FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Sri Lanka is a year-round destination.

Best time for Beach Holiday:

West and South Coast: November to March

East Coast: April to October

ATMs are common in Sri Lanka, and most of them work with Visa (Plus), MasterCard (Cirrus and Maestro) and even AmEx.

In any hotel, foreign currency and traveler's checks may be changed, while good rates are given by commercial banks. It is possible to convert Sri Lankan rupees back to foreign currency at the airport banks that are open 24/7 (keep exchange receipts if necessary).

Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in Sri Lanka

Men should wear T-shirt or shirt and shorts or trousers to cover their knees (or they might be lent a sarong if wearing short shorts). Ladies should wear respectable attire such as slacks or a skirt to cover the knees and a blouse or T-shirt. It is not be advisable for ladies to wear deep necked or sleeveless tops at cultural sites.

The island, with a constant sea temperature of 27 C, is an ideal location for wind-surfing, water-skiing, jet-skiing, surfing, sailing, scuba-diving (including wreck-diving), snorkelling, speed-boating and banana-boating. In addition, there are freshwater opportunities in rivers and ‘tanks’ (reservoirs), such as kayaking and canoeing, and adrenaline-pumping white-water rafting, Whale & dolphin watching trips. Fishing tours.

Rice is consumed with curries (eggplant, potato, green banana, chicken, and fish) that range from delicately-spiced to near-dynamite. There are also hoppers (a pancake-like snack), string hoppers (steamed rice noodles) and pittu (four and coconut mixture). Lamprais- rice and accompaniments baked in plantain leaves – is a legacy of the Dutch. Fresh fish, prawns, crab, squid and crayfish are readily available. Desserts include buffalo curd topped with palm-honey, and the caramel-like Wattalapam. Tasty snacks known as short eats are excellent for trips. Fruit includes mango, pineapple, banana and papaya, and the lesser-known but distinctive sapodilla, Mangosteen, Rambuttan, Woodapple custard apple and beli. Colombo has an impressive range of restaurants specializing in international cuisine.

Sri Lankan cuisine is coconut-milk based, one of the best vegetarian and vegan-friendly cuisines in the world. When trying local cuisine including vegetable-based curries, ensure to check the contents as some dishes may include Maldive fish (Umbalakada – pounded dried fish which is used as a flavor enhancer).

Yes, however full moon days known as poya days which fall once a month which see an enforcement of prohibition for sale at bars, restaurants and hotels. Most areas have a robust drinking culture, although drinking in public is unlawful. Licensing laws—though not always enforced—mean that some places serve no alcohol between 2-5pm any day of the year.

No. We advise you to arrange travel insurance in your own country.

Reservation fee:
After receiving the booking a deposit of 30 per cent of cost. The reservation fee must be paid within 7 days to confirm the booking.

Total payment:
The full tour price is due 30 days before the departure.

Payment methods:
A payment is possible through a bank transfer, Western Union or Moneygram.(Customer should pay all charges for money transfers.)

Since 1st January 2012, all travellers arriving in Sri Lanka must have a visa. Visitors must apply for the official Electronic Travel Authorisation via www.eta.gov.lk There is a small fee for the visa, and you must have at least six months left on your passport at time of travel to obtain one. Citizens from Singapore and The Maldives are exempt. For more information see the Visa section of our Booking Information.

The island, with a constant sea temperature of 27 C, is an ideal location for wind-surfing, water-skiing, jet-skiing, surfing, sailing, scuba-diving (including wreck-diving), snorkelling, speed-boating and banana-boating. In addition, there are freshwater opportunities in rivers and ‘tanks’ (reservoirs), such as kayaking and canoeing, and adrenaline-pumping white-water rafting, Whale & dolphin watching trips. Fishing tours.

Ayurveda is practiced more widely than Western medicine. Many hotels offer Ayurvedic treatment for guests and have qualified practitioners to advise you on how to improve your health or give various types of baths and massages.