Practical information Sri Lanka

Posted on June 15, 2014 – 01:09 am

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  • Budget: 25 € per day
  • Capital: Sri Jayawardenapura (largest city: Colombo)
  • Population: 21.3 million
  • Language: Sinhala and Tamil (spoken English
  • Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
  • Main Religion: Buddhist
  • When to go: December to March
  • Visa ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) required to do online (30 days = 23 €)


Formerly known as Ceylon,the small island located at the southern tip of India was strongly affected by the tsunami of 2004 and ravaged by civil war for twenty years.Its main attractions are its tropical beaches,ancient ruins of which are cited in the center of the country,the nature (elephants,monkeys and other critters).Due to the civil war several parts of the country remained inaccessible to travelers.Now that the conflict is over,the number of visitors increases year after year,thanks in part to low cost flights from Bangkok.


  • The beaches
  • Surf spots
  • Cities and ancient temples (Polonnaruwa,Anuradhapura)
  • Citadel of Sigiriya
  • Kandy
  • Dive on the west side
  • Easily accessible from Bangkok
  • India in "light" version


  • Poor infrastructure
  • The prices of tours for tourists
  • Dodgy for a girl traveling alone
  • Beaches and temples not as impressive as those of South-East Asia (Angkor Wat and Bagan for example).


Warm all year round but the areas in the center are much cooler than on the coast or the northern plains but there is never cold.Monsoons in April / May and October / November in the West,and in November / December in the East.


India more expensive than,say similar to Thailand.Allow 20 to 25 € per day if you use public transport,more if you are a diver or other activity.The input to various tourist places prices are rather high.


Distributors easily found at major banks.No problems to report to use traveler's check or change the liquid.


ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) mandatory and apply online at this address ,to yourself or a travel agency or a consulate in Sri Lanka if you are abroad.

A tourist visa for 30 days,costing USD 30 (about € 23) and the visa is valid for 3 months after delivery.Once the form is completed online,you will receive a confirmation email and then a second email with the ETA.At the airport,you must present your passport,a printed copy of the ETA and a return ticket.

; 41 Ananda Rajakaruna Mw,Col 10; 9h-16.30h Lun-Vend). Extension of visa to go to a total of 90 days,it will go to the immigration office located in Punchi Borella,Colombo (011-532 9300; ,41 Ananda Rajakaruna Mw,Col 10,9 am to 16.30 Mon-Fri).You can apply on arrival in Sri Lanka.


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2006-01-27 22:53:36 by Emma2323

From there a hop on hop uff bus tour is the cheapest way to get around. We went with Happy Tours and did HCMC-Dalat-Nha Trang-Hoi An-Hue-Hanoi all for US$16! I thought we were going to die on the drive to Dalat, turing corners at night with no headlights but don't let that deter you.
Dalat was our fave place in Vietnam. We visited a monk who paints 100 paintings a day and wants to travel t... Burma, back to Thailand that way.
You could do a full circle Bangkok-Bangkok via in this order Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Tibet, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Burma.
I am jealous of your opportunity.
If you got a multiple entry visa for China you could also Check out South and North Korea, Mongolia, the Stans, and Russia.

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