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You will cut out a lot of hassle if you plan your holiday wisely and in time. Here are some useful tips for travelling during peak seasons:
Do Your Bookings Early
The peak season means “high demand”. It’s important to book your flights and hotels early to avoid disappointment. That way, you could save a lot of money on early bird deals and avoid having to book overpriced rooms at the last minute.
Include Less Crowded Places in Your Itinerary
When you’re sightseeing in Sri Lanka, it would help if you avoid the typical attractions and check out some lesser-known attractions instead. Most popular attractions in the country are always attended by mass crowds during peak season. If you like a calm and peaceful holiday, avoiding such places would make your experience much more pleasant.
An example would be the Yala National Park. It is so busy during the peak season. You could visit other National Parks such as Udawalawe, Wilpattu or Wasgamuwa instead. Also avoiding beaches like Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna and going to places like Talpe, Mirissa, and Tangalle could be a better option if avoiding masses of tourists is a priority for you.
If You Don’t Want to Miss Popular Attractions, Get an Early Start
If you don’t want to miss the main attractions, like the Sigiriya Rock Fortress or the Temple of the Tooth Relic, getting an early start would help you save the time you would have wasted standing in queues. It also means that you get to avoid the midday heat. If you really want to go, go as early as you can!
Don’t Get Ripped Off
In places that attract many tourists, the goods and services offered are more expensive than normal. You need to be watchful and not get ripped off. This happens all year round, but is more prominent during the peak season as you get more people looking to earn a quick buck. Keeping an eye on the exchange rates when you are changing your money is also important.
There are also some instances when you might be pressured into tipping people more. They might even ask for more when you already have tipped. Don’t feel pressured and end up paying a lot more than the normal rate.
Our team at The Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo would be delighted to help you plan your travels efficiently – make sure to ask for any travel tips and useful pointers upon check-in!