Solo travelling is one of the most redeeming and self-affirming experiences of a lifetime. But it can also be one of the most overwhelming. A lot may wonder if solo travel in Sri Lanka is safe. Travelling solo is a challenge anywhere and Sri Lanka is safe as long as you dive in full preparation. For all those budget solo travellers Sri Lanka is definitely the place to go!
Preparation, Preparation, Preparation
There are few things we should always plan ahead before travelling, as you are travelling alone and should go that extra mile in preparing for it. Prior to travelling be sure to do ample research on the location or locations you are travelling to. This might help you find out if there are certain customs relevant to that location or even if you will be travelling in time for a festival in the city? Reading solo travel bloggers information can help you out when you least expect it. You could also try to scout for friends, family or colleagues who you might know of, who have solo travelled before (preferably to the same location) for tips, tricks and any useful information. Make sure to also read a few reviews as it can help you know what to expect before leaving.
Book your train or bus tickets in advance if you are using public transport and busbooking.lk is one website that you can book tickets in advance. If you do have enough time, be sure to map out the route you might be taking to your destination. Depending on where you choose to travel, certain travel agencies might also be able to help you get entrance tickets to certain tourist sites.
Keep Informed, Be Informed
Before you leave, be sure to pass on the information and itinerary of your travels with contact details to close family member or friend in-case of emergency. Remember, 127 Hours? Having apps such as Google Maps or Google Trips is also great to map out your journey and stay on top of things. If you are keen on saving up on battery though, take screenshots of the location from the station (bus or train) to the accommodation. If it is only a few extra rupees to spend, speak to your hotel and see if you can arrange for a hotel pick up from where you get off. These little things will save you time and let you relax during your journey.
When packing carry some medicine with some essential medication. Be sure to travel light. Always carry a shawl or cardigan or even a hoodie, pair of socks (you may get cold at night), raincoat or umbrella, water bottle where you can fill to carry around, power bank and travel adapter. Some of these things cannot be compromised upon.
Where to go?
Solo travel destinations cities you are travelling to can vary depending on your interests. It can be few days at the beach, stepping into the wilderness and camping at a wildlife reserve or hill country adventure with a hike uphill to see catch a sunrise.
Travelling solo in Sri Lanka to a beach location can be exciting as well as a bit daunting given that it is after all, a country surrounded by water! If you are looking for a quick trip to the waters, the southern coast beaches are top of Sri Lanka’s must visit beaches places including Hikkaduwa, Galle and Unawatuna.
Galle is a Dutch colonial town located southwest in Sri Lanka. When it comes to travelling to Galle the very comfortable expressway bus only takes an hour from Maharagama. If Galle is your choice of travel, there are few must visit places in Galle that we have detailed out for you. Galle has a range of vibrant restaurants and accommodation that also come with a mix of beautiful architecture. If you are planning to solo travel in Sri Lanka months between September and March, Galle should be top of your list.
If you are travelling solo and love nature and wildlife safaris, Sri Lanka has couple national parks and forest reserves including Yala National Park, Minneriya National Park, Wilpattu National Park, Udawalawe and Sinharaja Forest Reserve.
Yala is the second largest park in the country is approximately 300 km from Colombo. While there are great places to stay in and around Yala, you could also absorb a bit more culture and gain insight on religion by choosing to stay in Kataragama, which is an hour’s drive away. Yala is a great place to check out if you are travelling between May to October. It is the dry season (so be sure to stay hydrated!) and you will even have a great chance of spotting a leopard or two!
If you are planning solo travel to Sri Lanka, Kandy is one place you should not miss. Approximately 03 hours away from Colombo and 500 meters above sea level, travelling by train is highly recommended! Travelling by train will also come complete with beautiful mountains and picturesque tea plantations. Kandy has a lot to do and is a city is filled with temples, statues, beautiful gardens, number of cafes, restaurants and varying accommodations to suit your budget! Some of Kandy’s key attractions include the Temple of tooth, Gadaladeniya temple, Bahiravokanda Viharaya statue, Peradeniya gardens and Pinnawela elephant orphanage.
These are the best places to solo trip in Sri Lanka available on my list. Where would you recommend?