Tailor-made tours in Sri Lanka
Nicknamed “The Pearl of the Indian Ocean”, Sri Lanka offers many opportunities for unforgettable holidays.
The island is a fantastic destination for both beach and adventure lovers thanks to its white sand coasts, jungles, mountains and rivers. You cannot get bored!
Despite its small size, the island is blessed with places to visit and things to do. Visit the Cultural Triangle to explore Sri Lanka’s ancient history, go on an wildlife safari, enjoy culinary traditions, attend festivals, or relax on the beach. The island is blessed with a myriad of landscapes, from tropical forests and mountains, to beautiful beaches. It's always in-season somewhere in Sri Lanka- the southwest between December-April, and the northeast between May-September.
If you want to discover Sri Lanka in a different way, and immerse yourself in the local life, we offer homestay tours.
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I am proud to be from Sri Lanka, a country rich in diversity, a country with many incredible historical sites, lush forests, beautiful mountains, idyllic beaches and majestic flora and fauna. I come from a small mountain town where you can admire this lush nature and breathtaking scenery. My region offers many places off-the-beaten-path for unique experiences. After spending a few years in France, I decided to return to my home country and join the tourism industry in 2012. My passion is to create authentic tours for my clients to explore the island and leave with unforgettable memories of the pearl of the Indian Ocean.
Sri Lanka on a shoestring
Cultural Triangle, hill country and beach stay on the South coast.
Sri Lanka low-season, high-end tour
Colombo, Cultural Triangle, and seaside stay on the East Coast in 4-5 * hotels.
Visit most of the Cultural Triangle, the North and the East Coast of Sri Lanka by enjoying your stay...
Tropical Summer for Less
Main cultural highlights and Eastern beaches on a budget.
Group Yoga tour: 2/20/2021- 3/2/2021
Practice yoga in Sri Lanka with a qualified teacher while enjoying the natural and cultural wonders...
Green Tour Walk in Sri Lanka
Slow travel | Walk across the island & meet with locals!
Adventure Tour in Sri Lanka
The perfect tour for adventure seekers. Experience a range of activities, from trekking to wildlife...
Trekking tour in Sri Lanka
Hiking through the hill country is the perfect way to slow down and explore Sri Lanka. This tour inc...
Horse riding tour in Sri Lanka
How would it feel to discover the diverse landscapes, vivid culture and unique heritage of Sri Lanka...
Geoffrey Bawa tour in Sri Lanka
Immerse yourself in Bawa’s masterpieces while exploring the enchanting island of Sri Lanka that insp...
Gem tour in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is famous for its gem stone industry. Join our special gem tour to see where they find the...
Honeymoon in Sri Lanka & Maldives
A honeymoon in the Indian Ocean is the guarantee of an unforgettable memory, offering heavenly islan...
Family vacation in Sri Lanka
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind family vacation in Sri Lanka. Explore cave temples, climb a rock fortress and...
Wellness, Culture & Nature in Sri Lanka
Wellness and discovery of the cultural and natural treasures of Sri Lanka.
Buddhism and Spiritual Journey
Follow and trace the Buddhist history while on your spiritual journey in Sri Lanka.
Colors of Sri Lankan Culture
Visit the historical, cultural and natural sites of Sri Lanka.
Discover Wildlife of Sri lanka
Sri Lanka has amazing wildlife. This tour will give discover and observe these animals in their natu...
Romantic Honeymoon in Sri Lanka
Travel through most of Sri Lanka by staying at boutique hotels and eco-lodges.
Nature and luxury in Sri Lanka
Discover Sri Lanka by staying at hotels that are Eco- Friendly and luxury for an unforgettable stay.
Diving tour in Sri Lanka
Colombo has some of the best diving sites in Sri Lanka, with many ship wrecks to explore. Spend a fe...
Combined Sri Lanka and Maldives tour
Culture and nature stay in Sri Lanka, beach extension and relaxation in the Maldives.
Workation in Sri Lanka
Combine working remotely and traveling on the island of Sri Lanka for a memorable adventure!
- Sunny all around the year
- Super friendly locals
- A delicious cuisine
- You can afford having a private driver
- Diverse landscapes to enjoy
- Accommodation options for any budget
- Travel off the beaten path
- Discover many UNESCO sites
- Activities for the whole family
- Go on exciting safaris
- Experience an overnight stay in a tree house
Sri Lanka FAQs
Q When is the best time to travel?
