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TOP 08 SRI LANKA TRAVEL GUIDE – 2021

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Sri Lanka is an island of 65,610 Km in size and surrounded by the Indian Ocean of South Asia. Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte is its capital city, and Colombo is its biggest commercial city. If you are looking to visit Sri Lanka, I hope you have the following Sri Lanka travel guide bits of help to reduce your money and time in Sri Lanka.

1. SRI LANKA TRAVEL GUIDE – VISA BEFORE ARRIVAL

VISA TO SRI LANKA

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Many tourists must obtain Visas before they enter Sri Lanka. That is, no one is legally allowed to travel to Sri Lanka without a Visa. Getting a Visa for two methods is as follows,

Apply Online Visa (E-Visa)

This is the most popular Visa application process among travelers. The Visa application fee is also minimal. To apply for E-Visa in Sri Lanka, you must visit the website of Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) and enter your details and confirm that the payment (You can pay with a Credit card). Visa confirmation may take a day or a couple of days. The validity period of E-Visa is 30 days from the date of issue and may be extended to another 60 days if you want to stay longer. You are want to extend another 60 days you should go to the Immigration and Emigration Department in Colombo. That is, a foreign traveler can stay in Sri Lanka legally for up to 90 days.

Non-SAARC Countries – US$ 35 for 30 days with double entry

SAARC Countries – US$ 20 for 30 days with double entry

 Obtaining Visa at the Airport

You can get a Visa at the airport, and it takes a lot of time. If you do not get a visa, you will not be allowed to enter Sri Lanka.If you are a citizen of Maldives, Singapore, or Seychelles, you do not need a visa for up to 30 days. If you interesting travel to Sri Lanka and more than 30 days longer stay, Visa applies directly to the embassy.

My personal Sri Lanka travel guide recommendation is If you can, Get E-Visa to save your money and time. All you have to do is apply for an E-Visa a month or a week before you arrive.

You can apply for the e-Visa Here…. 

2. SRI LANKA TRAVEL GUIDE – PURCHASE A LOCAL NETWORK (NETWORK CONNECTION)

SIM CARD SRI LANKA

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4G available in Sri Lanka in most of the city areas. Dialog has a sim available to travelers at the airport, and the value is RS. (Sri Lankan Rupees) 1,299 (US$8). Following facilities available for you,

  • 10GB data
  • International Calls & SMS (LKR 600)
  • Local calls & SMS (LKR 350)

Sri Lanka already has 04 mobile Network providers. But the best network coverage is provided by Dialog. Therefore my recommendation is Dialog.

If you missed the Dialog counter at the airport, don’t worry, you could walk into any retail outlet located islandwide. If you want to top up your sim in any grocery shops, Communication shops in reload machine or cards. In most grocery shops, Communications accept by cash only.

Most of the Hotels, Restaurants are provided Free of charge WIFI facilities for visitors. Therefore not warry about connect to Internet access to your needs.

3. SRI LANKA TRAVEL GUIDE – FOREIGN CURRENCY EXCHANGE AND BANK FACILITIES

CURRENCY SRI LANKA

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The currency used in Sri Lanka is Sri Lanka Rupees and which is the short name RS. If you want to exchange foreign currency, you can be done at the airport currency exchange agencies. The rates are comfortable and reasonable. If you are unable to exchange money before departure from the airport, you can transfer your money from an islandwide of government and private banks in Sri Lanka.

The banks are open from 8 am to 3 pm on weekdays, and some banks are open till night. It is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and Bank Holidays. Many foreign currency exchange companies are located in major cities throughout Sri Lanka. Also, most of the hotels you stay in have foreign currency exchange facilities. It is advantageous to have foreign currency exchange rates check online the day you go to exchange money. Using that information giving to you select the best option for the day and collect a lot of money for your travel.

Any person may traveler visiting can bringing to the US $ 15,000 to Sri Lanka. The amount of money that you are carrying must be determined by the budget you wish to spend in Sri Lanka.

4. SRI LANKA TRAVEL GUIDE – TRANSPORT SYSTEMS IN SRI LANKA

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There is an extensive road network spread throughout Sri Lanka, which originates from the commercial city of Colombo. In Sri Lanka, Buses, trains, and taxis as the main transport mode. Sri Lanka is 432 KM in length and 224 KM in width. Because of this exclusive location, a traveler will be able to travel from one place to another in just a few hours. So in Sri Lanka, you will be able to complete your tour in a few days.

