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sri lanka FAQs

1. Where is Sri Lanka located?

Sri Lanka is an island in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean at the very tip of the Indian subcontinent. 

2. What is the time difference between India and Sri Lanka?

There is no time difference between India and Sri Lanka.

3. What is the best way to travel to Sri Lanka?

The best way to travel to Sri Lanka is by flight. There are several airlines that will take you to the island country from almost all the big cities in India. The other alternative to reach Sri Lanka is by sea. There are a few luxury cruise-liners from Mumbai to Colombo. 

4. Is it a safe destination?

The Sri Lankan Tourism Promotion Bureau assures that tourism is now back to normal in Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, there is also plenty of security in the country.

5. What are the popular places to see here?

Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with gorgeous beaches and several cultural spots to see and enjoy. The capital, Colombo, along with Kandy, Galle and Nuwara Eliya are some of the most popular places to see in Sri Lanka.

6. What are the drinking laws?

The legal age for drinking and purchasing alcohol is 21 years in Sri Lanka. 

7. What is the currency used in Sri Lanka?

The Sri Lankan Rupee is the currency used in Sri Lanka. While you can use credit and debit cards in most places in Sri Lanka, even including the smaller towns, it’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventualities by carrying the Thomas Cook Travel Prepaid Card. It is a secure way to carry money and Thomas Cook is one of the most trusted foreign exchange partners in the world.

8. Will I get WiFi connectivity? Can I buy a local sim card there?

Yes, WiFi connectivity is available in most hotels and guesthouses. If not, the 3G mobile data connection is also very good. It’s quite easy to buy prepaid travel sim cards in Sri Lanka as the process to pick up a local sim card is quite straightforward and easy. Some of the best local telecom companies to choose from are Dialog and Mobitel.

9. What’s the food like there? Can I get Indian food? What about vegetarian options?

Food in Sri Lanka tends to be focused on rice with fish or chicken curry and are accompanied by chutneys and sambols. There are plenty of Indian restaurants in Sri Lanka and it’s relatively easy to find vegetarian options in places like Colombo, Kandy or Nuwara Eliya. In other places such as Galle, Sigiriya and Matara, it might be difficult to find vegetarian food. 

10. What are the emergency numbers in Sri Lanka?

While there are a number of different numbers for police, fire rescue and ambulance, there’s a tourist police number (011-2421052) which ought to be helpful for tourists. There’s also a government information centre which can be accessed by dialling 1919.

11. What are the local travel options here?

Getting around some of the Sri Lankan towns on foot is a good way to get a feel of the place. Other local travel options include taxis which can be found in cities, towns and even some villages or the three-wheelers known as tuktuks or autorickshaws. Do remember to negotiate with these tuktuk drivers.

12. What are some of the things to do here?

Sri Lanka is full of beautiful sights to see and some of the things it offers are ancient ruins in Sigiriya, lush national parks, temples, caves, forts, and of course beaches. 

13. What are the tipping rules here?

Tipping is not a custom in restaurants or taxis although it is customary to round off to the nearest Rs. 150 or Rs. 200.

14. What is it like to travel with infants, children and elderly?

Sri Lanka has much to offer travellers who are accompanied by children. From child-friendly resorts in the West, to national parks with wildlife safaris, there’s quite a bit to see here. Regarding travelling with senior citizens, there are plenty of ways in which they can relax and enjoy the beauty of the country too. From tea estate tours, spas, golf courses to historical sights and delicious food, seniors can truly enjoy a holiday in Sri Lanka.

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