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Please note that according to wikitravel policy, there should be a maximum of 9 of the cities of most interest to travelers listed on a page. Other, less important places, should be listed under their regional sections. Thanks. WindHorse 20 Feb 06

Department Stores[edit]

I have deleted the details of ODEL department store, as it sounded more like an advertisement of the same. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs)

summary in South Asia[edit]

What is the most descriptive summary we can give for Sri Lanka in South Asia article? Right now it's

> Sri Lanka - pearl of the Orient

and it says nothing about the place, not to mention it's boring.

How does the country stands out among its neighbors? What is the main thing making it different and unique? --DenisYurkin 13:54, 8 January 2008 (EST)

what applies to Sri Lanka from India article[edit]

As Sri Lanka have some history of connection with India, I thought it is important to know what from India article can be applied to Sri Lanka as well.

I am not very knowledgeable on both, so this is an amateur hypothesis of what in India looks to be applicable to Sri Lanka:

Please correct me where I'm wrong.

The reason for this is to have a reliable source of info we can easily copyedit from. --DenisYurkin 16:12, 14 January 2008 (EST)


Wikitravel does not have a "towns" section: we list only major cities and major points of interest. Please move these to the appropriate region articles. Jpatokal 08:55, 9 February 2009 (EST)

but it should never be a surprise without permission.[edit]


Northern (Sri Lanka) vs Northern Sri Lanka[edit]

In order to avoid the annoying parenthesis, can we change the directions to either Northern Sri Lanka, Southern Sri Lanka, etc.? If not, I would then prefer to use Northern Province or even Northern Province (Sri Lanka) to use the official names and make our divisions seem less arbitrary. ChubbyWimbus 16:57, 6 July 2011 (EDT)

Soooo is the water safe to drink from the tap or not?[edit]

The Drink section says it's perfectly safe, but the Stay Healthy section contradicts this and says you had better not drink the tap water. 18:17, 24 July 2015 (EDT)

Thanks for the heads up, Sri Lanka's official site says "no." I'll update accordingly! IBcaldera (talk) 19:22, 24 July 2015 (EDT)

First person entry[edit]

I recently spent a week in southern Sri Lanka with my parents. It was a sort of pilgrimage as my maternal grandfather was originally from Galle but none of the family had been to Sri Lanka. We decided to stay in Unawatuna which was a lovely location. The local villagers were very friendly, courteous and helpful. During our stay, there was a religious festival celebrated in Unawatuna. As such, the usual access road (Yaddehimulla Road) was closed and we had to take the Rumassala Road to exit the town. By all accounts, this road is not suitable for all vehicles but the most rugged four-wheel drives. It is very narrow and only one vehicle can pass at a time. I was driving a rental car and relied on the GPS all the time. On Sunday (10 August 2014), at around 11:00am, I had a most unfortunate encounter. I consider this the most unpleasant experience ever in all my travels. As the coverage of this road is very incomplete on the satellite navigation system, I had stopped the car to consult my GPS device. This was only for about 30 seconds when a large 4WD vehicle approached me from behind and started blowing its horn. I gestured to the driver that I would be on my way shortly but he came out of his car and started shouting at me. It was then that I noticed that a police escort accompanied the vehicle. The man started shouting out expletives including swear words and proclaiming that this was his country and that I should leave. He opened my car door, started hitting it with his fists and threatened me with physical violence. I can only imagine what my aged parents were feeling in the back seat. Two police officers then came to join him and I was trying to explain that I was momentarily lost and would be on my way soon. They demanded to see my driver’s license, which I produced immediately. Unbeknown to me, they confiscated it immediately and asked me to pull into a side road. Once I had done this, they drove off immediately with my driver’s license in their possession. At this time, I was very confused and there was a crowd of villagers watching. They informed me that the man who had been so violent was a high-ranking government official and advised me to pursue the driving party to retrieve my driver’s license. The villagers were visibly terrified. I decided to follow their advice and sure enough, about 2 km down the road, the two police officers were waiting for me to return my license. They were very amicable at this time and even shook my hand. They explained that they had no choice but to follow this course of action. This was indeed an insight into the corrupt nature of government officials that I had heard about. As a tourist, I did not think that I would be at the receiving end of the wanton bullying which evidently happens to the poor locals all the time. Although I had enjoyed my stay in Sri Lanka, I cannot in good conscience return to this country or recommend anyone to visit it. V. Keat Essen, Germany

Perhaps we can reword this content in the stay safe section and remove the first person wording? IBcaldera (talk) 19:56, 2 February 2016 (EST)

Car rental services[edit]

I took the liberty of adding a car rental service that i recommend. I'm not affiliated to this company. let me know if this is inappropriate . Willamson89

Hi, thank you for your contributions and even more for reaching out here. First and foremost, we welcome all listings that may benefit the travellers and meet out policies at the same time. But unfortunately, Sri Lanka is not the best article you should list the car rental service in. Rather, you should list it in Colombo where it operates, under the "Go Around" section because this service provider offers travellers another option of going around town. Be sure to acknowledge our Wikitravel:Don't tout policy. If you have any further questions, please let me know here. Look forward to your edits. Cheers! --Binbin (talk) 08:26, 1 June 2017 (EDT)
Thanks for the update Binbin. I'll do as you've instructed. Let me know If I'm doing something wrong. Appreciate it :)Willamson89
You are welcome! I will be looking forward to your contributions. --Binbin (talk) 05:00, 2 June 2017 (EDT)