When you are traveling in Sri Lanka, travelers can afford to select travel methods at different price ranges. If you are carrying large luggage and are planning to use an inexpensive mode of transport method in Sri Lanka, you may be more suitable for the bus and train.

Common Bus

This type of buses an inexpensive mode of transportation in Sri Lanka and often has a short distance away from travel. This type of buses is passing slowly and stops at every bus stop.

Semi-luxury Buses

Fares are more expensive than common buses and often go a long way distance. This type of buses is passing is not slow and not stops at every bus stop.

Intercity Buses

This type of bus is a more expensive model of transportation compared to common buses in Sri Lanka and often has a long distance. This type of bus is air-conditioned, and luggage space is minimal for the user.

Luxury Buses

These buses are used for major tourist destinations from Colombo and are run on highways. All buses are air-conditioned, comfortable seats, and quantitative luggage space is for the user.

Railways

There is a systematic Railway system spread throughout Sri Lanka, and the tourist attraction provides transportation to many destinations. Sri Lanka can be divided into General, Intercity, and Express Trains. First Class, Second Class, Third Class, and also Reservation Seats are available. 

Taxi / Tuk-Tuk

Used for short trips in Sri Lanka and can go several people at one time. Common in Sri Lanka, there are meter mounted and non-mounted tuk-tuk. The price is reasonable. If you use a non-mounted meter tuk-tuk, it is preferable to agree to both parties at a price that is specified by the destination where they will go before.

In the Sri Lanka town area, Uber and Pickme (Locally develop application) Tuk-tuk and taxi are available in the fair price range.

5. SRI LANKA TRAVEL GUIDE – PEOPLE, CULTURE, AND LANGUAGE

SRI LANKAN PEOPLE, CULTURE

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The majority of Sri Lankans are Sinhala and are inhabited mutual familiarity by Tamil, Muslim, and Christian people. Mainly most peoples are used by Sinhalese and Tamil language. Many people can speak English. There are plenty of English speakers in the main tourist attraction areas, so if you need some help possibility of getting those peoples to give it to you.

When you visit Sri Lanka, Sri Lankans always try to help travelers. Sri Lankans always show a polite smile. Then it is best to respond with a smile. Sri Lanka is a country famous for hospitality, and they are kindhearted and welcome people around the world.

6. SRI LANKA TRAVEL GUIDE – SAFE FOR TOURIST

SRI LANKAN SAFE FOR TOURIST

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Sri Lanka is a conducive environmental country for the traveler. Travelers can organize their travel as a group or individuals. Sri Lanka is a friendly travel destination for women. But you should not do travel alone at night for your safety. If you want to make travel easier, seek the help of a travel consultant. This makes it possible for travelers to travel to more travel destinations in a few days. 

People living in Sri Lanka use tap-line water for the drink. Travelers should be sure to buy bottled drinking water for your drinking needs. Maximum price of a bottle of bottled drinking water 1.5L for Rs. 80 (US$ 0.42).

7. SRI LANKA TRAVEL GUIDE – TOURIST SEASON

SRI LANKA TOURIST SEASON

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Sri Lanka has two distinct monsoon seasons in different parts of the country in a year. This two different monsoon makes an excellent travel destination for the traveler in throughout the year. You should stay and plan to travel the right side of the island according to these different two monsoon seasons in the year. If you can come monsoon times, you can see fresh weather and a greener environment.

The Southwest monsoon start in Sri Lanka is between May to September and the Northwest monsoon start is between May to September in the year. Every year most tourists visiting Sri Lanka during the time of January to March and July to December. 

8. TRAVEL INSURANCE

SRI LANKA TAVEL INSURANCE

If you get travel insurance before leaving your home country, it may be given more benefits to you during your travel. Travel insurance will cover and provide to you as follows,

  • Medical expenses (accident or illness)
  • Personal Accident covers
  • Loss of Checked-in Baggage
  • Delay of Checked Baggage
  • Loss of Passport
  • Equipment loss/damage
  • Missed Departure

Travel insurance does not expense you, and it is a way of reducing the risk of the traveler. Therefore, my personal Sri Lanka travel guide is if travelers can get travel insurance before living your home country, it may help you minimize traveler risk in the future.

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