Guidelines for responsible travellers
When visiting Buddhist temples or any other place of worship, ensure that you are appropriately dressed. Wear tops with sleeves and pants.
Footwear and hats should be removed when entering places of worship.
For bathing in open places:
Women : A t-shirts and a pair of shorts.
Men : A pair of shorts.
Women should always wear 3/4 trekking trousers and t-shirts with sleeves (not reveal the shoulders).
Trekking shoes are recommended. High heeled shoes are not advisable.
- Acquaint yourself with local customs - people will be happier to help you, and you will enjoy more your travel experience!
- Not everywhere is recommended for girls to go out alone at night: always be prudent.
- You are only one of the thousands of tourists visiting Sri Lanka, so wait till your turn.
- Be silent when passing Temples & Mosques, devotees are praying for your happiness.
- Do not tip children, they will stop schooling.
- Speak with the locals, but keep your limit.
- Beaches belong to all, so cooperate with fishermen.
In the wild
- Do not litter
- Do not feed wildlife (e.g. especially not at the fence like at Uda Walawe)
- Be prudent approaching different kinds of animals (elephants, dolphins, whales, whatever else)
- Donít let your driver speed in parks (25-40km/h max)
- Donít smoke or consume liquor in parks
- Donít get down from vehicle in parks
- Donít get on roof at Yala or other National Parks
- Do not stand/stop your vehicle in the way of any animal, especially an elephant/a herd Ė leave their path clear, and they will not disturb you.
- If an elephant gets aggressive Ė stand your ground, shout and make loud noises, wave your arms and stand tall.