South of India lies a magical island full of warmth, unique culture, and the island’s desire to be noticed by travelers.
No, it’s not the Maldives, as that’s already a well-known bucket-list destination.
The beautiful country of Sri Lanka has been through troubled times over the last few decades ranging from deadly natural disasters to civil war lasting nearly 30 years.
But it’s the dawn of a new day, and Sri Lanka has turned the page into becoming a wonderful place to immerse yourself this year.
While any traveler who appreciates experiencing different cultures would enjoy their time in this island nation, solo trippers may love it even more.
Those with a sense of adventure and appreciation of solitude will truly fall in love with all Sri Lanka has to offer.
Here are 6 reasons why solo travelers will love this off-path country:
Sri Lanka Wants You
Sri Lanka wants visitors (or would-be visitors) to know they are open for business! This country is ready to embrace travelers and re-identify themselves by separating their complicated past from present times.
Locals are friendly, whether it’s hailing a tuk-tuk ride through the bustling streets of Colombo or the warm hospitality received from restaurants and hotels.
Even more importantly, it’s safe. Solo travelers are on their own and may feel hesitant to wander into the unknown.
The U.S. State Department lists Sri Lanka as Level 2 with the simple message to be aware of your surroundings and exercise increased caution.
Laid Back Atmosphere
At first glance, the capital city of Colombo may seem off the rails with mopeds zigzagging every which way through the streets.
But what is different about Colombo is you won’t hear many car horns blaring like in other major cities when it comes to the chaos of navigating city streets.
Sri Lankans are laid back, and it’s a symbol of their strength through very tough times throughout their history.
If somebody cuts you off in traffic, big whoop! Sri Lankans have bigger worries and an appreciation for the little things in life, such as protecting nature and wildlife.
In fact, where else would you see “Danger: Peacocks Ahead” signs along the country’s highways?
Rather than angrily honk horns and get into road rages, Sri Lankans realize they are all on the same team.
A perfect way to immerse yourself in Sri Lanka’s chill atmosphere is to take in one of the country’s remarkable sunsets overlooking the vast sea.
Given its close proximity to India, it can be easy to be confused with Sri Lankan cuisine. While there are definite similarities when it comes to some of the flavors and spices, Sri Lanka food is truly one-of-a-kind.
One of the best parts about traveling solo is getting to do what you want on your own time. No more bickering with your loved ones on when and where to eat; you can just go!
From high-end restaurants to street carts, Sri Lanka offers a plethora of flavors to please your palate, whether it’s lobster curry to kottu, a Sri Lankan specialty.
And save room for dessert. Watalappam, anyone?
Low Cost Of Living
Exploring Sri Lanka is easy to do, especially since it’s so affordable. The rupee is the currency in Sri Lanka, but it has lost significant value making day-to-day life very inexpensive.
Although, it’s not uncommon to pay in U.S. dollars when staying at a hotel.
According to Numbeo, one-way tickets on city transportation can cost as low as 17 cents, with taxis reasonably affordable too, at less than 40 cents per mile.
Travelers can enjoy a cold beer for under $2 with a full meal at a similar price in some establishments.
Those who love the outdoors will have the time of their life in Sri Lanka. Beyond the busy streets of Colombo are scenic beaches on the Indian Ocean, rolling hills through tea plantations, and lush jungles full of wildlife.
Since Sri Lanka is still under the radar for many travelers, now is the time to go before it becomes more mainstream, as many sites are still relatively unspoiled.
Even ancient ruins can be visited all by yourself with no crowds.
Underrated Nightlife Scene
Colombo takes on a new image as the beautiful sunsets and the night goes on. A mix of expats and locals flock to the former warehouse district with a surprising European flair.
Walking down the cobblestoned street will make you feel like you’re in another place as the energy shifts to a vibrant nightlife scene.
This area is very popular in Sri Lanka and the place to be to experience a night out.
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