About Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an island situated at the southern tip of India in the Indian Ocean. From North to South – 432 Km From East to West – 224 Km Total area – 65,610 sq. Km

The majority of Sri Lankans are Singhalese and Buddhists, but the total population is a mixture of Tamil, Moor, Burgher (people of European descent). Sinhala, Tamil and English are the national languages. English is spoken throughout the island.

The south-west monsoon brings rain to the western, southern and central regions from May to July, while the north-eastern monsoon occurs in the north and east in December and January. The weather is finest in the coastal regions and hill country of the south-west from October to March. The temperature in the lowlands averages 27 degrees Celsius. However, temperatures fall rapidly with altitude. In Kandy the temperature on average is around 20 degrees Celsius and in Nuwara Eliya it is often below 15 degrees Celsius.

Tourist Visa:
Foreign nationalities traveling to Sri Lanka for tourism purposes can be obtained a 30-day visa online via Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization Online Visa Application. Standard 30-day tourist visa fee is USD 20 and pay with a credit or debit card. You can still obtain visa on arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport with a small penalty of USD 5 more. You can pay in Rupiah, Euros, UK pounds and Australian dollars in addition to US dollars. Tourist from Singapore and Maldives will continue to receive on-arrival visas as those are the only two countries that offer Sri Lankan tourist the same facility.

International Airports in Sri Lanka:
(BIA) Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport also known as Colombo international airport which is located about 19mls/29Km North of Colombo.

(MRIA) Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport also known as the Hambantota International Airport.

Custom formalities:
Visitors are required re-export articles brought in as personal effects. Make sure that you take back cameras and photographic equipment and any transistor radios, recorders and sound equipment declared on arrivals. The Customer check is usually oral. However, random examinations of baggage is carried out. For up to date information please visit Sri Lanka Customs.

Country Name Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Location An island off the south-eastern cost shores of India, 880 km north of the equator, in the Indian Ocean
Commercial Capital Colombo
Languages Sinhala, Tamil and English are widely spoken throughout Sri Lanka, with the exception of remote villages where it might be Sinhala only or Tamil only
Time zone Standard time of Sri Lanka is 5 hours 30 minutes in advance of Coordinated Universal Time. (UTC)
International dialing +94
Electricity 230 – 240 volts, 50 cycles AC
Currency Sri Lanka follows decimal currency system in Rupees (Rs.) and cents (Cts.) with 100 cents equal to a rupee. Currency notes are available in the denominations of Rs.10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000. Coins are issued in values of Cts. 25 and 50 and Rs.1, 2, 5 and 10. The intervention currency continuously will be the US Dollar