us off track by giving us wrong directions if you look it up this is the common scam because they want to confuse the tourists and then in return the tourists will buy their tour guide services this was the only time that Rick and I felt even the slightest bit scammed we'll look out for this if you're hiking la Rock but the Sri Lankan people are absolutely beautiful so if you ever have any questions or need directions don't hesitate to ask it'll lead to some great conversations and most of them speak English which which is very helpful to so we're spoiled in Sri Lanka's tours before leaving Ella make sure you also take a stop at the nine arches bridge you can find train times online as the bridge is still in use and it's pretty cool to see the train go by we headed west to hike the real adam's peak also known as sweet pata yep you heard that right little adam's peak and adam's peak are two completely different climbs located in two completely different towns climbing adam's peak is a pilgrimage and it's popular for both sri lankans and tourists the typical climb is started in the middle of the night so that you reach the peak for sunrise you must climb overnight you must get up at 2 a.

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and hike through the night to see the sunrise and speaking become sure that's amazing but what I pretty much saw no way online was that you were absolutely fine to hide from those height as well we did not hike it at 2 a.

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because while Rick and I are lazy bums a few not enough hype overnight and there is definitely an option and it was still really good definitely make sure that's early in the morning no I named at the latest and the reason for that is because as divers on cloud kind of rolls and into obscure views after you climb those 5, 500 steps you need to have your shoulders and your knees covered if you want to actually get to the viewpoint I got to the top I was told I couldn't enter and I was sure that was bad they brought me a sheet to cover my shoulders and my knees with I was the only one in a sheet [Music] while it's pretty hot and humid around most of the country she likens dress relatively conservatively but I would personally be more comfortable in my Sunday best walking around town than I would in athletic gear Sri Lankans take pride in their appearance and they dress well so yes ladies it's fine to be in a bikini if you're on the beach however make sure that you're at least carrying a wrap with you so you can cover your shoulders and your knees as you do get up onto the roads or of course in any sacred area as their temples Oh another tip for you ladies is that tampons can be a little bit more challenging to find outside of pharmacies so plan ahead and if you are traveling as a couple keep PDA to a minimum really for 4000 rupees we stayed at the White Castle and it was so nice to come back to after hiking Adams peak and have hot water and electricity available to us you can expect to pay between 3, 000 and 5, 000 rupees for a standard double budget room with AC regardless of where you are in the country if you're a solo traveler and you're looking for a hostel bed there aren't as many options available as most of Southeast Asia but you can still find a bed for between 8 and 12 dollars so if your as a couple and you're able to share the costs on a budget room you are definitely getting much better value we never had any trouble finding accommodation and would often research with booking comm or Agoda for the next night the problem is that when we made our reservations online we would go to pay at the hotel and we have about 30% added on to our feet so we got around this fine stead using Airbnb or just showing up without a reservation and dealing with the hotel and paying them directly notice that our route takes us right pass without train moods from candy to LS that is considered to be the most famous beautiful train route in the world we ended up driving part of this route bike took Turk as opposed to taking the train however this is a highlight for most tourists that visit the country and I highly recommend that you look into it and consider if it's something that you want to do for yourself tickets are about twenty five dollars and you will want to book it in advance as it fills up fast we continued up north for our last stop and Sri Lanka's most famous tourist attraction segovia I would be with sort of quite low expectations and I was actually quite surprised it was a really cool experience this is these big signs as you're walking out that says mind the bees the sky is just full but thousands of watts so when you see signs saying be careful swarming wasps in that area I would recommend you do pay attention but honestly it was really safe it was really long time you get an amazing view out over the landscape as well as seeing always close liked very much archaeological kind of slice on top of this massive Rock Inoue you can climb both lion rock and pit around Gala rock in one day there really isn't much to do in the town apart from these two main attractions lick was a total trooper exploring cigarette because it happened to be the one morning where it was not feeling so good we ate out for all of our meals and I'm talking raw food cooked food little stands fancy restaurants everything we did not follow the rules of pilots boy let's cook it or leave it that's supposed to rhyme anyway throughout all of that we did not get sick I'm not saying that you will not get sick definitely don't drink the tap water you can get bottled water at their convenience stores that are located around the country it's called Food City as well as just little local shops that you'll come across and then otherwise make sure that you follow the advice of your travel clinic and that your vaccines are up to date listen to them not me they neither Rick or I ever felt that we were in any danger or have anything stolen from other choice or from locals I'd say roads safety when you're walking that some of the traffic is crazy and even though the roads are well-developed it's still pretty dangerous and there were quite a few accidents it does increase your risk dramatically if you drive it nice it's not that safe because you're HID lights aren't that strong you find it hard to see things like bumps in the road that you're otherwise avoid and all this it's just not fun electrical sockets look like this or like this and yes it is completely acceptable to be eating with your hands what's not acceptable is taking a photo with your back to Buddha Buddha selfies are considered incredibly disrespectful don't do it before we knew it we were back in the gumbo the three weeks had gone by and we were dropping off her it took took getting ready for the airport you want to eat before you get to the airport as they are famous for the notorious $20 Burger King in the Colombo Airport 20 US dollars for a Bernie King burger there's a new revenge more expensive than Switzerland that is the most expensive burger I've ever seen the best part of this trip and what made it so amazing was the people it's those unplanned conversations and spontaneous moments and well the food that's what the people cook for you too that make this country and the travel experience in Sri Lanka so unlike anywhere else in Asia so do we regret that we may have missed a few of the main attractions nope if anything it's just an excuse to go back yeah that's pretty much it everyone Porter's you know what else you look at this look at this what's this so let me know in the comments below if you have any questions or feel free to share your own experiences in Sri Lanka I'd love to hear about it don't forget to give this video a thumbs up and subscribe it really supports my channel and will help me to keep making these videos for you also I just moved into a new apartment in denying Vietnam where I'll be for the next few months so stay tuned for more videos on what it's like being a Canadian living in Vietnam hope to catch you next time happy travels and thank you again it's so much for watching bye [Music].

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