Frequently Ask Questions

Where is Sri Lanka Located ?

It's in the South-east region of Asia. Just below India a tear drop shaped island is Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka lies between the northern latitudes 5° 55. and 9° 55. and the eastern longitudes 79° 42. and 81° 52., 650km north of the equator.

What is the best time to visit Sri Lanka ?

Sri Lanka is a year-round destination with the beaches on the west coast being best between October and April, and on the east coast between May and September. Colombo and the interior enjoy a benign climate year-round. However, except in the arid northern part of the country, tropical showers can be expected at any time.

Is English spoken in Sri Lanka?

Communication is rarely a problem in Sri Lanka as English is widely spoken in most parts of the country including in hotels, restaurants, commercial establishments and even by private transport providers. Signboards and street signs are generally displayed in English, Sinhala & Tamil.

Is it worth my time to visit Sri Lanka ?

Absolutely, it is one of the best places to visit, Sri Lanka is now considered as one of the best places to have a vacation at.

Money and foreign exchange in Sri Lanka?

Foreign currency and traveller’s cheques may be changed at any hotel, although commercial banks offer better rates. Converting Sri Lankan rupees back to foreign currency could be done at the banks at the airport which are open 24/7 (keep exchange receipts in case required)

What are accepted Credit Card types ?

Hotels, major restaurants and shops, including supermarkets accept most international credit cards but do check first. ATMs are available at the many banks throughout the island where cash advances could be obtained using your credit card. To avoid problems, it is advisable before coming to Sri Lanka to inform your credit card company of your intention to use your credit card here.

What time do banks open?

All banks are open from 9.00am to 3.00pm from Monday to Friday except on Bank, Mercantile and Public Holidays, while some are open until later and on Saturdays. And Some Supreme Branches of Some Banks are open 24/7 9.00am to 8.00pm in week days and 9.00am to 5.00pm in weekends and public holidays

What time do shops open ?

Mainstream shops open by 10.00am and generally close at 05.00pm or 06.00pm; however supermarkets and village grocery and greengrocery shops open from 8.00am to late. However, most shops are closed on Sundays and on Public Holidays. Insist on obtaining a receipt especially at gem shops.

What should I wear when visiting cultural sites?

Men should wear T-shirt or shirt and shorts or trousers to cover their knees (or they might be lent a sarong if wearing short shorts). Ladies should wear respectable attire such as slacks or a skirt to cover the knees and a blouse or T-shirt. It is not be advisable for ladies to wear deep necked or sleeveless tops at cultural sites.

When visiting sites?

Do not leave valuables in your vehicle when visiting sites. You will be asked to remove your footwear when visiting temples and other sites; there will be a place to deposit footwear safely. Do not leave behind polyethylene, plastic or any similar stuff. Do not Smoke in those public sites at all.

How about medical facilities ?

Most hotels will have a doctor available on call, while some will have a resident nurse. The hotel reception will advise. Medical facilities at private hospitals (don’t forget travel insurance in case of accident or illness) is prompt and of a high standard. Pharmacies exist in every town.