Solo Female Travel in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, a gem nestled in the Indian Ocean off Southeast India, is a radiant blend of tropical beaches, verdant tea plantations, wildlife-strewn savannah, and intricate sacred relics. Known as the 'Pearl of the Indian Ocean', Sri Lanka boasts eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the Sigiriya rock fortress, and the sacred city of Kandy. It's globally renowned for its Ceylon Tea, prolific wildlife - featuring elephants, leopards and a myriad of bird species - and vibrant Sinhalese and Tamil cultures. From the Dutch colonial architecture of Galle to the traditional festivals brimming with dances, masks, and fire-walking, and the sun-kissed, palm-fringed beaches of Trincomalee and Unawatuna, Sri Lanka pulses with an irresistible allure for explorers.

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Is Sri Lanka good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Safe

Sri Lanka is generally a safe destination for solo female travelers. The locals are friendly and willing to help, and it's common to encounter many female tourists. However, it's important to be cautious especially in crowded areas to avoid pickpockets or scams. It is also recommended to follow cultural norms, particularly when visiting religious sites. A good practice is to always let someone know your itinerary and keep in regular touch. Night travel is usually considered safe, but as always, vigilance is essential.
Transport:

Transport:Moderate

Navigating through Sri Lanka can be of moderate difficulty. While there are many transportation options like buses, taxis, and trains, language barriers might occasionally pose a challenge. Some rural areas may also be less accessible. However, most locals are helpful and friendly, easing the process to some extent. As a solo traveler, it's important to plan your travel well in advance and stay aware of your surroundings.
Things to do:

Things to do:Interesting

Sri Lanka is a paradise filled with natural beauty and historical attractions. Its diverse landscapes offer everything from sandy beaches and high peaks, to dense forests and sprawling tea plantations, sure to satiate any nature lover’s thirst for adventure. Wildlife enthusiasts will relish in the opportunity to see a variety of animals, including elephants and leopards, in their natural habitats. History and architecture buffs will be enticed by ancient Buddhist ruins, colonial-era buildings, and UNESCO world heritage sites. Foodies will find great pleasure in the country’s rich and spicy cuisine, while those seeking relaxation will enjoy pristine beaches and wellness retreats. The country is teeming wildlife safaris, hiking trails, surf spots, and yoga retreats.
Food:

Food:Above average

Sri Lanka offers a very diverse and flavorful food palette. The cuisine includes a variety of curries, seafood, and the famous rice and curry. Signature dishes like hoppers, kottu, and sweetmeats like kavum can be tried. However, it might be little spicy for individuals not familiar with South Asian cuisine. Also, vegetarians or vegans might find limited options. Overall, the food experience is quite unique and worth exploring.
Budget:

Budget:Very affordable

Sri Lanka is very budget-friendly for solo female travelers. Accommodation, food, and transportation are all quite reasonably priced. In addition, Sri Lanka is known for its friendly locals, and stunning landscapes that can be explored for free or at a very low cost. However, it's recommended to always keep some emergency cash as card machines are sometimes out of order.

Is Sri Lanka worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 25 experiences

Things to do

4.5/5

Safety

3.8/5

Food

4.4/5

Budget-friendly

4.3/5

Solo travel experience

I feel safe I really recommend surfing at the welligama beach I recommend Kottu roti as a food The city was really cheap including accommodation and transportation I stayed 4 different airbnb and all of them were great Transportation around the whole country was so easy and accessible

Posted: June 19, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 3/5
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Family travel experience

Sri Lanka is one of the safest travel destinations for women traveling alone (at least according to the rankings and even though I didn't travel alone, I would have felt safe anyway). The locals, in my experience, are very hospitable and helpful, even though they like to negotiate at least at all shopping opportunities/taxis/tuk-tuks. It's better to always start with low prices to avoid having to pay too much ;) Some of my highlights included a safari near Arugambay (our guide's name on Insta is lesitha_prabath - I can recommend him 100%, he has eyes like an eagle and finds leopards without much difficulty) :) The best hostel, in my opinion, is the Yoyo Surf Hostel Ahangama, a host with a golden heart, you feel like part of the hostel family. There are opportunities for parties with transport organization to top locations every second/third day and Sunday curries at family dinners <3 Whale watching trips are ok, but the safari was better. Restaurant prices are very cheap, especially breakfast on the beach in Wedigama which is highly recommended after the perfect surf wave at the Blue Wave surfboard rental. Don't underestimate the sun, 50+ sun cream is a must in the tropics. Always drink water only from packaged/sealed bottles (even my filter bottle was unable to protect me from poisoning). Enjoy the Sun, Waves and people :) The food was too spicy for me.

Posted: May 3, 2024Experienced: February, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

I was alone in Sri Lanka and felt safe. People really like to talk and offer their hospitality to travelers. But if you don't like to be squeezed or hanged on public transportation then traveling between cities is quite challenging.

Posted: April 7, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Anna

Anna (38)

Spain

Solo travel experience

Wear a ring and say you're married. Even if you say you have a boyfriend, guys are going to insist. Be careful with CouchSurfing. They think it's tinder, so unfortunately I had bad experiences. Be careful. When I was in Mirissa, a touristic beach place, I went out to a bar. Some girls were drunk, completely, and local guys were there trying to take advantage. Thanks to some friends we walked two of them to their hostels. So if you travel solo, try to avoid a man thought apps (like CouchSurfing). Try to find someone to travel Apart from very insistent men, it's a safe place ( well they will try to make you paid like European prices, but apart from that, it's nice)

Posted: March 14, 2024Experienced: November, 2023
Things to do: 3/5Food: 1/5Budget-friendly: 1/5Safety: 2/5
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Solo travel experience

I felt safe travelling alone, people are extremely friendly. However, I was sexually harassed while just walking at daytime at the beach. Also, stuff was stolen from me. I wouldn't recommend walking alone at secluded beaches.

