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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the currency used in Sri Lanka?

The Currency used in Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR), which further divides into 100 cents. The currency is denoted by 

Coins: One Rupee, Two Rupees, Five Rupees, Ten Rupees 

Notes: 20 Rupees, 50 Rupees, 100 Rupees, 500 Rupees, 1000 Rupees, 2000 Rupees, 5000 Rupees

Please note that the Sri Lankan Rupee is the only currency used for transactions in Sri Lanka. But you will be able to find High-end hotels or tourist attractions accepting Us Dollars or Euros. 

Is Visa needed to enter Sri Lanka?

Yes, a visa is mandatory to enter Sri Lanka. While Tourist visas are usually issued for periods of 30 days, you can get a short stay visa via the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Although on arrival Visa is available, it is recommended to get your visa prior to visiting Sri Lanka. 

Is there a language barrier in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka is a country with many ethnicities, hence there are many languages which are spoken throughout the country. With the main languages being Sinhala and Tamil many foreigners think that communicating with locals is an extremely difficult task. But in reality, this is not the case Communication will rarely be a problem in Sri Lanka as many Locals understand and speak English. Even locals who do not speak English can understand and will help you out to the best fo their ability. Street Signs and Signboards are generally displayed in English, Sinhala, and Tamil. 

What kind of clothes should be worn in Sri Lanka?

There are no strict rules regarding clothing in Sri Lanka, other than at Religious sites. Religious places have strict protocol when it comes to clothes. You are expected to cover yourself up, no tank tops or shorts will be allowed at these sites. You might even be refused entry depending on your attire, or asked to change into something suitable. Other than that you can wear almost anything you want. It is recommended that you bring some light fitting clothes as the heat can become quite annoying during the afternoon periods. 

How are the Telephone facilities in the country?

There are many Telephone booths found throughout the country which accept coins. You can also find many Communication shops which offer special rates on idd calls.Although the quality of the call may differ on the communication establishment, most high-end hotels offer high-quality Idd services. 

The country code of Sri Lanka is +94.when dialing an overseas number you need to dial "00" before the telephone number. 

What time do Shops open?

The usual time for Grocery shops and supermarkets to open is around 8.00 am. High-end shops usually open at 10.00 am and closes at 6.00 pm or 7.00 pm. 

Is it safe to drink tap water in Sri Lanka?

It is advisable to purchase sealed, bottled water. Avoid drinking water from taps. Always check if the water bottle is fully sealed before purchasing. 

Should Accommodation be pre-booked in Sri Lanka?

No, Accommodation options in Sri Lanka are endless. While it is always advisable to book pre-hand to save time, it is definitely not a must as you can find any sort of accommodation you need, from five-star hotels to guest houses. 

Is Sri Lanka safe to travel in?

A very popular question asked by tourists, is Sri Lanka safe to travel? The answer is yes, Sri Lanka is safe to travel in, as in any foreign country be aware of your surroundings, do not leave your valuables unattended and be cautious of pickpockets in public places. If you at any point feel uneasy do not hesitate to contact a member of the public for assistance. 

What is the best time to visit Sri Lanka?

There are exciting things to do any time of the year in Sri Lanka. However, depending on the time of your visit activities will changes.

World Heritage & Culture

  • Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Kandy, and Galle are magnificent as it is all over the year
  • It would be best to avoid rainy season for Sinharaja and Horton Plains.
  • Esala Perahera in Kandy is held on August.

Beaches by Seasons

Whale & Dolphin Watching by Season

Nature and Wildlife

  • You could enjoy a Safari at a national park all around the year. 

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