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7+1 bonus Quick Travel Tips for Sri Lanka

If you don’t have enough time reading into all the travel information before leaving to Sri Lanka. Here are 7 quick travel tips that will get you going.
A lot of things you will experience yourself anyway. But it can be very use full to know some tips & tricks that will make your tour more relaxed.

Quick Travel Tips for Sri Lanka

1 Airport & Visa
2 Money & Time
3 Dialing code & Language
4 Religion & Culture
5 Water & Food
6 Climate & Sun
7 Safety & Health
7+1 Electricity & Power Cut

1 Airport & Visa
The main international airport is the Bandaranaike International Airport, also called Colombo International Airport situated in the suburb of Negombo, 35 km away from the city Colombo.
Visiting Sri Lanka as a foreigner you will need a visa which you can get online at www.eta.gov.lk. Information about how to extend your visa visit www.immigration.gov.lk.
For a stopover or short stay in Sri Lanka you can get a free Transit VISA with single Entry for 2 days (48 hours) on arrival at the Visa desk next to the airport immigration desk.

2 Money & Time
The Sri Lankan currency is the Rupee. There are exchange facilities at the airport arrival lobby. ATM’s are available in most main cities. Locate the nearest ATM at www.visa.com
Sri Lanka Standard Time is the year around, +5, 5 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

3 Dialing code & Language
Save money and buy a cheap Sri Lanka SIM card at the airport rather than expensive roaming tariffs.
Check whether mobile is unlocked and buy a Sim at the airport.
The Sri Lanka country code is +94 followed by an area code.
Sinhala is the official and national language of Sri Lanka, along with Tamil.
Yes = Ow NO = Naa  Yes & No at the same time = wiggle your head slow speed.

4 Religion & Culture
Sri Lanka has a very vast and rich cultural diversity which includes a lot of customs and rituals. Religion plays an important role in molding the Sri Lankan culture and traditions. Almost a 3 quarter of the population is Buddhist, after that Hinduism, Islam and Christianity.

5 Water & Food
Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration but avoid drinking from the tap.
Buy mineral water which is widely available.
Sri Lankans mouthwatering rice and curry, a mountainous plate of rice generally accompanied by assorted vegetable and/or meat or fish curries, various pickles, sambals and crispy pappadam, is definitely worth to try! When mouth is on fire, eat a banana!

6 Climate & Sun
The average temperature is around 27°C – 30°C in most parts of island.
The temperature gradually drops towards the hill country, experiencing a temperature as low as 10°C.
Sri Lanka’s climate includes tropical monsoons also called rainy seasons: northeast monsoon (December to March) southwest monsoon (June to October)
Always use a high factor sun screen when going outside.

7 Safety & Health
Look after yourself and your personal belongings just like you would do anywhere else.
Take care when strolling on the streets alone at night, know where your going
and use your common sense.
It is advisable to prepare yourself beforehand and also during your journey to consciously deal with health risk. Wash hands and fruit and see that food is cooked properly.

7+1 Electricity & Power Cut
Voltage 220v and you can use a 3 round or square pin adapter plug. Sometimes you can experience an uninspected power cut which is great so you will learn how to improvise or meditate.

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