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  • Background info
  • Landscape Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka is an island in the Indian Ocean just southeast of the southernmost tip of India. The equator is only 6 degrees away from the island, which has a surface area of 65,610sq km. ...
  • Population Sri Lanka
    The island is home to some 19 million people. This means on each square kilometre, live an average of 292 people. However, the population is distributed unevenly and the number of inhabitants of the western ...
  • Religion Sri Lanka
    Buddhism: The large majority of the Singhalese, 64% of the population, is Buddhist. This means that they are followers of Siddhartha Gautama, a prince who preached a unique gospel around 2500 years ago in Northern ...
  • Culture Sri Lanka
    The cultural differences between Europeans and Sri Lankans are so vast that one could write a large book about them. Below you will find some points to take into account when mixing with the locals. "Yes ...
  • Festivals Sri Lanka
    Most festive days are linked to religion. Except for the Christian festive days, the Sri Lankan festive days are linked to the moon calendar, so they vary every year. Each full-moon day is poya day, ...
  • Food and drinks Sri Lanka
    Food: Sri Lankans eat a light and simple breakfast. It is usually made up of fruit, jam or juice with bread or hoppers, the shell-shaped pancakes made of rice flour and coconut milk. All hotels ...
  • Tipping Sri Lanka
    On bills in restaurants and bars, there is usually 15% VAT and 10% service added, but if you are happy with the service, it is customary to leave a tip as well. Tipping in hotels ...
  • Weather and climate Sri Lanka
    Climate: Sri Lanka’s location, just north of the equator, guarantees a warm tropical climate. In the low-lying coastal regions, the average annual temperature is 27˚C. Seawater temperatures are warm and vary little throughout the year. ...
  • Practical info
  • Arrival information Sri Lanka
    It is wise to take it easy the first day you are in Sri Lanka. Take time to acclimatize. The change of climate and culture can have quite an impact. Let the country and the ...
  • Information for people at home Sri Lanka
    Make sure that those at home know which country you are in and how long you are planning to stay away. You may fix a date when you will contact them again. Provide those picking ...
  • Electricity Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka has 230-240 volt, 50-hertz alternating current. Continental European plugs fit in the ungrounded sockets, although you may have to give them a push. There are also 3 pin sockets. Sometimes, hotel receptions will ...
  • Health Sri Lanka
    Southern Asia is a region where more diseases are rife than in Europe. The situation is comparable to Europe before the Second World War. All dangerous diseases that are common in India or Nepal (to ...
  • Luggage and clothing Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka is a tropical country. Take thin cotton clothing. A high-collared t-shirt with long sleeves or a thin cotton roll neck sweater is useful in the evening to protect against mosquito bites. It is ...
  • Money Sri Lanka
    Money: The currency in Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan rupee (LKR). For the latest conversion rates, look at oanda.com. The rupee is made up of 100 cents. There are coins worth 1, 5, 10, ...
  • Photographs Sri Lanka
    Never leave a film or camera in a locked bus. The mounting temperature can badly affect the quality of the photographic material. It is better to have prints made at home. Not all types of ...
  • Safety Sri Lanka
    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 ...
  • Time differences Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka is 5 hours later than in western Europe, except during summer time, when the time difference is 4 hours. Sri Lanka is 6 hours later than in the UK, except during summer time, when ...