FAQ

Let me answer a few  of the most frequent asked questions about Sri Lanka!

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When is the best time to visit Sri Lanka?

The south-west of the country is the sunniest December all through March. On the other hand June to October are the months you want to visit North-East. Despite all that even in the rainy season there is a lot of sunny day so don’t let that discourage you to explore the country.

How many monsoon seasons are there in Sri Lanka?

There are two monsoons. The South-West from June to October and the North-East from December to March. Sunny and warm days are the rule even during the height of the monsoons.

Do I need a visa to enter Sri Lanka?

Yes. You can apply for the visa online (for more details look under LINKS). It’s also possible to buy the visa on arrival, with a minimum extra fee of 5$, but you should check prior your arrival if this option is available for your country.

Is Sri Lanka dangerous?

Not more and not less than any other country. Take care of your belongings and avoid walking alone in dark and remote places at night by yourself. The simple advice is not to do things you wouldn’t do at home.

Can I travel to Sri Lanka with kids?

Why couldn’t you? Sri Lanka is a family friendly destination. Your kids can enjoy the diverse wildlife, beautiful beaches and the cultural aspect of the country. If you don’t feel comfortable taking the public transport, drivers are available, who will take you and your whole family around the island.

How should I dress?

Depends where you are – dress smart! It’s important that both male and female cover their shoulders and knees while visiting religious places. It’s considered polite and respectful to wear modest clothes in cities and villages. A different story is in the beach area where wearing bikinis and beach wear is common for everybody.

Is all Sri Lanka food spicy?

No. But most of it is. If your spice tolerance is low always ask in a restaurant for a “none spicy dish with no chilly” (the “no chilly” part is important). Locals are used to tourist and know that their spice tolerance is lower, so they will be happy to prepare you a dish that you can enjoy.

What is the currency in Sri Lanka and where can I buy it?

Sri Lanka is using Sri Lankan rupee (LKR). There are exchange booths when you exit the costumes at the airport. You can exchange money also in local bank and money exchange offices which are easy to find all over Sri Lanka.

Can I pay with my debit/credit card?

You can, but not everywhere. Major stores except visa and MasterCard, but you won’t find this option in local shops, markets and restaurants, so the best way is to always have some cash with you.

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