"Lover's Rocks" Top 5 Page for this destination Sri Lanka Local Custom Tip by mafi_moya

Sri Lanka Local Customs: 115 reviews and 114 photos


Despite what you might think after seeing what the teenage girls wear in Odel in Colombo at the weekend, Sri Lanka is still a very conservative country when it comes to sex and relationships. It's expected that sex comes after marriage and young couples are often chaperoned by parents and grandparents - holding hands in public is considered quite a commitment, kissing a definite no-no. Of course that's the theory anyway, if not always the reality, and young couples often find it difficult to spend time alone together.

Which is why, sat on rocks by the sea all around the country, you'll see hundreds of couples sat together, usually under cover of a large umbrella. Coming from more liberal countries it's quite a sweet sight (aah the romantic in me is coming out!) Of course most couples are just talking and getting to know each other without the hassles of parental interference - but some take the chance to, ahem how shall I put this, get to know each other on a more intimate level. So just be careful not to stare too much!

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  • Updated Jul 21, 2004
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