Before you visit Srilanka, You Should know those…

Travel Tips

When To Visit

Sri Lanka is a round-the-year destination for visitors who seek sun and sea the best time to visit the island is from November to April. The Southwestern coastal area, where most of the beach resorts are located. Kalpitiya, located on the western ( North Western)coast has been declared a new tourist attraction. Many development projects have also been planned such as hotels and other infrastructure to make the East a new tourist destination in Sri Lanka.

The central highlands are pleasantly cool and relatively dry from January to April. The peak season is mid-December to mid-January and March-April during Easter with a mini peak season in July and August when festivals and pageants are held through the country.

Getting There

Usually, all visitors to Sri Lanka travel by air; flights arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport, 35 km north of Colombo, and 6 km of Negombo.

Visa

A Sri Lankan visa is an endorsement on a passport or a similar document to facilitate the legal entry of non-Sri Lankans into the country and to regulate the period of their stay and the conditions governing such stay.

Visit Visa

A Visit Visa is an entry permit signifying the consent of the Sri Lankan Government for the admission of a foreign national to the country. The Visa contains details of the period of time and the condition/s of the stay. There are two sub-categories that come under visit visas.

Tourist Visit Visa

A Tourist Visa is issued to bona-fide tourists who want to enter Sri Lanka for sightseeing, excursions, relaxation, visit relatives, or yoga training for a short period of time.

Business Visit Visa

A Business Visa is issued to foreign nationals who visit Sri Lanka for business purposes for short periods of time. This visa may be issued for single, double, or multiple journeys.

Regarding visa information, you can contact the official source for visas and immigration in Sri Lanka.

Department of Immigration and Emigration
Ananda Rajakaruna Mawatha,
Maradana,
Colombo 10.

Tel:+94-11-5329000/+94-11-5329316/20/21/25
www.immigration.gov.lk  

Time Difference

Sri Lanka Standard Time is five and a half hours ahead of GMT. (Allowance should be made for summertime changes in Europe.)

Where To Stay

Sri Lank Offers visitors an excellent range of accommodation facilities to suit all budgets from luxury hotels to low-budget accommodations. In the peak season (mid-January and during Easter) bookings can be heavy so it is best to reserve accommodation well in advance through Walk Lanka Holidays.

What To Wear

Cotton clothes are useful at any time of the year but you will need light woolens for the hills and waterproof clothing or an umbrella. Modest dress for women is advisable especially off the beach and when visiting religious sites. Don’t forget comfortable shoes, sandals or trainers and cotton socks. If you are planning to trek and climb go prepared with suitable gear. Water sports enthusiasts would do well to take their snorkels and diving equipment along.

Authentic Food/ Rice and Curry

When you’re visiting Sri Lanka give it a try at local, authentic foods and street food. Sri Lankan Food culture is a mix of different cultures. Rice and Curry is the most basic meal for most Sri Lankans which they have as a main course. You can have steamed or boiled rice with fish or meat curry with vegetable curries and fruit curries (Mango Curry / Ambarella Curry is divine!) However, you should keep in mind usually Sri Lankan curries are rich in spices, hot and tangy. If you think you can’t tolerate spicy food always go for mild curries and you can basically have decent rice and curry anywhere in the country. If you can eat Rice and Curry by your right hand rather than using cutlery you’ll delight your local hosts as well as bonding with them.

Some other culinary options that are available for you to try are, Seasonal fruits, Curd and Treacle, Local Beverages, Kottu, Roti, Pittu, String Hoppers, Hoppers, Naan, Helapa, Coconut, and Honey Pancakes mostly originated from rice, whole-wheat flour coconut, wheat, and lentils.

Drink

Sri Lankan ‘Ceylon’ tea is prepared as in the West and coffee too. There are a huge variety of bottled soft drinks, including well-known international brands. Thambili ( king coconut water )is a safe and refreshing option. Local beer and spirits are widely available. Bottled mineral water is available in Most Places.

Alcohol

You will see that there are so many wine stores in every major city/ town Sri Lanka, even though it says “wine” store, it mostly sells spirits, arrack and beers that also mostly Sri Lankan ones. If you want good branded wine and spirits you can always go to a supermarket with a bar which is quite cheaper than the ones they sell at hotels and restaurants.

All the Sri Lankan bars and wine stores are closed on Poya days as a tradition but that doesn’t mean you cannot have a small drink and have a good time, just make sure you buy it the day before Poya day.

Culture

Sri Lankans are known to be extremely friendly with everyone. We will definitely treat you with the smiles that come from the bottom of our hearts, being forever grateful for visiting our tiny yet beautiful island. Don’t hold back yourself, connect more with us, we will help you create unforgettable memories.

Many Sri Lankans greet each other with the phrase “Ayubowan”. It is a simple way of greeting which means “may you live long”, a unique way of praying for your health. Why not learn a few basic phrases while you are here, add some new words for your vocabulary. More of simple phrases you can easily learn;

“Isthuthi” – Thank you.

“Kohomada” – How are you?

“Koheda”- Where?

“Puluwan” – Can do.

“Keeyada” – How much?

Climate

Being a tropical country Sri Lanka offers sunshine and warmth throughout the year. The basic temperature in Colombo is 28 – 32 C.

Though you have to understand rainfall is unpredictable. Sri Lanka faces two monsoons throughout the year.

The South-west Monsoon: May/June

the north-east Monsoon:  December to February

So, we advise you to check the whether thoroughly before planning your itinerary.

When you are there …