Sri Lanka can be visited all year long with an average of 27°C, but there are favorable seasons for certain parts of the island. December to April is the best time to visit the West and South Coasts and May to September for the East Coast.
Q What are the process and visa fees?
You need to apply for E.T.A visa (Electronic Travel Authorization) to visit Sri Lanka. The visa request has evolved a bit since Sri Lanka reopened its borders to tourism on 21st January 2021. You will apply for your visa and will receive the approval once your booking in Level 1 property is confirmed. You can book your airline tickets anytime (the airline might ask a visa proof on booking)
Before filling out your visa application online at http://eta.gov.lk/slvisa/, make sure that you are done with the steps listed below:
1) You have booked your hotels and obtained a booking reference number.
- For vaccinated travelers, the first 2 nights in a Level 1 hotel are necessary, then you are free to travel.
- For non vaccinated travelers, during the first 14 days of your trip, you can only book Safe & Secure Level 1 hotels. Check with us for more information about these hotels. Note that there is no minimum stay required, and you can move between hotels Safe & Secure Level 1 Hotels.
2) Pay for PCR tests and mandatory COVID-19 Insurance Cover. Currently, PCR tests and insurance are purchased through your hotel or your local agency, but a travel app is being developed and will be released soon for covid related matters. Each PCR test will cost 40 USD/ test/ person, with 2 tests required for non vaccinated travelers, and only 1 test for vaccinated people. The insurance is provided by People’s Insurance, is valid for a period of one month, and will cost 12 USD/person. Confirmation of these purchases will be requested during your visa process.
Go on: www.eta.gov.lk as soon as your bookings for your accommodations, PCR tests and insurance are finalized. Pay for your ETA visa online: 35 USD/ person (20 USD /person for SAARC countries citizens). Currently, the visas being issued are valid for 30 days, but there will soon be a 3 month option. If your visa is for 30 days, you can ask for a visa extension of up to 3 months upon arrival at the airport in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan visa authorities will process your visa request and get back to you shortly with approval, sent by email. Make sure to print out your receipt and take it with you on your trip! Once your visa approval is received, you can proceed to book your return flight. The airline might request your proof of visa on booking.
On arrival in Sri Lanka, you will have to fill out an arrival card and a health declaration form for Immigration counter. Both documents are usually provided on board your plane prior to arrival, but, in case you did not get them, you can find them in the arrival hall.
Remarks: Please bear in mind that the ETA processing fee is not refundable or transferable. Visas on arrival are no longer available until further notice. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your date of arrival in Sri Lanka. A negative PCR test, completed within 72 hours of your departure flight to Sri Lanka is compulsory for any trip to Sri Lanka.
Q What to pack?
Despite the high temperatures, you'll want to pack something warm for mountain excursions and something modest that covers your shoulders and legs for religious sites. Here are some other things to consider bringing:
- A raincoat
- Cool weather clothes for cool evenings and for touring the Hill Country
- Appropriate footwear for climbing Sigiriya and Dambulla
- A pair of socks to protect your feet from the hot ground when you remove your shoes to visit temples
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
- Mosquito repellent (for skin and clothes)
- Hat or cap
- Binoculars for jeep safaris
- A reusable water bottle (to limit the usage of plastic bottles)
- A flashlight is always useful
- An old phone to use with a local SIM card
- A small first aid kit and prescription medication (there are many pharmacies in Sri Lanka if you need something)
If you’re hiking:
- Good walking shoes
- Long thick pants and high socks to cover the pant bottoms and protect you from leeches (necessary in Sinharaja and Knuckles Range regions)
Q Any required vaccinations?
While there are no mandatory vaccines, we recommend you be up to date on universal DTP (diphtheria-tetanus-polio) vaccines. Consult with your doctor regarding vaccination against tropical diseases at least 3 months before your arrival. Yellow fever vaccination certificates are required for those travelling from countries at risk for this disease.
Q Is it a safe country?
Sri Lanka is a relatively safe country. However, as in any country, you have to be careful and trust your intuition. Pickpockets are often present in crowded tourist sites. Keep an eye on your belongings and keep your valuables close to your body.
Sri Lanka is not a dangerous country for women traveling alone, but some precautions are probably worth mentioning here. Be careful who you befriend as single women are sometimes targeted. Don't walk alone at night and dress modestly to match the culture of the country when you are out and about. But feel free to wear your swimsuit at your hotel and on the beaches in the East and the South where locals are accustomed to foreign tourists.
Q What is the currency?
