Footwear and caps are not allowed in temples and other religious places, but in case one needs to beat the heat of the hot pavements, they can wear socks.
Arms and legs of both men and women should be covered when entering temples.
Buddha statues Never present next to or before a statue (ie with your back to it), as this is viewed as discourteous.
There is a chance that people with body art and tattoos of Buddha will get arrested when travelling to Sri Lanka. So it is advised that they keep their tattoos hidden.
Travellers should make sure they always ask for permission before photographing locals. Certain groups of people or establishments like the fishermen often ask for a charge to get photographed.
Topless sunbathing and skinny dipping are strictly prohibited in the public beaches.
Public displays of affection are often looked down upon.
The left hand is considered to be unclean and as such travellers should eat with their right hand, and greet people with the same.