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I'm thinking about going to visit a coworker of me who is from Sri Lanka. If I'm flying that far away I would also spend some weeks in the whole country and not only on his place. To be honest he isn't really well-informed about the situation in Sri Lanka but he told me that there is still civil war in some regions, but he couldn't me tell anything else, than Colombo and his place is safe.

So I'm asking the experts here: Are there any regions in Sri Lanka I should avoid to travel too as a backpacker?

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I'm a Sri Lankan although not much of a traveler to be honest. There is no civil war here and all parts of the country are safe for tourists to travel.

If you are planning to use public transportation I suggest you be careful about your belongings.

Also I would suggest you travel with your friend or ask him to hook you up with a guide he knows.

I don't know whether you've already read this but if you haven't I thoroughly suggest you go through it.

http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/asia-oceania/sri-lanka

If you are travelling to the north/east, you must read this section in the above website.

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I don't know much about Sri Lanka, but Smart Traveller also has warnings about the Northern Province: smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/Sri_Lanka –  Andrew Grimm Mar 11 '12 at 11:45
    
@AndrewGrimm: It was last updated on the 1st of August 2011. Things are MUCH more different now :) –  Ranhiru Cooray Mar 11 '12 at 14:17
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There used to be a civil war in Sri Lanka; the northern regions near Jaffna where under autonomous control of a separatist organisation called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Without going into which side was right or wrong, this conflict concluded in 2009 and currently, there isn't any travel advisory on places being unsafe to visit. Note that the even during the civil war years the rest of Sri Lanka was very safe to visit for tourists anyway. If your friend is primarily going to Colombo, then there should be no problem at all.

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