THE BASICS

The Location

Sri Lanka tour map

Sri Lanka is nestled a stone’s throw away from India’s southeastern shore where the Bay of Bengal touches the Indian Ocean. A one-stop flight from Los Angeles to Colombo takes about 22 hours while a nonstop flight from London is 10h 30m.

Capital City

Situated on Sri Lanka’s western region, the official capital city of Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (or Kotte) sits about seven kilometres from Colombo, the commercial capital. Though predominantly Sinhalese, it's home to many ethnic and religious groups.

Main Airport

Also known as the Colombo International Airport, Bandaranaike International Airport serves international destinations. It's located 32.5 kilometres north of Colombo. The Ratmalana Airport, 16 kilometres south of Colombo, serves domestic destinations.

Language Spoken

The official language of Sri Lanka is Sinhala and Tamil, although English is commonly spoken.

Currency

The Sri Lankan rupee is the country’s currency. Its currency code is LKR, its symbol is Rs. Local Currency isn’t traded internationally, but there are many money exchangers and ATMs in Colombo. Credit cards are accepted for purchases, but carrying cash is advisable.

Visas

A Tourist Visit Visa is required for all foreign nationals entering Sri Lanka, including US, UK and Australian citizens. Applications for the Electronic Travel Authorization, which grants a 30-day stay, must be done online at eta.gov.lk.

Electricity

The standard voltage in Sri Lanka is 230V/50Hz AC using Type D sockets and three rounded pin plugs. A plug adapter and voltage converter are necessary for US and Canadian appliances.

Vaccinations

Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid vaccines are mandatory for Sri Lanka, while Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Polio and Rabies are recommended. The country is low risk for malaria, but pack some antibacterial tablets just in case.

Emergency Calls

Keep these phone numbers handy in case of emergency: 118 or 119 for the police, 110 for ambulance and fire & rescue, and 011-2421052 for the tourist police.

When to Visit

1. Peak Season

NOVEMBER TO APRIL

While Sri Lanka’s position near the equator means the country boasts consistently warm temperatures year round, it does suffer two monsoon seasons each year. However, most of the country enjoys a dry season from December through March. An exploration of the western and southern coasts as well as the hill country is ideal. Festivals abound including Thai Pongal in January and Vesak Poya in May.

2. Off Peak Season

MAY TO OCTOBER

May through September may bring rain to the southwestern region, thanks to Southwest monsoon, but it is a great time to visit the north-central, northern and eastern regions whose turn it is to relish dry months. Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya ,Trincomalee, Jaffna and Pasikuda should be on your itinerary. During April which the Sinhala and Tamil New Year take place and September are your best bets, if you’re planning on seeing the whole country.

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