Sri Lanka is remarkably safe place to travel and violent crimes against foreigners are unheard of despite the 25 years long brutal civil war. Sri Lanka is at peace now with civil war ending in 2009 and almost all travel restrictions have been lifted off. Since the end of fighting there have been reports of no attacks by LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) although the landmines and UXO pose a risk in remote areas. More serious danger in Sri Lanka is the traffic and it’s recommend walking carefully as a pedestrians in busy roads and treat buses. After road accidents, the second most common cause of death of tourist is drowning. Beaches don’t have lifeguards and ocean current can be strong and beaches may shelve off into deep waters with unexpected steepness. The only warning signs of red flags of dangerous swimming spots are within the areas of major resort hotels. In any unrecognized swimming spots ask for local’s advice. Never swim under the influence of alcohol.