How does one go about backpacking in Sri Lanka?
I’m only asking cos I soon may have about five days off and am contemplating the idea. I suppose what I’ll do is grab a backpack and pack some clothes in. Get my water bottle on. Pack a Swiss army knife and maybe some cooking accessories. And get a tent.
A tent is essential if high travel costs are to be avoided. And if you’re camping out you may as well try the outdoor food thing anyway. But there is one other cheap travel option that one can try and that is sleeping in mosques and temples etc. I know for a fact that places of worship aren’t too particular about offering a nights rest to a tired traveler or two.
But I’m thinking of its possible to safely camp on beaches and hillsides etc. It’ll be all the more fun. but i suppose one will have to be aware of robbers, irate villagers (Sri Lankans sometimes tend to get easily agitated when confronted with unusual things), the po-lice etc. I suppose I’ll have to ask around first and see if it’s ok. I’m sure getting permission to camp out in someone’s garden won’t be that hard. Sri Lankans are usually hospitable like that.
Ok so where to go? There are several routes one can take i suppose. I’ll have to rely on public transport most of the way; hitchhiking is usually easier in rural areas but only for short distances.
I’m thinking start off by heading down south and working my way up the East Coast through Arugam Bay by Day 2. After that i could head inland and end up somewhere in the hills of Badulla by day 3 or 4. Then head back to the city. Very short I know. But unfortunately five days aint nothing much.