Are you a solo female traveller considering a visit to Sri Lanka? Going it alone here is not complicated, the people are lovely and getting around is pretty simple. That said, there are still plenty of things you can do to make your trip safer and more comfortable.
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When going solo in Sri Lanka you should always have: baby wipes and toilet paper, for when there’s nothing more than a hand shower or bucket; a sarong or long skirt for visiting temples; a reusable water bottle, which you can refill at your hotel; and cash in small bills for tuk tuks and buses.
The best way to really get to know a country is to make friends with the locals. As a female, you are better off making friends with women first and foremost. Sri Lankan women are some of the friendliest in the world and will happily offer you a seat at their dinner table. A lot of people will be surprised that you are travelling on your own but will also offer you advice on the best places to visit and where to stay.
The Barefoot Garden Cafe is great for many reasons. The shopping is wonderful, with many beautiful things to buy for yourself or friends back home, and the cafe area on the garden patio is perfect for sending emails from your laptop. It’s also a great place for meeting other travellers.
You will need to dress modestly when visiting temples; legs and shoulders must always be covered. You will not be able to go inside otherwise.
When the sun goes down, the city, and the towns especially, become very quiet. Avoid going out alone after dark. If you plan to go out on the town for a drink and a good time, best to find someone to go with.
If you’re a female travelling solo through Sri Lanka, there’s a good chance that someone will stare at you. It’s not something you can necessarily avoid, but if you feel particularly uncomfortable being in a group may help. And, as always, follow your gut – if a situation feels risky, get to somewhere you feel safe as soon as possible.
As a solo female traveller you probably already have your wits about you. Either way, it’s not overkill to mention that you need to keep your eyes open and follow your gut. Keep your head up, be confident and have the time of your life in Sri Lanka.