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Sri Lanka solo travelling 15-22Oct any advice appreciated!

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1. Posted by asenaok (Budding Member 12 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

Hey guys! Made a rush decision and changed my route to Sri Lanka from few european countries, got my ticket, got the online visa and jsut now planning the itinerary!
will reach at Colombo 16th Oct in the morning, then will leave on 22nd Oct morning, I know I have a very limited time but this is the best I can do with a 8 to 5 job :(
Got some questions in mind and more:

1. Is getting one of these driver/guide type services as a solo female a good idea? I mean public transport is also not safe but travelling intercities with a guy alone?

2. Recommendations for itinerary, any, taking this into consideration that I am looking more into meeting soulful people on the way, experiencing their lifestyle, maybe getting lucky enough to come across Buddha's reflection on another body somewhere around Sri Lanka .. :)

Thanks in advance,
Asena

2. Posted by EuroLanka (First Time Poster 1 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

Hi Asena,

The rush decision of yours is of course a disadvantage for you. But we could do our best to minimize that. I'll get to the point directly as we are running out of time. Would you consider an itinerary with driver from a reliable service provider? Need you fast response to act.

Cheers!!

3. Posted by asenaok (Budding Member 12 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

Quoting EuroLanka

Hi Asena,

The rush decision of yours is of course a disadvantage for you. But we could do our best to minimize that. I'll get to the point directly as we are running out of time. Would you consider an itinerary with driver from a reliable service provider? Need you fast response to act.

Cheers!!

Hi, I would but I am assuming you are a service provider, I need some first hand opinion on whether its wise to be alone with the driver (99% male) intercities? please let me know if you can assure safety issues and also about the price range?

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5. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 806 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

Only you can judge what's safe or not.

I've hired drivers in many countries, including Sri Lanka. One way is to ask friends and fellow travelers for recommendations. Or, hire cars and drivers through hotels, particularly establishments known for service. They are not likely to tarnish their reputation by recommending unreliable providers.

Rates can vary, depending on the vehicle and the itinerary. Ask what prevailing rates are. I hire often, so I have a general idea.

If the package includes accommodations, be sure to inquire what's available; and what the alternatives are. While Sri Lanka has many fine hotels, some may not be to your liking, particularly if there is a major deficiency, such as lack of water, on arrival. That happened to me once in Sri Lanka. While I can live without electricity, not having water available is unacceptable!

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