With the peak season in Sri Lanka fast approaching, I thought it would be useful to share some tips on how you can win traveling during this time.
The high season for tourism in Sri Lanka starts in November and goes on until the end of February. The peak season, where most travellers visit Sri Lanka, is from around the 20th of December to the 10th of January.
If you’re travelling during these days, you need to take some measures to ensure that you don’t fall into this trap and waste your precious time and money.
Tip 1 – Book early.
The peak season means that hotel rooms are in high demand. It’s important to book your flights and hotels early to avoid disappointment. You could also save a lot of money on early bird deals and avoid having to book overpriced rooms at the last minute.
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Tip 2 – Go local
When you’re sightseeing around Sri Lanka, it would help if you avoid the mainstream attractions and check out some lesser known attractions instead. For example, Dalada Maligawa or ‘The temple of the Tooth Relic’ is one of the most popular attractions in the country. You could avoid the swarm of people who visit this temple by simply visiting a local village temple instead. It would make your experience much more authentic.
Another example would be the Yala National Park. It is so busy during the peak season that it looks more like a main road during rush hour traffic. You could visit other National Parks such as Udawalawe, Bundala, Wilpattu and Wasgamuwa instead.
The peak season means that there a
re very few beaches that don’t have crowds of tourists. Avoiding beaches like Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna and going to places like Talpe, Mirissa, Talalla and Tangalle could be a better option if avoiding masses of tourists is a priority for you!
Tip 3 – Get an early start
If you can’t miss the main attractions, because in most cases, there really isn’t anything that compares to them, like the Sigiriya Rock Fortress for example, getting an early start would help you save the time you would have wasted standing in queues. It also means that you get to avoid the midday heat!
The same strategy works with safari and beaches. If you really want to go, go as early as you can!
Tip 4 – Avoid charming salesmen!
The peak season also means that you will most likely be approached by ‘beach boys’ or other Sri Lankans who start off as just trying to make conversation. Most of the time, their aim is to make some money through commissions and tips by offering to take you to shops, restaurants and encourage you to try activities from a certain vendor in the area. There’s no harm in talking to them or asking them for tips and assistance, but, be on your guard and make sure you don’t get ripped off…
Tip 5 – Avoid of tourist traps
Tourist traps are places that attract many tourists, and the goods and services offered are more expensive than normal. You need to be watchful and not to get ripped off. This tip stands all year round, but is more prominent during the peak season as you get more people looking to earn a quick buck. For example, the products sold at the spice gardens some times are so overpriced, it’s laughable.
Keep an eye on the exchange rates when you are changing your money as many establishments could give you a bad rate; hotels included.
There are also some instances when you might be pressured into tipping people when they offer you some assistance. They might even ask for more than you already tipped them… Don’t feel pressured to tip them more than they deserve!
The bottom line is that you need to be a little street smart to avoid falling in to tourist traps and wasting time queuing for attractions. I hope this post helps you prepare to beat the crowds when you’re on holiday in Sri Lanka!
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