Sri Lanka travel plans Dec/Jan 06 - safety concerns

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1. Posted by Lou_Bow (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

We've been looking forward to our first trip to SL in Dec06/Jan07 but the escalation in violence makes us anxious. There's still plenty of time to book, and we had planned to avoid the North & NE anyway but now the whole thing feels less safe and we're reluctantly considering other options. Aust Govt warnings have also strengthened from 'be alert' to 'reconsider the need to travel'. Not sure they did this after the London bombings and the LTTE generally doesn't aim for tourists as per Bali. Any thoughts on this? we're generally experienced & sensible travellers.

2. Posted by nishantha (Budding Member 4 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Yes it's a good idea to avoid North & East if you are planning to visit. If you could briefly say your interst of places to visit may be i could give you some informations.

3. Posted by sandaruwan (Budding Member 13 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Its not bad as what they show on CNN or BBC. A few good places would be Galle,Kandy, Nuwara Eliya............. depending on your interest that is.



4. Posted by RFritz (Inactive 38 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I think you are just as safe anywhere. The tourist areas of SriLanka are safe. I wouldn't read too much into what the Australian govenment says - they seem to cover their backs by saying the extreme. I went to Bali when they said to reconsider travel and I had no problems what so ever (And Im a young Aussie). Just be sensible. This always seem worse from the outside than what they actually are.

5. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I guess I would say the risk level in Sri Lanka varies based on the area you plan to visit. North and East is out of the question for and anyway, it has not been on the tourist route for a couple of decades. Colombo has been somewhat unpredictable lately, but I wouldn't worry too much if I were a tourist.

Other than that, the most popular tourist routes - the beaches of the South, the hill country area of Peradeniya and Nuwara Eliya are safe as ever. So, safety concerns should not necessarily put you off visiting Sri Lanka and I don't say this because I am a Sri Lankan.

Only it is always good to keep in mind some safety tips if you are travelling alone which I guess are applicable in most countries: avoid travelling alone late in the night and in deserted areas and don't leave valuables in hotel rooms.

6. Posted by srilanka (Budding Member 2 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

It is still safe to travel to Sri Lanka. Ofcourse you should avoid North and east. However, there are plenty of safe places for you to enjoy.

Sri Lanka is a paradise for holiday makers. I'm sure you will enjoy your trip to Sri Lanka.

It is important to plan your Sri Lanka holiday to get the maximum.

Here are few good places to visit.

Colombo - Good for nightlife, Casino and lovely Mt Lavinia beach.

Galle, Bentota - These places have lovely beaches

Yala, Udawalawe - Wildlife

Kandy, Nuwera Eliya, Bandarawels - This is the hill country. Plenty of beautiful waterfalls, tea plantation and breathtaking mountains.

Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya - Ancient ruins and the history of Sinhalese who built this lovely country. You will see the remainings of the massive constructions done by Sinhalase thousands of years ago.

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7. Posted by A-dam (Inactive 2 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Me and my girlfriend is one day from order a ticket to Sri Lanka during january. We been zickzacking backandforth concider the situation in Sri Lanka. Would anyone here hesitate to go there?

We would land around 4.30 in the morning and grab a taxi and head staight towards Galle, as far away from any military installation as we can come I hope.

I feel like the aussie in the thread that things always look worse if you see it on CNN or read travelling warning and stuff. I mean if the southern part was threatend it would mean that a full blown war was on but its not, right?

Alright, just found this webpage so I hopeing for some replies. We go there for surf so if any other travellers with that mission feel free to drop me a line.

8. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Go ahead and order your tickets A-dam.

If you are afraid of bombs going off in the southern coast, don't worry. There has been no history to-date, where there were bombs going off in the South. (The 70s, 80s insurgencies of the South is a different story and not to be worried about now).

If you are afraid of seeing guns, then be prepared. Colombo city is full of army checkpoints but then you want to directly go to the Southern coast, so just go ahead.

Do bring lots of mosquito repellant with you, though. As you may be aware, the mosquito-related virus chikungunya and dengue, are currently rampant in Asia and particularly in the Indian subcontinent. In my point of view, mosquitoes would be the biggest threat currently to visitors than the ongoing conflict.

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 30, 2006, at 5:29 AM by Ahila ]

9. Posted by A-dam (Inactive 2 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Ahila for the calming information. So the worst things are the mosquitos? Thanks for the tip about the repeller.

We ordered out tickets yesterday and I have been reading alot on the net and been calmed down. We head straight for the south to find a nice village from we can walk to the surf.

Thanks again.


10. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

A-dam, You might have read about yesterday's bomb incident in Colombo. I think it is best that, as you planned, to go directly from airport to the southern beaches than lingering in Colombo. You will be driving through Colombo to go to the south but that is okay

These occasional bomb incidents in Colombo seem to be usually targeted at military personnel but passers-by do inevitably get caught. Anyway, Colombo does not have much to offer in the way of sightseeing. So, you are not losing much by not stopping in Colombo.

The food and the beaches are great in the south. And, probably, you will also find the things you might like to take back home there.

Have a pleasant stay in South Sri Lanka!