Hello Fellow Silver- haired travellers.
My husband and I like to go to new places but hate the idea of packaged holidays. We feel very restricted by having to stay and eat in the same hotel for any lenght of time. like to hire car and drive whenever possible.
We are thinking of visiting SRI Lanka and would appreciate any advice and experiences that you may have had especailly from people who are over 50.
What would be the coolest time to visit in your experience.
There is lots of info on the web and we have read nice things about the island.
The mosquitoes seem a bit of a bother but we just need to take the right precautions.
Hope someone out there will have to time to reply.
HI silverhair, welcome to Travellerspoint. I've moved this thread into the Asia forum where it will hopefully get more replies. Glad to have you on the site.
It is good that you intend to visit SriLanka (SL). How many days /weeks can you spend in SriLanka? This will enable me to give you a rough schedule in Sri Lanka. For most foreigners, visa is given free of cost on arrival. So this is very convenient for most of the travellers to visit SL.
SL is a tropical country and presently it has some rains. I was from 9th till about 12th. It was cool with good cool breeze.
You can visit places like Kandy the cultural capital about 145kms from the capital Colombo or visit Elephant orphanage or visit one of the protected forest in the south west of SL. There are lot of things to do in SL.
Bus transportation is frequent and train journey is picturesque though not so frequent. If you are short time, you can engage a taxi to cover main touristic places.
You get good sea food and people are hospitable and helpful.
Suggest you to visit by December end so that weather would be cool.It is also nice to get a few showers.
Since you will be in a an air conditioned room, i suppose no need to worry about mosquitoes.Better still have a mosquito repellent .Most of the hotels provide mosquito repellent or the net. Whether you are 50 or 60, it does not matter as SL hospitality is so good.
Feel free to ask any questions if you have and will assist you as much as possible.
I think the best way to explore Sri Lanka is to hire your own car or van with driver. This gives you the freedom to pick and choose where you want to go and stop for the night.
A rough range of cost of hiring cars/vans is from USD 60 - 250/ day depending on which company you speak to.
It has been raining most of the time this month and will continue like this in December as well. The best time is generally Jan/Feb but the weather has become so unpredictable that it may continue raining then as well. As there are always sunny days and rainy days, better to come prepared for both as well as to bring mosquito repellants.
Not sure what your interests are but please visit the Travel guide section for Sri Lanka for ideas.
Have fun in Sri Lanka!
[ Edit: Edited on 14-Nov-2009, at 20:51 by Ahila ]
November to March is the best time to visit. Probably the best thing to do as independent traveller would be to make your way down to Hikkaduwa where Tours are easily arranged with a local driver. I would not recommend driving a car yourselves in Sri Lanka, that would be potential suicide, the roads and driving in sri lanka are crazy and best left to the sri lankans to negotiate.
The Kandy area is great, the temple of the tooth (Of the Buddha). Sigiriya. Galle.
I hired a motor bike whilst there and made a trek into the jungle. That was great, not going to far but escaping the beaten track for a while. The roads were smaller, less busy and safer. However, I still had some close encounters with death! Not recommended!
Have Fun! & be safe on the roads!
P.s....The Sri Lankans are amazing drivers and you will be perfectly safe with them!