The Sri Lankan Rupee is the only official currency of the country. However, Euros and US Dollars will be accepted on main cultural sites or in large hotels. You can exchange currency at exchange offices, banks and hotels (euros and dollars). On the other hand, in order to avoid the risks of fraud and limit bank fees, we advise you to use cash and make withdrawals via ATMs (local distributors) as this is the most common and, simple means of payment.
February 2021, 1 USD = 193 LKR and the largest ticket in Sri Lanka is 5,000 LKR = 25 USD.
Q How can we travel through the country?
It is very easy to travel in Sri Lanka thanks to the multiple types of transport, whether with a city itself or from one city to another. Tuk-tuk, trains and bus transport, cost just a few hundred rupees.
If you take a tuk-tuk in Colombo, make sure it has a meter! Count 40 LKR per kilometer (60 LKR the first). You can download Pick Me and/or Uber to order a tuk-tuk.
In other cities, it will be necessary to appeal to your negotiation skills. Make sure you have settled the fare amount with your driver before leaving.
If you want to take the local bus, good luck! Local buses are often crowded and noisy with music at the highest possible volume, however, it's fun to experience.
Train journeys in Sri Lanka are a unique experience, and they cross breathtaking landscapes. If your tickets are purchased by your travel agent, you will have a guaranteed seat. It is also possible to buy tickets on the spot, without a guaranteed seat. There are special, new train cars just for women if you like. Be prepared to be flexible as delays are common. Excuse any train delay!
Q What are the spoken languages?
Sinhalese and Tamil are the official languages of Sri Lanka. Sinhalese is predominant in most of the country, about 73.8% of speakers are Sinhalese and 20% are Tamils.
English is recognized as a “link” language in the constitution. Today, the three languages are taught at the primary level.
Q What are the major Religions and ethnic groups of the country?
With an area of about 65,000 km2, the island has more than 22,576,000 inhabitants, made up of several ethnic groups. Seventy five percent of the total population is Sinhalese, mainly Buddhist, sixteen percent is Tamil and mainly Hindu, and the rest of the population is made up of Muslims and Christians. Also, in terms of community, there are Burghers who are the descendants of the first Dutch and Portuguese settlers, and ethnic minorities such as Sri Lanka's indigenous people, the Veddas. Despite a civil war from 1983 to 2009, which pitted the Sinhalese and Tamils against each other in a conflict for independence, they live together in peace today. Sinhalese and Tamil are both taught at school and everyone is accepted.
Q Practical Tips?
Religion is an integral part of life for the people of Sri Lanka and it is important to know a few things so as not to accidentally disrespect them when visiting religious sites. Choose outfits that cover your shoulders and knees; take your shoes off at the entrance (hint- wear flip-flops to make it easy) don't turn your back on Buddha; don't take selfies in the temple.
If you want to eat with your hands as the locals do, use only your right hand because the left hand is considered impure (especially for Muslims and Hindus).
Q What are the travel conditions during Covid-19?
Mai Globe Travels has officially been certified as a “Safe & Secure” travel agent by the Sri Lanka Tourist Board. This means we are allowed to operate and organize trips for guests, following mandated tourist board regulations. Some of these requirements include staying in Level 1 hotels for the first 14 days, using certified driver guides, and visiting only authorized sites for the first 14 days.
The Sri Lankan authorities have a plan for how to allow travelers to visit the country safely. As of now, travel guidelines are the same for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.
Visitors are required to stay in level 1 certified hotels, and travel in a covid-safe bubble for the first 13 nights/ 14 days. Travelers can travel and can change hotels during their stay as long as they stay in the bubble, and there is no minimum stay required. Guests who wish to stay longer than 14 days and test negative for covid will be allowed to travel freely after their 14th day.
You will do a PCR test on the day of your arrival at the hotel, you are kindly requested to stay in your room until your negative results are obtained (allow 24 hours on average). A second test must be carried out before your departure, if it is negative you are allowed to travel freely.
Children between 2-12 years will have to do one PCR test before the end of the 14 days.
Travelers are expected to follow the country’s covid-19 health guidelines and protocols for safe travel.
- Please respect social distancing at the airport during the check-in, security check, and boarding process.
-You will be required to pay for and take the PCR tests during the first 14 days.
- Please follow the required health procedures at your accommodations.
- Wear a mask in public places, common areas, and during tours and excursions.
- During the first 14 days, you will have the opportunity to visit 15 licensed tourist sites. During visits, wearing a mask and social distancing are required.
Read our article on travel conditions right now in Sri Lanka.
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