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Clothing and What to Wear

Clothing

In the heat of the low country regions, cottons and light natural fabrics such as linen are ideal. Please remember that in a conservative culture like SL, skimpy skirts and brief shorts are not the norm or considered respectable. For women, loose cotton skirts or trousers and tops, and a long dress or skirt. For men cotton trousers or shorts and a T-shirt, or even the traditional sarong. Some warm clothes are recommended if you are heading for the hilly regions, where the evenings tend to get chilly.

Dress code

Evening wear – advisable to bring one set, as Star class hotels insist on ‘long attire’ for men during dinner (no shorts and no sandals). Ladies could come in dresses, skirts or long shorts, but not in any beach/swimwear.

Dress modestly at religious sites. Women should wear long skirts, dresses or loose trousers and modest blouses. Men should wear long trousers. Ancient temples are considered sacred, and should be treated as such. You should remove your shoes when entering a Buddhist or Hindu temple and hats at all religious places, if carrying an umbrella unfurl it. Your legs & shoulders should be covered; never enter a temple or any religious place in beach wear (i.e. shorts or singlet).

Nudity is absolutely not allowed anywhere. This includes at the beach. Topless sunbathing is prohibited too.

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    Mr. Chen Chaoqiang CHINA

    March 2021

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    Excellent stay. Will like to be here with my family & friends.   Neat & clean beach and beautiful scenic beauty.  Staff is polite, respectable & helpful. God bless them!
    Helanka, a well-managed and organized establishment.  With good wishes

    Mrs. Jaishree Singh Tomar INDIA

    May 2021

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    Information provided, follow up, transport and guide was excellent,  Thank you

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    May 2021

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    It was a wonderful experience, great place, nice weather, good hotels. A trip very well organized with the van driver adding warmth to our vacation.

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    November 2019

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    Mr. & Mrs. Abhijeet Naik, INDIA

    October 2019

  • United Kingdom

    The hassle-free arrangement allowed my husband & I to enjoy a leisurely and private holiday in Sri Lanka. Our driver was punctual, polite and drives well. He is also knowledgeable of the places. We were pleasantly surprised by the packed lunch that was arranged for our train ride to Nuwara Eliya. Thank you!

    Mrs. Pamela Chay, SINGAPORE

    September 2019

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    Our Chauffeur Guide was excellent and very knowledgeable to guide us through this beautiful country. I will definitely recommend Helanka Vacations to family and friends.

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    September 2019

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    We loved traveling around Sri Lanka with an excellent driver/ guide.

    Mr. Ranjan & Hazel De Silva

    July 2019

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    Every day was fantastic. Excellent driver + guide.

    Thank you for all the follow ups also during the trip.

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    April 2019

  • United Kingdom

    Prasanna was a brilliant guide and was so thoughtful.

    He made our trip very special and one we will never forget.

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    March 2019

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    We had an excellent trip. Our holiday was fantastic. Sri Lanka is a great country. Our driver was so friendly. He looks very good too us.

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    November 2018

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    Very well organized. Our team guide prasanna was very helpful and informative. We had a very good time!

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    November 2018

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    Best Price & Most Professional and prompt responses on email.

    Mr. Tammy Moult, SOUTH AFRICA

    February 2018

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    Mr.Prasanna our guide was very good, informative and helpful.

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    July 2018

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    Very safe and professional driving. Always on time and helpful.
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    August 2018

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    November 2018

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    Mr. Tammy Moult, SOUTH AFRICA

    February 2018

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    I recently finished a 15-day trip that was initially self-designed, but then was tweaked following consultation with Lehan and the team at Helanka. Driver Niranjan who was booked for me was excellent. Would recommend these guys again

    Mr. Parras Majithia, ENGLAND.

    January 2018

  • Chaina

    Thanks for all the arrangements it was fantastic stay, all the places planned where beautiful and pleasant.
    Have a nice year ahead and be in touch .

    Ranjana Namboodiri, INDIA.

    January 2016

  • China

    I recently finished a 15-day trip that was initially self-designed, but then was tweaked following consultation with Lehan and the team at Helanka. Driver Niranjan who was booked for me was excellent. Would recommend these guys again

     

    Mr. Parras Majithia, ENGLAND.

    January 2018

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