Before you arrive to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has a seductive beauty filled with bright tropical greenery and a sea that is hypnotic blue.

The common form of greeting in Sri Lanka is the handshake. Whenever you visit someone’s home, the most common drink will be a cup of tea. Dress code is casual unless you are visiting a place of worship. If you are visiting a temple, you must remove your shoes and adorn yourself in white attire.

Sightseeing and visiting hundreds of attractions is part of the charm and the very essence of visiting Sri Lanka. There are places and sites of interests across the whole country. What is advisable to travelers is to book their accommodation in advance. Visitors can book hotels, resorts, backpacker hostels, budget hotels or indulge in comfort and luxury in top class lodging in the country. If you are traveling with children, Sri Lanka will offer a glimpse to an enchanting and spectacular world of wild animals, golden sandy beaches, elephant bathing, releasing turtles into the ocean and fire walking in Kandy.

Traveling in and around Sri Lanka is convenient whether you are a single traveler or visiting in a group. There are several modes of transportation available which include private taxis, budget tuk-tuk, local buses, air-conditioned buses, the intercity train, hired vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles. If you are staying in a hotel, the hotel will provide a vehicle for sightseeing, else visitors can make the brave attempt to go on a walking tour.

The currency in Sri Lanka is the Rupee. One Rupee amounts to 100 cents. There are bank notes and coins.

When it comes to authorized money changers, visitors should stick to banks and hotels. However, there are many licensed money changers in Colombo. The rates depend on the person currently sitting at the counter. However, it is possible to negotiate a higher rate, if you feel the rate is too low. If it sounds a little strange, try locating an internationally recognized money changer like the Western Union.

The bigger towns have ATM machines which accept the Maestro/Visa cards. Credits cards including MasterCard, Visa, and American Express are accepted across the country. Smaller cafes and shops will require you spend cash.

Visitors are eligible to arrive on a tourist visa to Sri Lanka from most countries worldwide. A tourist visa is valid for one month. Visitors must have a passport which is valid up to six months. To extend your stay in Sri Lanka, you can apply for an extension of visa at the Office of the Immigration and Emigration.

The weather, in general, is tropical. However, during the monsoon season which falls in May and again in September, the country sees large rainfall. During the rest of the year, it can get hot and humid. This makes traveling slightly tiring.

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