Quick Info Sri Lanka
Location: South Eat Asia
Language: Sinhala, Tamil and English
Get Here: via Plane with CheapOAir or on an Organised Tour via Tour Radar (5% off through this link) – G Adventures or Intrepid
Currency: Sri Lanka Rupee (LKR) – check the latest exchange rate here
Electrical Plug Fixture: Type D, M & G (Grab yourself a universal adapter and you’ll never have to worry about having the right plug again!)
Time Zone: UTC + 5.30
Capital City: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Other Major Cities: Galle, Kandy, Ella, Mirissa
Famous For: Adam’s Peak, Stilt Fisherman, Lion’s Head Rock
When To Visit: You can travel to Sri Lanka at any time of year and warm temperatures are enjoyed throughout the year. The dry season runs from April to October with mild temperatures and little rain, and Monsoon season is November to March where slightly highly temperatures and humidity prevail.
Visa Requirements: Citizens from the USA, UK and Australia are required to apply for an electronic visa (ETA) prior to arrival to ensure entry into the country and which allows you to enter and stay in the country for 30 days.
Travel Within Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka has a train network which connects travelers to major cities such as Colombo, Galle, Ella and Kandy. For other tourist sites there are public buses (which can take several hours) or it is possible to arrange longer journeys on designated routes, but tickets must generally be booked several weeks in advance.
For short trips around town, the humble tuk-tuk is a great option – just remember to negotiate your price before you get in!
Travel Vaccinations: As always, check your own government recommendations prior to traveling, however you should generally ensure your basic immunizations (such as Tetnus and Diptheria) are up to date and discuss with your travel doctor Hep A and Typhoid Inoculations alongside anything else they recommend at consultation. We also recommend traveling with a stock of tablets such as Imodium in case you are susceptible to an upset stomach when eating new foods/cuisines.