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Sri Lanka Information

Travel and Local Information Guide

Known as the 'Pearl of the Indian Ocean' Sri Lanka is a beautiful island with an interesting past. Now with the 'Tiger Story' over, the island country can look forward to some peace and rebuilding. 

The island is rich in fauna and flora. The rich green look with heavy and humid air makes for quite a heady combination and the climate does take a bit of time to get used to. Elephant processions are a true mix of both traditional and local, newer customs. The island has many festivals during which you will be able to enjoy Kandyan dances. 

Sri Lanka's coastline is beautiful with many locations where you can rest under palm trees with a cool drink, or if you prefer you can enjoy water sports. If the beaches are not for you then head for the hills. Yes they may not be the Himalayas but they are lush rolling green hillsides flush with tea bushes.

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Getting Around Sri Lanka

Buses and trains are widely available for your use while traveling in Sri Lanka. The only domestic flights are between Jaffna and Colombo. You might prefer to hire a cab rather than the bus if you are not traveling on a shoestring budget. 

There is also the provision of hiring motorcycles for sightseeing if you are not averse to driving one around and are traveling as a couple. A family will naturally need to hire a taxi car. These bookings can be managed by your hotel if you let them know in advance.

Visas

Citizens of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation SAARC nations do not need a visa to visit Sri Lanka. The nation also has treaties with many other nations that allow you to visit without a visa. Check with their embassy or consulate to see if your country is included in the list.

You must have a valid passport, though plus you need to keep it on your person even for sightseeing trips. It must be valid for the entire duration of your stay in Sri Lanka so do ensure that your travel documents are in order before you visit.

Weather in Sri Lanka

Being a tropical island, the weather is usually great all year round but the seasons can actually be divided into the dry and the wet. Once the monsoons hit, you might not want to be around. Light cotton clothing will suffice if you intend to stay in the coastal areas and if you intend to go into hilly country, do carry some light woolens. All in all it is best to plan a visit in the dry period between December to March since this coincides with the Christmas and New Year Holidays; take advantage of that fact and have your holidays in Sri Lanka.

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