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Sri Lanka tops best places for solo female travel in 2024

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Sri Lanka has claimed the coveted title of the number one destination for solo female travelers in 2024, according to

Solo female travel is on the rise, with a recent survey indicating that over half of Gen Z women are considering traveling abroad alone. With more women seeking adventure, cultural immersion, and memorable experiences, the question arises: where to go and what to know?

Several countries are renowned for being safe and accommodating for solo female travelers, offering well-established backpacker routes, friendly locals, and opportunities for both social interaction and peaceful solitude. Among these destinations, Sri Lanka stands out as a top choice for solo female travelers in 2024.

The island nation of Sri Lanka, often described as a tiny teardrop in the Indian Ocean, exudes its own distinct charm while offering a taste of South Asian culture. With its popularity among backpackers and a manageable size, Sri Lanka presents an ideal starting point for women embarking on solo adventures.

One of the highlights of Sri Lanka for solo female travelers is its abundance of UNESCO-listed ancient sites. From the awe-inspiring rock fortress of Sigiriya to the magnificent cave temples of Dambulla, the country's rich history and cultural heritage provide ample opportunities for exploration and discovery.

For those seeking a break from historical marvels, Sri Lanka offers pristine beaches and coastal towns that cater to solo travelers. Destinations like Arugam Bay, Mirissa, and Hikkaduwa boast beachfront hostels, opportunities for surfing, and tantalizing local cuisine, providing the perfect backdrop for relaxation and socializing.

Moreover, Sri Lanka's reputation for hospitality and safety further enhances its appeal to solo female travelers. The warmth and friendliness of the locals, combined with the country's relatively low crime rates, create an environment conducive to memorable and worry-free experiences for women exploring the island on their own.

In addition to its cultural and natural attractions, Sri Lanka offers practical advantages for solo female travelers, such as affordable accommodations, reliable public transportation, and a well-developed tourist infrastructure.

With its diverse array of experiences, welcoming atmosphere, and emphasis on safety, Sri Lanka emerges as the top choice for solo female travelers seeking adventure and discovery in 2024. As more women embrace the freedom and empowerment of solo travel, Sri Lanka stands ready to welcome them with open arms and unforgettable experiences.

Time Out Group is a leading global media and hospitality business that inspires and enables people to discover and experience the best of the city. Time Out Media’s multiple digital and physical channels span websites, mobile, social media, videos and Live Events. Across these channels, Time Out distributes its high-quality content – written and curated by a global team of local expert journalists – around the best food, drinks, culture, art, music, theatre, travel and entertainment in 333 cities and 59 countries.

  Comments - 21

  • Patcitz Tuesday, 02 April 2024 11:02 PM

    Whole western based survey showing positive toward SRI Lanka is utterly fake-bullshit, they wanted to keep Ranil in power which is their mission. Those working for the US hegemony are PUPPET of the US. In fact, Sri Lanka is a worst country to consider by travellers to visit.

    Kumar Tuesday, 02 April 2024 11:06 PM

    Srilanka is definitely a one of the best place for any travellers, but don't trust guides, auto drivers, any unknown person trying to help you out on the streets and also making sure the service charge before getting it.

    Sam Silva Wednesday, 03 April 2024 02:12 AM

    Yes our vultures are waiting for them

    Ram Wednesday, 03 April 2024 03:31 AM

    We have seen how the females were sexually attacked in many Southern locations. Unless the Policing improves the solo female travel concept will soon die

    Ignatius Wednesday, 03 April 2024 04:30 AM

    Good job SRI LANKA. Hope More tourist.

    Don Dee Wednesday, 03 April 2024 04:34 AM

    Recently saw a middle aged YouTuber who had booked a room around pettah and felt very unsafe and moved to Col 7 for the rest of the stay. Other than that the majority of genuine comments seem to validate that SL is indeed safe for solo women (tourists). Perhaps it would be better to educate locals and people in touristy areas on the importance of making women feel safe. This is a positive we can all work to strengthen. But while we are generally nice to foreign female visitors we are terrible to our own folk. And thats just sad on so many levels.

    Priyan66 Wednesday, 03 April 2024 05:12 AM

    Very good news. Sri Lankans should protect this image

    Jeanne Wednesday, 03 April 2024 03:43 PM

    If you believe this cr@p, then you either do not live in this country or, more seriously, it is definitely time to increase your medication!

    ANTON Wednesday, 03 April 2024 06:07 AM


    Shera Wednesday, 03 April 2024 07:17 AM

    I will be very cautious about this. Based on my experience, I would advise all women to be cautious when traveling alone.

    It's a lie Wednesday, 03 April 2024 08:22 AM

    Reality on the ground however is that white western females cant walk down a street without being leered at or heckled by groups of Sri Lankan men loitering.

    L Jaya Wednesday, 03 April 2024 09:02 AM

    This is a surprise, SL is not safe for solo female travellers. Don't know how this indexing was computed. Could be a wrong algorithm

    Sokrates Wednesday, 03 April 2024 09:08 AM

    But then the sexually disturbed maniacs who have their brains in their genitals have to be caught away from the beaches, bars and 3-wheelers. Now women traveling alone can only be advised to stay away from young men (and under no circumstances to invite them to their rooms), lonely beaches and areas and 3-wheelers and under no circumstances go out alone after dark.

    Jio Wednesday, 03 April 2024 10:04 AM

    Let the NPP negative comments flow

    Jeanne Wednesday, 03 April 2024 10:16 AM

    You've GOT to be kidding, right? ON what basis has these so-called "coveted" title been awarded? A white woman cannot walk alone on a main street in Colombo or Galle, leave alone travel through this country without being harassed by frustrated perverts.

    Climate has changed Wednesday, 03 April 2024 01:59 PM

    Even the local Indian women are not safe from their own countrymen. But situation in our nation is different. There was time when the son of Mervin Silva was a reputed predator. But now he is no more in circulation, Lanka has changed.

    German Wednesday, 03 April 2024 04:38 PM

    This so called " dumb peoples" magazine Time Out also recommend the most dangerous quartier in Berlin to single women.

    Dee Wednesday, 03 April 2024 04:11 PM

    Certainly, as long as they keep away from the Deep South and also stay away from 3 wheeler!

    Eugene Wednesday, 03 April 2024 06:13 PM

    Worse the more, with the economic problem, they are waiting for vulnerable solo women to come to SL. Who the hell is propagating this?

    Aththamma Wednesday, 03 April 2024 09:08 PM

    I suppose this survey has not seen accounts of travellers being robbed, harassed . Travellers with companions have been assaulted, and companions killed. Imagine the plight of a solo female traveller. Srilankan parents would hesitate to send their daughters alone

    shakil Thursday, 04 April 2024 12:16 AM

    Seriously ???? All crap or another election gundu to show how country has progressed under rogues. what a joke this is and good for those who are deaf and blind to believe

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