Sri Lanka Information Dossier
Location: Sri Lanka is a beautiful island country situated towards the south of India. Sri Lanka is spread over an area of 65,610 square kilometer.
Things you get to see: Sri Lanka has a lot to offer to tourists of all choices. It has wonderful beaches, some breathtaking hills and mountains, wildlife, birds, tea plantations, and a rich heritage of culture, whose documented history can be dated back to 3,000 years. Sri Lanka is home of Buddhism but other religions have also flourished here. Buddhist and Hindu Temples and some nice churches can be seen spread all over Sri Lanka. With good forest cover and endowed with rich nature, Sri Lanka offer plenty of opportunities to enjoy treks in different sanctuaries and forests.
You can see itineraries we have suggested for Sri Lanka right here on the website. Each of these itineraries has loads of experiences and activities put into it. But guests are always welcome to mix and match these and make their own itineraries to suit their tastes.
Sri Lankan Cuisine: Sri Lanka has a fascinating culinary heritage with fusion of local produce with recipes and spices brought to this island country by the Indians, Arabs, Malays, Portuguese, Dutch and English.
The staple dish of the country is rice and curry. But curry can be of various things though – fish, chicken, jack fruit, or eggs. Fish ambul thiyal (sour fish curry) is one of the most popular among curries. This is made of a large firm fish like Tuna. Fish is cut into cubes and sauteed in a blend of spices and dried goraka. Goraka is a small fruit that gives the dish a sour flavor. Kukul mas curry (chicken curry) is also quite common in the country. But there are several variations of this chicken curry, depending on region and taste preferences. Parippu (dhal curry), and Polos (green jackfruit curry) are also quite popular curries.
Wambatu moju (eggplant pickle) is quite common in Sri Lanka as well. Kottu, Sri Lanka's version of hamburger, is quite popular fast food. One of the most favorite street food is the egg hopper. Similar to a pancake, hopper batter is spread thinly over a wok with an egg cracked into the bottom.
One should also try out Lamprais, a combination of the Dutch words for "lump" and "rice." It's a packet of meat, rice and sambol chili sauce wrapped and steamed in a banana leaf. When in Sri Lanka, one must try out wood apple smoothie for sure.
Statutory Warning: Sri Lankan cuisine is not for those who cannot tolerate hot and spicy foods. Local cuisine is incredibly fiery – far hotter than most Indian cooking. It is, therefore, advisable to take necessary precautions.
Sri Lankan Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
$1 = LKR145
INR1 = LKR2.1
Sri Lankan Climate: Sri Lanka is an interesting country as far as its climate is concerned. It is affected by two different monsoons – the South West Monsoon (locally called yala) and the North East Monsoon (locally called maha). While South West monsoon (April to September, with April to June being wettest) brings rains to western and South Western coasts, North East monsoon (November to March, with November and December being the wettest) brings rains to the eastern coast. What this practically means is that some part of the island country is always pleasant for the tourists.
The weather, otherwise, in general in plains and the coastal areas is hot and often humid with an average monthly temperature of 27 degrees Celsius. Relative Humidity is also generally high. The hills are much cooler with an average temperature of around 20 degrees Celsius.
Available Flights: Colombo is well connected by all major cities in India. There are direct flights from New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore. Colombo is also well connected to the Gulf Countries.
Visa:Indians can get visa to Sri Lanka using Electronic Travel Authorization System. Application has to be submitted online by the visitors or by a travel agent or a friend or relative on their behalf. After paying the requisite fee online an acknowledgement slip is generated. This needs to be produced on arrival at Colombo Airport in Sri Lanka.
Guests have to ensure their passports have validity of at least 6 months from the date of their arrival. They should also have to proof of sufficient funds. They have to produce the return or onward flight ticket. Initially guests get a visa of 30 days. This may be extended for a maximum up to six months.