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
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.
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.
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.
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