The local currency in Sri Lanka is Rupees (LKR). You are likely to get better rates at authorised money changers as compared to banks or the airport.
Visa cards in general are more widely accepted than other cards.
It’s not safe to drink tap water in Sri Lanka. The most eco-efficieint option is to buy large containers of bottled water from supermarkets and refill your drink bottles as you go. Tap water can be safely drunk only if it has been boiled and filtered.
Sri Lanka is famous for its cuisine. Rice is the staple food and Lankans eat lots of it! Spicy curries and exotic fruit and vegetables are available throughout the Island. You might want to go with "mild" if asked for the level of spice tolerance.
Generally it’s not safe to eat street food. Ask your local guide or chauffeur to assist you in finding safe street food options if you are determined to try it - just don’t hold us responsible for the consequences.
The weather in Sri Lanka is generally hot and humid. However, if you are travelling up country to areas like Nuwara Eliya or Badulla it can be relatively cooler (around 10C at night).
Attire when visiting temples
Temples are sacred in Asia. You need to dress accordingly by wearing loose, modest clothing (covering up to your elbows and knees) when visiting them.
Most temples will not allow you to enter if you wear singlets, tight or transparent clothing. Women are not allowed to wear shorts inside temples. A quick and easy way to get around this is to use your beach wrap like a sarong around your shorts when visiting temples.
The two main local languages in Sri Lanka are Sinhala and Tamil. It is customary for you to be greeted with Ayubowan, which means “long life” and is a traditional Sinhala greeting with hands joined together in a prayer like manner.
English is widely spoken and the chances are you will be understood in most places. If not, your English-speaking chauffeur or guide will help you out.
Sri Lanka is a predominantly Buddhist country. However, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam also thrive on this little Island. You will often see Buddhist temples alongside Hindu Kovils, Churches and Mosques.
For those of you who don’t gender identify as either male or female, please indicate which gender you would be most comfortable sharing a room with by selecting either "male" or "female" from the drop down box at check out.
If you don't want to share you can always pay the single supplement and get a room to yourself.
Tipping is expected and appreciated in most places in Sri Lanka. This is the norm in the travel industry as those of you who have travelled will know.
While, it may not be something that comes naturally to you, for locals it can mean a great deal and the added assurance that you are happy with the services provided.
If you are unsure of the amount, you can check with your chauffeur or local guide. Remember that your chauffeur or guide will also appreciate a tip.
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