Most frequent questions and answers
While Sri Lanka is an all year-round holiday destination, South / South West coasts are the best for a beach holiday during the months of November to March and East / North East coasts are best during the months of April to October. Therefore, we have tours tailor made for these seasons
All mobile operators support the GSM technology on GSM 900 / 1800 bands. WAP & GPRS is extensively supported. 3G / 4G and wireless broadband is available in major cities. Wi-Fi zones are found in selected spots in major towns.
While Sinhala and Tamil are the official & most widely spoken languages in the country. English is spoken at all hotels, major restaurants and shops. Road signs are mostly written both in Sinhalese & English.
Accommodation & Food
True. Full Moon days are of religious significance to Buddhists and devoted to ceremonies and meditation. Out of respect for Buddhist religious rites, abstinence is practiced. The government has decreed that all liquor shops and meat shops & entertainment centers remain closed on Full Moon days.
It’s advisable to bring one set of ‘long white attire’ for both men & women since your legs & shoulders should be covered; never enter a temple in beach wear. You should take off your shoes and hat when entering a Buddhist temple. Sandals can be very useful to remove at the entrances to the temples as well as a pair of old socks for walking barefoot
It is advisable to bring one set of Evening wear as larger hotels insist on ‘long attire’ for men during dinner (no shorts and no sandals). Ladies could come in dress, skirts or long shorts, but not in any beach / swimwear.
Lightweight, light colored cotton clothes are ideal for warm climates of a tropical country like Sri Lanka. We would like to recommend that you pack some warm clothes if you are planning to visit the hilly regions, where the evening tend to get chilly. A lightweight raincoat is useful in the raining season.
Ask permission before taking pictures either of people or inside temples or other sacred places. For example, it is forbidden to take photographs of Sigiriya Frescos. Never use flash on murals inside temples and other places as it can cause damage to the paintings. It is forbidden to take pictures posing with Buddha statues or paintings.
Never take photos of dams, airports, roadblocks or anything to do with the military. Do not shoot with cameras around Colombo Fort. Drone photography is also in general not permitted.
Power & Energy
Sri Lankan hotels have two types of plug bases; either the UK (Type G) or India (Type D). Do not confuse with the larger 15 Amp plug which is used for ‘heavy duty’ appliances like air-conditioners, and microwave ovens.
Health & Safety
Sri Lanka has an effective health care system which is considered a model for most developing countries across the world. However, mosquito borne diseases like dengue, exist. It’s advisable you take adequate protection.
According to accepted norms in traveling, you should put all your valuables like money, passport, tickets, jewels etc. in the hotel safe deposit locker. As per international customs, hotels will not accept responsibility for objects lost in the room, outside of the hotel locker.
Money and Money Exchange
The Sri Lankan Rupee is used only for transactions within Sri Lanka. Advice to bring in US $ / Euro and change as and when needed. The best places to change foreign currency are the banks in the airport, as well as authorized bank and foreign exchange dealers. While credit cards are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops, some businesses may charge a transaction fee. You can also withdraw cash from ATMs.
The re-exchange (purchase of foreign currency) can only take place on your departure at the bank counters at the airport. Remember that they will only accept bank receipts of monies officially exchanged from foreign currencies to Sri Lankan rupees (not Money Changer receipts).
Local Customs and Etiquette
Always eat with your right hand. It is considered bad manner to use your left hand for eating. Respect cultural differences, the local laws & import regulations and make sure your behavior doesn’t violate environmental responsibility.