Travel Information Sri Lanka
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- CAPITAL Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte, but Colombo is the commercial capital
- GOVERNMENT Republic
- CURRENCY Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
- POPULATION 20,064,776 (July 2006 estimate)
- TOTAL AREA 65,610km² (water: 870km² land: 64,740km²)
- LANGUAGES Sinhala (official and national language) 74%, Tamil (official and national language) 20%, other 6% English commonly used in government & spoken competently by c. 9%
- DECIMAL SYSTEM Sri Lanka uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
- TIME ZONE Time zone is UTC+05:30
- LOCATION Sri Lanka is located in Southern Asia
Most popular cities in Sri Lanka
- Colombo — the commercial capital of Sri Lanka
- Kandy — the spiritual heart of the country, home to a tooth of the Buddha
- Nuwara Eliya — has the coolest climate in Sri Lanka and mountains covered with Tea plants
- Anuradhapura — ruins of ancient capitals (partially restored)
- Polonnaruwa — ruins of ancient capitals (partially restored)
- Batticaloa — the main town in eastern region , unspoiled beaches along the cost main attractions-passikuda, trincomalee & arugambay, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka.
- Jaffna — the northern Capital of Sri Lanka
- Galle — a home for a Dutch fort, and a a gathering point for travelers from the nearby beach resort villages
- Ratnapura — City Of Gems, nothing much for tourists
Sockets & Plugs
Sri Lanka uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type D and Type G.
Sri Lanka uses the Sri Lankan rupee (symbol: Rs), code LKR.
Banknotes come in denominations of 5000, 2000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 rupee. Rupee is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 10, 5, 2 and 1 rupees and 50, 25, 10, 2 and 1 cents.
Automatic teller machines are rare in Sri Lanka. Your best bet is to look for them in large cities and community places.
You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Expected to tip
Tipping is quite common in Sri Lanka and it’s good etiquette to leave one. How much money you leave depends on the service and how happy you were with it. Receipts usually include a service charge.
Internet speed in Sri Lanka is on average 4.8 Mbps.
WiFi coverage in Sri Lanka is low. It is not as easy to find one.
You can buy a SIM card for about 461.47 LKR, which includes 6 GB of data plan. You can choose from 5 telecoms: Hutch, Dialog, Mobitel, Etisalat or Airtel.
Sri Lanka uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800.
If you don’t want to buy SIM card in Sri Lanka upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Sri Lanka, dial +, then 94 (the country code for Sri Lanka), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.
Low crime rate
Sri Lanka has a low crime rate . It is a generally a safe place to live and travel. Exercise normal security precautions.
It’s recommended to follow essential security precautions like wearing a money belt, securing your bag and staying vigilant in crowds.
In Sri Lanka you drive on the left side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas, 70 km/h (43 mph) on undivided highways, 70-100 km/h (43-62 mph) on expressways and 70-100 km/h (43-62 mph) on motorways.
IDP is required
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.
Rent a car
In order to rent a car:
- you must be over 25
- must hold a full license for at least a 1 year
- almost always have a credit card (Visa & MasterCard are the best)
Alcohol, drugs & prostitution
Minimum age to purchase and drink alcohol is 21 years old.
Prostitution is illegal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are illegal.
Cannabis is illegal & criminalized
Drugs (including cannabis/marijuana) are illegal & criminalized which means you are risking jail time with other penalties (fine, community service, rehabilitation) if you are caught.
- Police 119
- Ambulance 110
- Fire department 110
- Traffic police 11-269-11-11
Vaccinations listed are recommended
The following vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for your protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
- Typhoid fever
- Hepatitis A
- Yellow Fever
These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese Encephalitis
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