SEPTEMBER 2021: Due to COVID we have been unable to travel for more than 18 months, which means it's been impossible to update our vegan travel guides. Therefore we cannot be sure if the below inclusions are still open, so please contact them directly to check. For up to date information, check out the excellent HappyCow, which you can find via the link at the bottom of this vegan guide.
Published January 2015
Sri Lanka is an island that has something for everyone including historical sights, natural wonders, history and of course the abundance of great tasting vegan food, our Vegan Guide to Sri Lanka is based on a 2 month visit during November and December 2014 and a couple of short visits since. First thing to note is that compared to the rest of South East Asia, Sri Lanka isn’t cheap – budget accommodation prices have rocketed over the past few years but standards havent really followed, meaning that when trying to travel on a budget, you don’t really get a lot of bang for your buck. The tourist hotspots have gone a little crazy, charging prices that are way too high considering what you can still find in more local places.
Secondly, be warned; a trip to Sri Lanka requires a sharp mind, some persistent haggling skills and a fair amount of patience to navigate each day. Always ask and agree the price before doing anything. Go armed with particularly low expectations regarding service in the South where you’re at risk of some of the worst service (and food) that you may have every experienced… However, don’t let this put you off, with some good research and tips from fellow travellers there really are some ‘jewels in the crown’ that are not to be missed.