Sri Lanka Facts and Useful Information :

Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) is an beautiful island nation south of India in the Indian Ocean. Its diverse landscapes range from rainforest and arid plains to misty, cold highlands and golden sandy beaches. It’s famed for its historical ancient Buddhist ruins, including the 5th-century citadel Sigiriya, with its palace and frescoes now identified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city of Anuradhapura, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sri Lanka‘s ancient capital, has many ruins dating back more than 2,000 years.

Climate

Sri Lanka owns a tropical climate with distinct dry & wet seasons. The average temperature falls between 28 – 32 degrees Celsius with Nuwara Eliya being low as 16 degrees at times. It’s cooler in the hills & the coastal areas are cooled by the sea breeze. There are two monsoons, which occur from May to July and December to January. The coldest months according to the mean monthly temperature are December and January while the warmest months are April and August.

Currency

The local currency is Sri Lankan Rupees (LKR/ Rs.). Currency notes comes in Rs. 5,000/-, Rs. 2,000/-, Rs. 1,000/-, Rs. 500/-, Rs. 100/-, Rs. 50/-, Rs. 20/- & Rs. 10/-. It is also advisable to travel with lower denominations specially if you need to buy from small boutiques.

Any foreign traveler can bring into the country upto a maximum of United States Dollars 10,000.00 only.

Credit card / banking

Banks are open from 0900 hrs till 1500 hrs from Monday to Friday unless there is a Public or a Bank Holiday. A few Colombo & main cities banks are open during the weekend as well.

Visa, master & amex credit & debit card are accepted widely in most hotels, restaurants and shops & ATM machines are available across the island.

We suggest that you inform your bank before leaving your home land that you will be doing transactions in another country during the travel period.

Health requirements

In almost every hotel & resort in our package has an in-house doctor who can treat for minor health issues. The Colombo Hospitals are geared to handle more serious problems & are equipped with modern apparatus and experienced senior doctors.

It is also sensible to ask your GP of any immunization requirement for Sri Lanka.

Travel insurance

Sri Lanka offers online via through the Electronic Travel Authorization system. Please visit www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa for more information

Language

There are two official languages in Sri Lanka, namely Sinhala & Tamil with English been a link language. Most people in tourist destinations have some knowledge in English as well as some other foreign languages. Signboards are often in English.

Time Difference

From November – March – GMT + 5.30hrs
From April – October – GMT + 4.30hrs

Water

Tap water is not safe to drink & it is advisable to use bottled water which carries the SLS certification.

Voltage

230 . 240 volts, 50 cycles AC. If you are traveling with a laptop computer don’t forget to bring a stabilizer.

While in Colombo
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    Hospitals

Delmon Hospital, Colombo 6
Durdans Hospital, Colombo 3
Nawaloka Hospital, Colombo 2
Lanka Hospital, Colombo 5
Asiri Surgical Hospital, Colombo 5

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     Spa

White by Spa Ceylon, Colombo 7
Siddhalepa Ayuverdic Spa, Colombo 7, Colombo 3.
Ayurveda Spa, Colombo 6
Coco Spa – Mount Lavinia Hotel, Mount Lavina
Anarva Ayurveda Spa, Mount Lavinia
Baan Thai Spa, Colombo 5

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     Beauty Salons

Ramani Fernando Salons
Sleek Salon, Colombo 5
Salon Nayana
La Passion Salon, Colombo 5
Uptown Glamour
The Cutting Station, Colombo 5

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    Night life

Sky Lounge, The Kingsbury Hotel
Voice Lounge, BRC Grounds, Colombo 5
Dutch Hospital, Colombo 1
Clique Colombo, Colombo 7
Floor by O!, Colombo 7
Bally’s Casino, Colombo 1
Silk, Colombo 7
Casino Marina, Colombo 3
Bellagio, Colombo 3

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    Restaurants

The Sizzle, Colombo 3
The Mango Tree, Colombo 3
Park Street Mews, Colombo 2
Ministry of Crab, Colombo 1
The Gallery Café, Colombo 3
Giovanni’s, Colombo 5
Santore’ Bistro Italiano, Colobmo 7
Sugar Bistro & Wine Bar, Crescat Boulevard, Lobby, Colombo 3
The Manhattan Fish Market, Colombo 3
Subway, Colombo 3
Kaema Sutra, Independence Arcade, Colombo 7
Palmyrah Restaurant, Renuka Hotel, Colombo 3

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    Kids Entertainment

Excel World Entertainment Park, Colombo 10
Fun Factory, Rajagiriya & Mount Lavinia
Super Kids, Colombo 5

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    Buddhist Temples

Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo 2
Sri Sambodhi Viharaya, Colombo 7
Isipathanaramaya Buddhist Temple, Colombo 5
Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple, Colombo 5
Kelani Raja Maha Viharaya, Kelaniya
Walukaramaya Raja Maha Viharaya, Colombo 3

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    Hindu Temples

Aishwaraya Amman Kovil, Colombo 6
Manikka Vinayagar Kovil, Colombo 4
Sri Kaileswaram, Colombo 1
Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil, Kotahena
Sri Venkateshwara Hindu Temple, Colombo 15
Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple, Colombo 13

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    Mosques

Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque (Red Mosque), Colombo 1
Grand Mosque, Colombo 12
Fort Jumma Mosque, Colombo 1
Kollupitiya Jumma Mosque, Colombo 3
Jawatte Jummah Mosque, Colombo 7
Dawatagaha Jumma Masjid And Shrine, Colombo 7
Wellawatta Jumma Mosque, Colombo 6

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    Churches

St. Mary’s Church, Colombo 4
All Saints’ Church, Colombo 8
St. Andrew’s Scots Kirk Church, Colombo 3
St. Paul’s Church, Colombo 4
St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Colombo 5
Church of the Good Shepherd, Colombo 5

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    Trusted taxi services

Kangaroo Cabs – +94 112 588588
Pick me – +94117433433 download app
Sonit Cabs – +94 112 816816
Budget Taxi – +94 117 299 299
Uber – download app

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    Currency Exchanging Options

Prasanna Money Exchange, Colombo 6
Crown Money Exchange, Colombo 1
Salaka Senkada, Colobmo 2
Capital Exchange, Colombo 1
Maruthi Money Exchange, Colombo 6

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    Shopping Malls

Odel
House of Fashions
Crescat Boulevard
Majestic City
Liberty Plaza
No Limit
Independence Arcade

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    Super Markets

Arpico
Cargills Food City
Keells
Laugfs

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    Gems & Jewelry

Premadasas Gems & Jewellery, Colombo 7
Zam Gems, Colombo 4
Sri Lanka Gem & Jewellery Association, Colombo 4
Nithyakalyani Jewellery, Colombo 6
Stone ‘N’ String, Colombo 3

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    Souvenir Shops

Laksala
Lakmedura
Lakpahana

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    In case of emergency

Emergency hotline from any phone is 119