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Insider Tips for Sri Lanka

by Links Travel & Tours | January 8, 2020

Here we have gathered together tips and suggestions from our Sri Lanka team on ways to help you make the most of your time in this friendly island nation. There’s more to it than elephants and beaches! And for those that aren’t visiting Sri Lanka, we have a selection of our favourite books, and films that we think will give you a real flavour of the country’s life, culture and traditions.

FOOD & DRINK

Eat Local

The food in Sri Lanka is delicious, and outside the main cities of Colombo and Kandy, it is difficult to find Western dishes. Some of the best food can be found in guesthouse kitchens. Most people eat with their hands, rather than using knives and forks, so all rice and curry places have a sink to wash your hands because no one wants to eat with a dirty hand!

Kothu Roti

Roti (flatbread) chopped up and stir-fried with eggs, vegetables and meat, is a delicious meal, usually available in the evening.

Hoppers

Bowl-shaped pancakes made from rice flour and egg, are mainly available in the early morning or late afternoon.

Arrack

You must try Arrack, it is Sri Lanka’s local spirit, similar to rum but made from coconut flowers

BOOKS
FILMS

Elephant Walk

Staring Elizabeth Taylor, this film tells the tale of a young bride of a rich planter who finds herself the only white woman at Elephant Walk tea plantation in British Ceylon.

A Common Man

Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross act as a terrorist and police chief, respectively, in this police drama/thriller. It won the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor awards at the Madrid International Film Festival.

TRAVEL TIPS

Some of Our Favourite Places in Sri Lanka

  • Colombo municipal council building sri lanka

    Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka's capital filled with Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial architect...

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  • Sigiriya sri lanka

    Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

    Sigiriya is known for its Cave Temples and amazing rock fortress

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  • Temple of the Tooth kandy sri lanka

    Kandy, Sri Lanka

    Kandy is a friendly city in the centre of the country.

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  • Tea Plucking Sri Lanka

    Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

    This area is renowned as the predominant tea growing area in Sri Lanka

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  • leopard sri lanka

    Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka’s most renowned National Park is brimming with birds, elephants, bea...

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  • beach boat sri lanka

    Beruwala, Sri Lanka

    A popular beach resort on the south-western coast of Sri Lanka

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  • Dambulla Caves sri lanka

    Dambulla, Sri Lanka

    Home to one of the country’s cultural highlights, the Dambulla Cave Temples, a...

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  • kalutara beach sri lanka

    Kalutara, Sri Lanka

    A relaxing beach resort on the south west coast of Sri Lanka

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  • lighthouse galle sri lanka

    Galle, Sri Lanka

    A delightful city with a mixture of Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial archi...

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  • view ella sri lanka

    Ella, Sri Lanka

    A small town in stunning surroundings famed for it's excellent tea

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