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Admission Payments

Entry fees to state institutions are based on a two-tier system,  whereby foreigners pay a significantly higher entrance fee than locals or foreigners with resident visas once various taxes and additional charges have been taken into account.  In some places fees are quoted in US dollars but payable in Sri Lankan Rupees

Age Restrictions

Age under 12 is considered as a child and is qualified for reduced entry charges.  To drive one must be over 18 years of age.

Apartments

Apartments are available for different prices in Colombo and other areas

Attractions

Sri Lanka is blessed with all types of attractions such as religious sites, beautiful beaches, lush green forests, wild life with rare animals and amazing birds, spectacular cities with cool and comfortable climates and ancient monastic sites with great histories.Sri Lanka’s each province has a unique attraction.  Provinces are namely, Central Province, Eastern Province, Northern Province, North Central Province, North Western Province, Sabaragamuwa Province, Southern Province, Uva Province and Western Province. Each province has a special importance of religious, heritage, wild, scenic beauty, entertainment or special beaches.  Some areas are so important for festivals such as Kandy Perahara in the city of Kandy in Central Province.

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Budgeting

If you’re a budget traveler, Sri Lanka can still be inexpensive, you have to manage your trip using local transport and staying in low cost guest houses and also you can travel by bus from Jaffna to Matara for around $30.  For short distance travels you can use Trishaws instead of luxury cars.

Clothing

Cotton and light fabrics are best for the lowland heat.  Warm cloths are suitable for travelling hill country during December-January.  Long dresses are suitable for visiting religious places such as Buddhist Temples, Kovils etc.

Crime and safety

Sri Lanka is a remarkably safe place to travel in, and crime against foreigners is virtually unheard.  Nevertheless, it pays exercise caution and obey common sense rules.  Further avoid dark and deserted beaches at night and do not accept lifts from strangers.  Before swim in beaches or local rivers always check local advise and make sure some one knows you are in the water.

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Disabled Travelers

Sri Lanka is not yet equipped for those with physical disabilities.  Some of the good hotels have wheelchair  access facility.  Public transport has no facility for those in wheelchairs.

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Electricity

Sri Lanka uses 230-240 volts electricity.

Emergency

Fire and Ambulance:  Dial 110 from any local telephone or mobile

Ambulance:  Dial 1990

Police: Dial 119     

Police Stations in each District   Ampara, Anuradhapura, Badulla, Baticaloa, Colombo, Galle, Gampaha, Hambanthota, Jaffna, Kaluthara, Kandy, Kegalle, Kilinochchi, Kurunegala, Mannar, Matale, Matara, Monaragala, Mullativu,  Nuwara Eliya, Polonnaruwa, Puttalam, Rathnapura, Trincomalee, Vavunia

Environment Saving

Sri Lanka concerns about the impacts of tourism on the natural environment – Save Environment

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Foreign Embassies

For details of Foreign Embassies  Click Here

Foreign Policy

At present Sri Lanka, has engaged in a ‘remedial foreign policy’ under the realm of good governance. Thus, there is an ‘openness to engage’ in the sphere of foreign affairs in Sri Lanka. Apparently, the high-level visits made by foreign delegations to Sri Lanka and various diplomatic discussions and talks with foreign high-level delegations on economic relations, tourism etc. envisage a vast opening in the Sri Lankan Foreign Policy. In fact, the openness in the current foreign policy has enabled many foreign organizations; business ventures to return to Sri Lanka and continue to engage in their work and business

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Gay and Lesbian Travelers

Homosexuality is illegal in Sri Lanka.

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Health

Proof of immunization is not required to enter into Sri Lanka.

Tap water is not safe to drink. Use bottled or filtered water with the “SLSI’ logo which shows the water has been tested by the  Standard Institution of Sri Lanka.

Hospitals

Government and private hospitals are available in all the districts.  Ampara, Anuradhapura, Badulla, Baticaloa, Colombo, Galle, Gampaha, Hambanthota, Jaffna, Kaluthara, Kandy, Kegalle, Kilinochchi, Kurunegala, Mannar,  Matale, Matara, Monaragala, Mullativu, Nuwara Eliya, Polonnaruwa, Puttalam, Rathnapura, Trincomalee, Vavunia

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Internet Facility

Internet facility using Wi-fi in hotels and most of the guest houses is common in Colombo and most of the other city areas.  Connection speeds are good.

Interactive Map  

To get Interactive Map visit   “http://www.srilanka.travel/interactivemap_beta/”

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Language

The main language is Sinhala.  Tamils and East Coast Muslims speak in Tamil.  English language is widely spoken within the country.

Some useful words in Sinhala

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Maps

Click and download Tourist Map

Money

Currency – The Sri Lankan currency is the rupee (Rs), divided into 100 cents; pricing in cents is rare. Rupee coins come in denominations of one, two, five and 10 rupees. Notes come in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 rupees.

Credit Cards

All most all the hotels and reputed shops accept credit cards, visa cards and master cards.

Exchanging Money

All banks change Traveler’s Cheques.  Money can also be withdrawn on credit cards in banks.

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National Anthem  

Words of National Anthem –  Sri Lanka Matha …..  Click here

National Flag

Details of National Flag    Click Here

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Office Hours and Working Hours

Government offices including post offices and private sector offices observe a five day  working week, opening Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.  Banks open Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm.  Some banks open on Saturday 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.

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Police

Police: Dial 119     

Police Stations in each District   Ampara, Anuradhapura, Badulla, Baticaloa, Colombo, Galle, Gampaha, Hambanthota, Jaffna, Kaluthara, Kandy, Kegalle, Kilinochchi, Kurunegala, Mannar, Matale, Matara, Monaragala, Mullativu,  Nuwara Eliya, Polonnaruwa, Puttalam, Rathnapura, Trincomalee, Vavunia

Postal Service

Department of Posts – Sri Lanka

Contacts : +94 0112328301-3 (Tel) , + 94 011 2440555 (Fax)

Email : pmg@slpost.lk

Address :Postal Head Quarters, D.R Wijewardena Mawatha,  Colombo 10 ,
DHL:

Contacts: 011 230 4304

Address: 148, Vauxhall Street, Colombo 02

FedEx:

Contacts: 011 254v4357

Address: 93 1/1 Chatham Street Colombo 01

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Religions

Sri Lanka’s population practices a variety of religions. As of the 2011 census 70.19% of Sri Lankans were Theravada Buddhists, 12.6% were Hindus, 9.7% were Muslims (mainly Sunni) and 7.4% Christians (6.1% Roman Catholic and 1.3% other Christian).

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Smoking

Sri Lanka became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on February 27, 2005. Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited in many indoor public places and workplaces and on public transport.

 

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Tourist Information

Details of Tourist Information     Click Here

Tour Guides

Details of Tour Guides   Click Here

Travel Agents

Details of Travel Agents     Click Here

Transportation

Public Transportation     Bus, Train and Trishaw

Bus Time Table   Click Here  

Special Trains for Tourists    Click Here

Domestic Flights

Details of Domestic Flights   Click Here

Cab Services     Cab services are available in each district.    Ampara, Anuradhapura, Badulla, Baticaloa, Colombo, Galle, Gampaha, Hambanthota, Jaffna, Kaluthara, Kandy, Kegalle, Kilinochchi, Kurunegala, Mannar, Matale, Matara, Monaragala, Nuwara Eliya, Polonnaruwa, Puttalam, Rathnapura, Trincomalee, Vavunia

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Visa

You will need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. You can get a short stay visa online at: Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Tourist visas are normally issued for a maximum period of 30 days. Although it’s still possible to get a tourist visa on arrival, it’s better to get one before you travel.