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Sri Lanka is a safe destination to travel and one of the most picturesque countries on earth. Sri Lanka is a photographer’s delight. However, permits are required before you can take photos at certain sites. Entrance tickets are available at The Central Cultural Fund, Colombo and from all Cultural Triangle Sites. These tickets cover charges for photography, recording and parking.

Climatically, the best & driest seasons are from December to March on the West & South Coasts and in the hill country, and from May to September in the East Coast. Out of season travel has it's advantages, not only do the crowds go away, but many airfares & accommodation prices too go down, with many special offers thrown in.

The exchange of foreign currency is only permitted at banks, money changes and hotels. You should retain the receipts for exchange of large amounts. There are several ATMs in Colombo and a couple in Kandy. You'll have no problem changing travelers Cheques at any major bank. Thomas Cook and Visa are the most widely accepted.

Almost every town has a pharmacy selling common medicines. We recommend you use the private sector hospitals, which are likely to offer better care. However we advice you take an adequate health insurance cover.

Although a 10% service charge is included in bills for food and accommodation, tipping is a customary way of showing your appreciation for services rendered. A rule of thumb is to tip 10% of the total amount due. Your housekeeping staff, doorman, bellboy all expect a little tip.

Drug abuse is illegal in Sri Lanka , and one could end up in jail if caught possessing, dealing or using anything illegal from marijuana to heroin.


» Commonly Used Phrases «

English word


Sinhala word









hari honday

Certainly/Of course








itin ?

Wait a minute


Poddak inna

What is your name?


nama mokadda?

My name is ....


Mage nama ....

How are you?



How much is this?


meeka keeyada?

Where are you going


koheeda yanne?

What are you doing?


mokadda karanne?

I'm hungry


mata badaginie

Deal of the month
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