Sri Lanka

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Capital City: Colombo (executive and judicial) and Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte (Colombo suburb; legislative)

Official language: Sinhala, Tamil
Recognised language: English

Currency: Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)

Time zone: Sri Lankan Standard Time (UTC +5.30)

Calling code: +94

Climate: Sri Lanka’s climate is consistently warm and sunny and conditions rarely grow cool, even at night. Coastal lowland areas experience the highest temperatures and humidity (although sea breezes can freshen daytime temperatures). Rain occurs throughout the year but it is heaviest in the southwest from April to June and October to November. This tends to be a downpour in the afternoon and can be accompanied by thunderstorms. The northeast is the driest and only has one main rainy season from October to January Click here to see the weather forecast for Sri Lanka.

Health & Safety:

Useful links:



  • Flower: Blue water lily
  • Bird: Sri Lankan Jungle Fowl
  • Animal: no official animal but unofficially the elephant, lion and grizzled giant squirrel are considered to be

Useful facts:

  • Drive on the left
  • Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon from the beginning of British colonial rule until 1972
  • Click here for turtle facts



Bandaranaike International Airport

Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport

Unawatuna Sri Lanka beach



Useful Websites: Sri Lanka Tourism

Visas: You can obtain an ETA 30-day visa online (click here for an extension). Prices can be found via this this link.


Where to stay:

Special events:

Sri Lanka Bucket list:

  • Check out the views from the top of Sigiriya
  • Temple of the Tooth
  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • Visit a turtle hatchery – you may even be lucky enough to see turtles being released into the sea (once the sun starts to go down)
  • Visit a tea plantation in Nuwara Eliya
  • Go on safari in Yala National Park
  • Visit the beaches of Unawatuna
  • Watch the balancing act of the stilt fishermen (they will probably come over and ask for money if you take a photo of them in the sea)
  • Find your favourite fabric and get some clothes made


Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Releasing turtles into the sea

National Parks

List of national parks in Sri Lanka




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