Yes you can pre-book transfers and extra nights with Shoestring. You can add this on your booking form.
No, you don’t.
Yes, from 1st January 2012, all visitors to Sri Lanka will need to purchase an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization). Please see www.eta.gov.lk for further details and to submit your application. The cost of the authorization is US $ 30.00 per person.
You must also ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended exit date from Sri Lanka.
You are responsible for having a valid passport and visa/authorization when you travel. Please check either with the embassy for Sri Lanka or you can also check here for info about the current situation. Make sure you inquire at least a month before departure so that you do not run into time problems.
International direct dial facilities are available in Colombo and other major cities. Four mobile phone operators provide GSM 900 and/or 1800 frequency networks with coverage across all the main parts of the island. Internet cafes are available in the main towns and resorts.
If you book alone you will share your room with a fellow traveller ( from the same sex when possible) unless you have booked a single room.
We will stay in nice comfortable hotels with en-suite bedrooms
Theft from tourists is common in Sri Lanka, particularly in busy markets and hotel rooms, even if they are locked. Angling through open windows is a refined art and common practice. Consequently, never leave any valuables in your room; leave money and passports with reception and leave cameras and other important gear in a locked compartment in your room. Despite theft, Sri Lanka is not a place where you should feel unsafe or threatened.
You will have the opportunity to see all kind of animals throughout the year.
The unit of currency is the Sri Lanka Rupee (LKR), which is divided into 100 cents. Major credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are becoming more common, but outside the main cities they are unlikely to accept international cards. Credit cards should be used with caution due to the potential for fraud. Foreign currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change, banks and hotels. Banks are closed on Sundays.
What voltage and plugs are in use in Sri Lanka? Please click here to check what voltage and plugs are in use in this country. You could consider taking a universal electric plug.
Please check the world clock in order to find out the exact time difference.
If you want to take a travel guide or map, we suggest you click on Lonely Planet.