Posted: February 28, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 1/5
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Solo travel experience

I felt perfectly safe solo traveling Sri Lanka for 3 weeks. The people of Sri Lanka are the nicest and most friendly people I ever met. This small country has so much to offer and it's very affordable. Mountains, hiking, temples, history, great wildlife, amazing beaches, beautiful towns, and delicious food.

Posted: February 11, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I traveled alone in Sri Lanka in April and I can only say good things. I spent most of my time on the coasts and in the mountains. I loved this country, its culture, and its food and felt very safe.

Posted: December 27, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Group travel experience

I felt absolutely safe, I spent part of the time with friends, and part traveling alone, my friends wouldn't let me travel if they didn't think I would be safe. I used drivers/cars arranged by my friends or hotels, taxis, Uber and tuk-tuks, both during the day and in the evening, I also went to restaurants in the evening.

Posted: December 18, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Sri Lanka was the first country I visited alone. I stayed in the south of the island and used public transportation as much as possible, as it was very cheap. The people there are the friendliest I have ever met. I felt very safe throughout the whole trip. When travelling between cities, it was difficult to get there by public transport, so I had to ask someone from the hotel I was staying at to give me a ride to the next place (agree on the price in advance).

Posted: December 4, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Sally

Sally

Malaysia

Solo travel experience

I love Sri Lanka where lots of wonderful people, beautiful nature and the most important they have magnificent beaches. Having seafood dinner and watching sunsets in front of the beach is the most enjoyable time for me.

Posted: November 23, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Is Sri Lanka safe for women?

Sri lanka is moderately safe for solo female travellers as. Long as they take necessary precautions. Make sure you do not go out alone at night or travel long distances with unknown people. While most people are very kind and helpful, there are black sheep who ruin the experience. So better safe than sorry.

Posted: April 24, 2024
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Meet locals in Sri Lanka

Meet local women in Sri Lanka who are open to meet up for a coffee or a drink, show you around, give local advice or practice a language with.
Dashini

Dashini

About Me

Hi Gals I’m a 42year old lady living in the colombo suburbs. I wish I could say I’m a a regular person at day and moonlights at night, however I’m a doctor working at one of the largest hospitals in Colombo. Don’t let my profession discourage you! I was brought up in Dubai, so I’m quite fun loving and I know the ropes to surviving in SriLanka . I am also an extensive travel enthusiast and have travelled to over 30 countries. I’m the nature lover and an adventure sport junkie

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Habbipriya

Habbipriya

About Me

People call me Habbi/ Habibi/ Habbs/ Hab and in multiple other ways. I enjoy meeting new people and engaging in deep conversations on the swarm of stories that make us who we are. I love traveling like a local, picking up languages, having a good laugh, trying out street food and learning about local traditions and culture. I don’t travel to live, I live to travel 💜

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Stay with locals in Sri Lanka

Stay with local women in Sri Lanka who offer free accommodation as part of cultural exchange. Couch surfing is a great way to meet new people, learn more about new cultures and experience destinations like a local.
Dashini

Dashini

Colombo

Can host for:

3 days

About me

Hi Gals I’m a 42year old lady living in the colombo suburbs. I wish I could say I’m a a regular person at day and moonlights at night, however I’m a doctor working at one of the largest hospitals in Colombo. Don’t let my profession discourage you! I was brought up in Dubai, so I’m quite fun loving and I know the ropes to surviving in SriLanka . I am also an extensive travel enthusiast and have travelled to over 30 countries. I’m the nature lover and an adventure sport junkie

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Sharika

Sharika

Sri Lanka

Can host for:

7 days

About me

I am Sharika Silva, and I'm proud to call the enchanting island of Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 my home. I have a deep passion for travel, and my journey has led me to become a multifaceted professional in the tourism industry. As a seasoned travel consultant, tour operator, and a former sales and marketing manager for a renowned hotel chain in Sri Lanka, I have honed my skills to provide travelers with exceptional experiences. Beyond my role in the industry, I'm also a digital marketer dedicated to promoting the unparalleled beauty and hospitality of Sri Lanka to the world. My mission is to make your visit to Sri Lanka an unforgettable adventure. Whether you're seeking comfortable accommodations, expert travel advice, or an authentic taste of Sri Lankan culture, I'm here to assist. Planning your next getaway to Sri Lanka? Allow me to be your trusted guide. With me, you can expect a hassle-free, enjoyable, and safe touring experience. Feel free to contact me at sharikasilva@gmail.com to start planning your dream vacation. I can't wait to welcome you with open arms and ensure your time in Sri Lanka is nothing short of amazing. See you soon! ☺️

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Upcoming visitors to Sri Lanka

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Amal

Amal

About Me

Solo traveler Egyptian writer Spritual human being

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Barbara

Barbara

About Me

Hello there! I'm Barbara, a 33-year-old Spanish woman who absolutely adores traveling the world. My heart sings with excitement at the mere thought of exploring new destinations. From the charming streets of European cities to the serene beaches of faraway islands, I thrive on immersing myself in diverse cultures and soaking up every experience that comes my way. Sampling local cuisines, making connections with people from all walks of life, and collecting memories that will last a lifetime – that's what fuels my passion for travel. Each new adventure adds a chapter to my life story, and I can't wait to see where my wanderlust takes me next!

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