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A tropical island with amazing diversity, Sri Lanka is a fascinating country and a bird watcher’s paradise. This country has a lot of places accessible to tourists, loaded in terms of wildlife and rich in culture.

The country is home to 427 different bird species, 90 mammal species and 242 butterfly species. Sri Lanka prides the whole planet’s first wildlife sanctuary, from the year 300 BC. There are prehistoric monuments, tea plantations, and fortresses dotted amongst the open plains, grasslands, rainforests and cloud forests. Not only that, the country has remarkable beaches in the south coast that offers a fine setting for some days of relaxation and awesome diving.

General Travel Info

Getting There

Sri Lankan Airlines provides direct flights to Sri Lanka’s sole international airport, Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake, from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hongkong, Bangkok, and Jakarta. The airport is about thirty kilometres north of Colombo. Other airlines that fly to Sri Lanka include British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, and Singapore Airlines.

Dive Season

The best time to dive Sri Lanka’s warm tropical waters is from November to April on the west coast, and from April to September on the east.

Documents and Taxes

Most countries are exempted from visa for stays of up to 30 days, including Singapore, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. For a full list, please check with the Sri Lanka Tourist Board. Passports should be valid. Departure tax for all international flights is Rs 1000 per passenger, pre-paid on the ticket.


Domestic GSM network and international roaming is available in most areas. Phone cards can also be bought from shops near payphone kiosks.


230V, 50Hz


Sri Lankan Rupee (Exchange Rate)

Tipping, optional, but appreciated. Hotel porters expect about Rs 10-20 per bag. Also, if you hire a tour guide, a tip of about Rs 500 per day should be sufficient.

Health And Safety

Check with your physician regarding current vaccination recommendations.

Time Zone

GMT + 6 hrs

Sunil June 29, 2018

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Kapila Palihawadana September 06, 2018



nATANDA Dance Theatre of Sri Lanka is very excited to announce CULTURE MOVES – an excep-tional dance show on September 19, 2018, at BISHOP COLLEGE AUDITORIUM, at 7:00 PM

nATANDA Dance Theatre of Sri Lanka is the very first ever Contemporary Dance Company of the country founded by KAPILA PALIHAWADANA in 2002. The company has shown an immense poten-tial by presenting their original and unique choreographic creation on the local scene as well as on the International scene. The 14 high-level professional dancers of the company are highly performative. The choreographies of KAPILA PALIHAWADANA offers a mixture of genres that results in a unique and original choreographic composition rich in color. The creations of nATANDA Dance Theatre of Sri Lanka are the modern face of Sri Lanka’s ancient living society.

CULTURE MOVES symbolizes the 21st Century Sri Lankan Culture in action and in constant evolution. The choreographies of KAPILA PALIHAWADANA embody is the very essence of modernism of our country, deeply conscious of our roots but alive to the future. The program of the September 19 even-ing at Bishop College will include 2 choreographic creations of Kapila Palihawadana. The first show of the evening, entitled Vannam, was created in 2017. Vannam is a combination of melding drums, percussion, electro beats, rock and classical music with traditional sounds of cymbal and chanted ver-sions. The physicality of the dancers’ moves is going to be enchanted by the audience. The second show of the evening, entitled Slavery (WAHALA), represents the emotional feelings of human beings trapped and deprived of their basic liberties. The show is an outstanding rhythmical music and aston-ishing choreography putting on stage the brilliant performance of the 14 international standard dancers of the company.

If the first creation had toured around the country already, the second one will be on stage for the very first time. In fact, the September 19th performance consists of the pre-premiere of the show. Its official premiere is going to be programmed at nATFEST 2018, an international Contemporary Dance Festival in Sri Lanka curated by nATANDA that will take place in November 2018. CULTURE MOVES is a groundbreaking production. Don’t miss this very entertaining special event.

Tickets: Rs. 1,500 | Rs. 2,500 | Rs. 4,500
Tickets are available at TicketsLK, our Official Ticketing Partner
: nATANDA: 072 291 1703 | Bishop College Auditorium: 0112391265 | Sarasavi Bookshop: 0112820 820 (ex 0)



Sam December 28, 2018


Hope you are well.

I am writing as organizer of a 250 km race which is taking place in Sri Lanka this coming April (13/04/2019) (

This will be a 5 stage, self supported footrace in some of the most beautiful trails that the country has to offer and will be drawing some of the worlds top athletes!

It would be great to get some local media coverage organised for the week and encourage as much local involvement as is possible.

Happy to help in whatever way I can.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,


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