Welcome to Sri Lanka.
Why your tour must Sri Lanka?
Sri Lanka is a year round destination with an abundance of sunshine all year round. The average temperature is around 27°C – 30°C in most parts of island. The temperature gradually drops as the land rises towards the hill country, with some parts of the highland as low as below 10°C at night. The island has two wet monsoon seasons: briefly between May and July in the south-west region and between December and January in the north-east. However, clear blue skies and bright sunny days are usual even during the wet season, when tropical showers and storms don't last long. Sri Lanka is 51/2 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), 2½ hours behind Singapore and 4½ hours behind Australia EST (Eastern Standard Time).
Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, rolling surf, cheap prices, fun trains, famous tea and flavourful food make Sri Lanka irresistible. With many sites and scenes bottled up in to a small island, a traveller could be riding the waves in the dawn and admiring the green carpeted mountains by dusk. Travel destinations in Sri Lanka provide an array of holiday experience from sun kissed beach holidays to a marathon of wildlife watching, adrenaline pumping adventure sports and pilgrimage to some of the oldest cities in the world
The peak season is between December and March as many European travellers prefer the warm sunshine and the golden beaches of Sri Lanka to their winter cold. Hotels in popular tourist destinations, such as the west coast beach resorts, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya should be booked in advance to secure desired accommodation. July and August could be also considered a peak period, especially in Kandy due to the famous Perahera which is a “must-see” for visitors.
One of the joys of travel in Sri Lanka is the delicious, spice-rich food. But in a world awash with popular Southeast Asian and Indian dishes, why is so little known about the country’s cuisine? Tandoori, green curry, pho – sure, we’ve been there, we know the origins. But hoppers? Wattalappam? Lamprais? These names don’t leap from international menus. More’s the pity…
What to pack
As little as possible! Sri Lanka is a tropical country and cotton clothes are ideal and, of course, swimwear if you are visiting the beaches. Casual but not provocative dress is acceptable everywhere. You should bring your favourite brand of sun tan lotion as it might not be available in local shops. WiFi is available at all hotels so bring your essential gadgets to keep in touch. If you wear glasses, pack a spare pair in case of loss or damage. Bring enough of your prescription medicines too as the brand might not be stocked by local pharmacies.
All visitors (except those holding Maldivian or Singaporean passports) require a visa to visit Sri Lanka. Obtaining a visa is remarkably simple as it can be done in advance through the official government website: (www.eta.gov.lk) by using a credit card for the required fee. Do not use other websites as they will charge extra. If you haven’t been able to obtain a visit visa in advance, it can be obtained by queuing at a special desk in the immigration arrivals hall.Water
Filtered, mineral and bottled drinking water is available at most retail shops and supermarkets. Avoid drinking water from the tap.
If you need a doctor, please contact the hotel reception. The hotel will have a doctor within the hotel premises or on call. Pharmacies are available in all towns.
International Direct Dialing (IDD) facilities are available at all city hotels, resorts, post offices and telecommunication centres. There are several mobile telephone companies selling local sim cards available to use in your own mobile phone device. WiFi is available island wide except in remote areas. Postal services are provided at most hotels and at the local post office or authorized sub-post offices. Faxes can be handed over to the hotel reception for transmission or via a fax bureau.