Sri Lanka // The Essentials

When to go

The best time to visit Sri Lanka is December to March.

Visa

You’ll need a visa to be able to enter Sri Lanka. It’s best (and cheapest) to apply for one prior to your trip online (ETA). You can also get a Visa on Arrival which will be more expensive and costs you time and nerves at the airport (for waiting in line).

Dress code

I personally would bring midi/maxi dresses, long pants (culottes or other light pants) and t-shirts. You will get looks when walking around in shorts and this could make you feel uncomfortable. I only wore shorts where it felt appropriate (the beach).

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Currency

No more than 20’000 Sri Lankan Rupee (about 110 USD) should be brought into the country. It’s best to exchange USD at the airport and then getting LKR at an ATM during your travels.

Costs

A private driver for a day will cost about 50$, Buses are way cheaper, but also very crowded and take forever. The train from Ella to Kandy will cost about 40$. Local food is around 1-3$.

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Vaccinations

Hepatits A, Typhoid, Poliomyelitis, Tetanus, Polio, Varicella, Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Cholera. It’s best to ask your GP.

Food

  • Kottu roti (stir fry made with flat bread, veggies, (meat) spices and soy sauce)
  • Fish Ambul Thiyal (sour fish curry)
  • Parippu (dhal curry) – my favorite!
  • Polos (green jackfruit curry)
  • Wambatu moju (eggplant pickle)
  • Pol Sambol (coconut relish)

 

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