Why Visit Sri Lanka?
The Pearl of The Indian Ocean
“India’s teardrop” has had its share of heartaches over a history stretching back millennia, but today travel to Sri Lanka is quickly increasing as people re-discover this Indian Ocean gem. There are eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites here—an impressive number considering the size of the country—and a truly remarkable mix of landscapes.
Dazzling Variety of Experiences
Slightly larger than the state of West Virginia, the island offers a dazzling variety of experiences: a combination of soothing sea breezes and towering ruins, flashes of vibrant culture and echoes of its many-layered history. Sri Lanka beaches feature brilliant white sands studded with palms, while the lush hill country boasts rainforest-covered peaks. As you roam the buzzing village markets, peruse the colorful, fresh ingredients that might be a part of the pleasant and piquant meal you enjoy that evening.
What To Do In Sri Lanka?
Admire Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth—holy site of the only remaining relic of the Buddha—and the colorful Esala Perahera, an elaborate festival celebrating this Buddhist treasure. Embark on an elephant back safari through wildlife-rich forest, and imagine the ancient adherents worshipping in the Dambulla Rock Cave Temple. For those interested in wildlife, the national parks here feature a variety of primates, leopards, water buffaloes and elephants. Perhaps best of all, the island’s relatively small size makes it easier to experience everything Sri Lanka has to offer in a relatively short period of time.
Whether savoring Sri Lanka food in a charming seaside restaurant, lounging on the picturesque beaches or watching the prismatic pageantry of traditional dances in a local village, this country will impress you. Travel Sri Lanka with Geringer Global Travel, and learn what makes this island nation such a hot travel destination.
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Visas Information For Sri Lanka
You need to obtain a visa before departing from your country. You can obtain a 30 day tourist visa on line at www.eta.gov.lk. For most countries the fee is US$30. Your passport needs to be valid for six months after returning to the US and a full page in your passport for the visa.
Water In Sri Lanka
Do not drink tap water or brush your teeth with tap water. Drink only bottle water. Most hotels will provide bottle water per person in the room to use for brushing your teeth and drinking. There will be bottle water in your vehicle while traveling.
Language In Sri Lanka
The official languages of Sri Lanka are Sinhalese and Tamil. Most people speak some English.
Time In Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka time is 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of GMT.
Weather In Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s weather is tropical except in the hills. The best time to travel to Sri Lanka is June – August and December – March. The rest of the year is monsoon season.
Electricity In Sri Lanka
Electricity is 230 – 240, 50 cycles. The plugs are the round or rectangular 3 pin.
Clothing In Sri Lanka
Cotton clothes are recommended. In the hills you will need light woolens and a waterproof jacket at times. Modest dress for women is advisable when visiting religious sites and when not on the beach. Women may need to cover their shoulders when visiting certain temples.
Currency In Sri Lanka
Money is the Sri Lanka rupee. Check on www.xe.com/currencyconverter/ for rates.
ATM machines are located in larger cities. In rural places, it will be hard to find an ATM machine. Always let your bank know that you will be using your card in Sri Lanka otherwise your card will be blocked.
Credit Cards In Sri Lanka
Most modern hotels, restaurants and stores will take credit cards. Smaller restaurants and local craft centers may not. You need to tell your credit card company you will be in Sri Lanka.
Tipping In Sri Lanka
A 10% service fee is often added to final checks in restaurants and bars but this often goes to the owner. If you wish to add a gratuity, please give directly to your waiter. A general practice is to tip 10% of your total bill. It is also customary to tip porters, guides, drivers, and transfer representatives as well as anyone who provides a direct service. For a certified driver and/or guide, we recommend LKR 200-300 per person for a full day of service. A transfer representative can receive LKR 100 per person and a porter LKR 20 – 30 per bag. It is also appropriate to tip the person who watches your shoes at a temple or religious site approximately LKR 10-20. Gratuities in Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR) are preferred.
Books of Fiction
Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje
At the Water’s Edge by Pradeep Jeganathan
A Tale Told by Midnight by Leonard Woolf
Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera
Noontide Toll, Stories by Romesh Gunesekera
Reef by Romesh Gunesekera
Serendib by Jim Toner
When Memory Dies by A Sivanandran
Books of Non-Fiction
Arrow of the Blue – Skinned God by Jonah Blank
Bradt Guide Sri Lanka by Royston Ellis
Culture Smart! Sri Lanka by Emma Boyle
Hidden Kitchens of Sri Lanka by Bree Hutchins
Lonely Planet Sri Lanka by Verity Campbell
Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje
Tea Time with Terrorists: A Motorcyle Journey into the Heart of Sri Lanka’s Civil War by Mark Stephen Meadows
The Cage, The Fight for Sri Lanka and the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers by Gordon Weiss
What the Buddha Thought by Walpola Sri Rahula