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How to plan a trip to Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka — a jewel-shaped country in the Indian Ocean — was an unexpected surprise. I loved every bit of it, the verdant landscape, the delicious food; the crumbling, overgrown ruins; the abundant wildlife; and (especially) the welcoming locals who took hospitality to the next level.
Sri Lanka holiday

With the right tools, planning could be fun, exciting and faster. To make sure you squeeze every minute of precious experiences and stunning sights, you better have an itinerary. Sri Lanka is welcome for Romantic couples, Independent backpackers and a family of four.

Planning is part of the overall experience of traveling.
Sri Lanka is a likely a sight seekers paradise whether it be a culture, beaches, wildlife, adventure in a white foamy river and more and more. Planning your holiday to a country like Sri Lanka is the best decision you have ever taken.

Planning a trip goes through 3 stages regardless of the destination. Full disclosure, no trip is complete without this anticipation phase.


Rough Itinerary and research about the destination.

The necessity of a rough itinerary

It's always impossible to plan a holiday in one go. Because itineraries change multiple times during the planning phase,

and travelers barely know the destinations they travel for the first time. Rough itinerary is easier to change than a full-fledged itinerary with all the nitty-gritty details. 


Step by step introduction to making a rough itinerary

1. Make a list

It’s helpful to list all of the things you want to do on your trip. Even if it's more than you think you can manage, create a list of everything you'd like to do. Research local events, holidays, and observances of the places you're traveling too as well. You may be able to witness or experience a cultural event that other travelers don't get to experience.

Be conscious of the amount of time you will spend at each stop. Certain destinations, like ancient cities, can be an all-day endeavor.
If you’re traveling with one or more people, be sure to get feedback and ideas for your destinations. Make yourself a companion who is well known about tours and get advice and guidelines related to your destination.
In your rough itinerary always have some extra sites you are willing to visit by chance. Moreover, research about things to be done, knowledge about routes and transport is very useful.


2. Map your stops.

Match your stops to specific locations on a map and note their locations. Try and map them sequentially to efficiently use your travel time.

You’ll most likely be traveling from adjacent cities as you travel. For each activity, estimate the length of time it will take to get to there, and how long you will be there.
Be sure you have local maps for the areas you will be exploring. It is also helpful to obtain schedules for bus and train services and numbers for local taxis.


3. Stay flexible.

Don’t hesitate to have some slack in your itinerary. to explore, or rest. Consider having some backup plans. For example, if you make a reservation, have a few other places to eat at in mind, just in case you miss it.
Never lose sight of the fact that your trip is supposed to be an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.


Things you could do by visiting Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka has a huge amount to offer visitors in search of unique encounters, ranging from breathtakingly scenic routes, ancient sites with rich history, stunning wildlife, spectacular festivals and a huge variety of outdoor activities. At the end of a day tour, you can savor the deliciously spicy cuisine, relax with rejuvenating Ayurvedic Spa, or simply soak up a scintillating sunset.

How to plan a trip to Sri Lanka will help you pack the best activities into your itinerary.

Anything from a simple notebook to electronic trip planners will work as long as you can change the itinerary as many times as you want. Online trip planners like Tripnino will help you to create and manage the rough itinerary easily with automatic route adjustments.



1) Fine tune the itinerary

Once you are through with destination research and a satisfactory rough itinerary, it’s time to turn in to nitty-gritty details of the itinerary to make it to perfection.

2) Create a budget.

Do you want a holiday with days spent at four-star restaurants and nights spent in five-star hotels? Or are you more interested in finding local favorites and rustic B&Bs?

Your vacation is as expensive (or inexpensive) as you want it to be. It ultimately comes down to what you want as much as what you can afford.
A spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel can help create an organized and portable budget and itinerary
Alternatively, consider using a budgeting app or website. The downside is that this may not be as portable, especially if you don't have Wi-Fi access.


3) Finalize the Itinerary

When you have a rough budget for the holiday, it’s time to make final touches and finalize the itinerary before booking services.

4) Travel Booking

While it is always advisable to book pre-hand to save time, it is definitely not a must, but booking pre-hand may get you a deal and save you from trouble while you travel.

With regard to Sri Lanka, there are two main options for you,
Book everything by yourself (accommodation, activity tickets, transport, tour guides, site tickets)
Consult a travel agent and book an all-inclusive tour.

Once you are through with your itinerary as the next step thinks about the booking details.


Accommodation and transportation with guides

Things that should be booked when traveling to Sri Lanka.

Booking of travel homestay

Travel Homestay Sri Lanka provides accommodations with a garden. Free WiFi is offered. Guests can also relax in the shared lounge area.
The nearest airport is Bandaranaike International Airport. Normally speaks the language relevant to the client.


Choosing the right travel homestay

  • Utilize a reputable agency.-  Your best bet for a safe and successful travel homestay is to book it through a reputable agency, company, or website.
  • The need for trying the local tourism board.
  • Reading of online reviews.
  • Requestion of references before booking.
  • A conversation about travels with elders/friends.


Arranging the details

  • Asking questions regarding the host family. (people living in the house, At which age? What languages do they speak of, Who else is staying with me in the same homestay.)
  • Inquire about homestay from the host.
  • Inquire about accommodational details.
  • Identifying whether the availability of Phones and wifi.
  • Inquiring host about the transportation methods.


Being aware of avoiding common mistakes

  • Keep in mind that you are a guest at someone's place.
  • Never sign a contract without reading it clearly.
  • Beware of paying in advance.


Booking discounted travel packages

Want to book a vacation to Sri Lanka? Whether you're off for a romantic vacation, family trip, or an all-inclusive holiday, Sri Lanka vacation packages make planning your trip simple and affordable.


Booking a hotel to stay while traveling.

Accommodation is one of the biggest fixed costs travelers have and reducing that cost can lead to big savings! I’m sure many backpackers would sleep in a barn if it was the cheapest accommodation they could find!
No matter what your accommodation tastes would be, one thing everyone has in common is that no one wants to pay a fortune for it. In fact, one of the best ways to take a cheap holiday is to cut down on accommodation costs. Since you have to stay somewhere every night, reducing this expense can save you a lot of Tour.