Travel Tips And Guide
All visitors (except Singapore & Maldivian passport holders) require a visa to visit to Sri Lanka. Obtaining a visa is simple it can be done in advance through the official government websites.www.eta.gov.lk If you haven’t been able to obtain the visa in advance, it can be done by special immigration desk on arrival immigration hall.
Immigration forms must be filled on arrival and handed over to the immigration desk prior to departure.
A list of embassies is given in the local telephone directory, which is provided in major hotel rooms, or the information can be obtained from hotel reception or from us.
You may be required to open your baggage for inspection on departure as well as on arrival. Tobacco products are not part of a tourist duty free allowance.Certain types of animal products, antiques and gold are not allowed to take out of the country.It is important that you retain your shopping receipts especially for gems.
The average temperature is around 27 C- 30C in the most part of the island. The temperature gradually drops down as the land rises towards the hill country. With Some parts of the highland is low as below 10C at night.
Sri Lanka has two monsoon seasons.
Between May to July In the south-west region.
Between December and January in the North-east.
However bright sunny days are usual even wet seasons.
Sea temperature as a rule remain around 27C.
Sri Lanka is 5 and ½ hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).
Sri Lanka has two official Languages. Sinhala and Tamil –with English as a link language. Most people have some knowledge of English and signboards are often in English.
Sri Lanka is a Tropical country and cotton clothes are most ideal to ware with the heat. Don’t forget comfortable shoes, sandals or trainers and cotton socks.You should also bring long trousers and long-sleeved tops for when you visiting temples. Gents are required to wear trousers to cover their knees or a “sarong” with a shirt or T-shirt. Ladies should ideally wear decent attire such as a trouser or a skirt to cover the knees and a blouse or T-shirt.
Warm clothing is requiring for trips to the highlands.
The legal tender of Sri Lanka is the Rupee (LKR).
You can get in 5000,2000,1000,500,100,50,20,10 notes and coins from 10,5,2,1,50cents and 25cents.
At the airport there are bank exchange booths Foreign currency can be changed at most of the hotel. Although Commercial banks offer better rates.
Most widely accepted credit cards are American Express, Visa and Master cards.
ATMs are found in banks island-wide.
Most of the shops, store, hotels and restaurants accept all this cards.
230 volts/50 Hz Ac.
Two and three pin round and square plugs are used.
There are many public and privet hospitals and nursing homes around the country. Pharmacies are available in all towns. Hotels will have a Doctor within the hotel premises or on call. (Ceylon bliss will personally assist you with any medical issues).
Sri Lanka has a lot of secrets to be discovered and Sri Lankan food is one of them. The tastes and the smells of Sri Lankan food is a truly satisfying experience and the unique
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Sri Lanka is blessed with large variety of fruits such as Mango, Banana, Pineapple, papaya, Mangosteen, wood apple, Rabutan, melons, passion fruits, guavas and many more.
Most of the hotels serve vegetarian dishes as well.There are some special diet food will be serving in Ayurveda resorts
Drink plenty of water during the day to avoid dehydration.Sri Lankan tea, also known as Ceylon tea, is probably the most favorite drink and coffee is less popular. However, you can definitely taste the freshly ground coffee which is served relatively light with milk and sugar, depending on your taste.Many roadside stalls, as well as restaurants and hotels in Sri Lanka sell refreshing fresh juices. Universal fruit juices such as apple and orange juice, and many other fruits such as mango, guava, papaya and pineapple are also very popular.
There are a huge variety of bottled soft drinks, including well-known international brands like Coca Cola, Pepsi, Fanta and 7up. Further, the local producer; Elephant house, makes a range of delicious soft drinks.
Thambli (King Coconut juice) is very refreshing and is an alternative to water. It’s sold at the side of streets throughout the island, and is clean as the coconut is cut open in front of you and also is cheaper than the bottled drinks. Local beer and spirits are widely available. (Alcohol is not sold on Full moon Poya Day)
Filtered mineral drinking water bottles are available at almost retail shops and supermarkets.
Avoid drinking water from the tap.(Ceylon bliss will provide the Mineral water bottles through out your journey.)
International Direct dialing (IDD) facilities are available at all city hotels, resorts, post offices and telecommunication centers.
There are several mobile telephone companies selling local SIM cards and top up cards available to use in your own mobile phone device.
Postal services and Fax facilities are available in most of the hotels or else Ceylon bliss will personally assist you for all this requirements.
Most of the hotels provide Wi-Fi facilities.
Sri Lanka is a photographer’s delight. However, permits are required before you can take photos at certain sites. Entrance tickets to individual sites are available only from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. These tickets cover charges for photography, recording and parking. Rates are quoted in US Dollars and rupee parities are subject to fluctuation.
There are some important restrictions that apply to photography regarding Buddhist imagery. When you visit a temple or other religious site, remember that photography should not be carried out in a manner causing disrespect. For instance, it is strictly forbidden to photograph in front of or beside any statues and murals. Note that flash photography can damage old murals.
Alcoholic drinks are freely available at public bars, restaurants, wine shops, store and super markets. However sale of liquor is prohibited on Poya days (full moon day) most hotel bars and restaurants also observe this rule.
Tipping is optional.
Most of the shops are open at 10.00am and close at 6.00pm.
Shops are usually closed on Sundays and Full moon (Poya) day.
And alcohol is not sold on Full moon (Poya) day.