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About Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise full of life. Tradesmen know it as Serendib from the word serendipity, meaning “discovery by happy accident”, and Marco Polo described it as one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

Sri Lanka is an amazing destination for a vacation. It is an exotic, tropical, tearshaped island at the foot of India with a lot of things to see and do. You can discover mythical, ancient cities, dense djungles, astonishing mountain areas, highlands, holy stones and long sandy beaches lined with palmtrees. Both goods and different kinds of services are priceworthy and the people are very friendly and welcoming. The best way to experience Sri Lanka is to go around the island for a couple of days and make some stopovers to see both the nature, culture and animal life.

Sri Lanka Travel info

  • Time: GMT +4,5h
  • Currency: Rupier (LKR). 1 EUR = 150 LKR (jan-15). We encourage you to bring USD or EUR to exchange on location. USD in small bills may also be used as payment. At Sri Lanka international airport they only accept USD. Credit card is not common as payment, except at some hotel and nicer stores. However at markets and similar, cash is preferred. It is possible to withdraw money at ATM:s with most of the international debit cards. However the availability is very limited.
  • Language: Singhalese, Tamil and English.
  • Water: It is safest to drink water from closed and unopened plastic- or glass containers.
  • Visa: Nordic citizens need a visa to visit Sri Lanka. As of January 1st, 2012, all travellers are required to apply for an “Electronic Travel Authorization” before arrival to the country, which can be applied and pay for online. The cost is approximately USD 30, more information here: http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/
  • Health: Please contact your local vaccination clinic to see what you specifically need. Havrix (Twinrix) against jaundice is always recommended. Cholera vaccine Dukorol which also protects against tourist-diarrhea is encouraged. Malaria capsules and Japanese B-encephalitis is usually recommended pharmacies.
  • Country code: +94
  • Electricity: 220V, adapter is required.
  • Weather: Sri Lanka has a tropical monsoon climate with southwest monsoon wind in the south and west part during May to August and the northwest monsoon wind in the northern and eastern part of the country during October to January. The average temperature is 25 degrees Celsius which given during the day up towards 28 – 30 degrees Celsius. In the central highlands, the temperature is a bit lower, approximately 15 – 20 degrees Celsius. You can travel to Sri Lanka all year round because there are always nice temperatures somewhere on the island. However the best time of the year is during November to March.
  • Tipping: Tipping at restaurants, hotels and luggage-handling is common courtesy. However it is not mandatory, more like a sign of appreciation. At restaurants 10% of total cost is recommended.
  • Clothing recommendations: Formal attire is seldom used, but you should avoid wearing shorts and tops at the temples. Comfortable shoes are a must, considering how much you will be walking. In temples and other religious places, removing your shoes are mandatory, so keep in mind to take shoes with you that are easy to take on and off. Do not forget your swimwear and a hat or cap to protect you from the sun. In Sri Lanka it is not allowed to sunbath topless or in the nude.
  • Security: The most common crimes are theft, especially pickpockets. Make a habit out of keeping your valuables at a safe place, preferably at the hotels safe box. Be alert at crowded locations. Do not bring passports, valuable documents, too much cash and do not keep your wallet in the back pocket, instead use a money belt or pack within your clothes. Do not hang your handbag over the back of the chair at the restaurant or hotel-dining hall; always keep an eye on it. Leave valuable jewellery, bank- and debit cards that will not be used at home and try not to show your cash in public. Always try to leave your valuables and the cash you will not be needing during the day at the your rooms safe box or at the reception. Do not leave your valuables out in the open and always lock your suitcase when you leave the room.

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