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About Sri Lanka
Set in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka has a history dating back to the birth of time. It is a place where Buddhism’s original soul still flourishes, and nature’s beauty remains abundant and unspoiled.
Few places in the world can offer the traveler such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage, and unique experiences within such a compact location. Within a mere area of 40,768 miles lie 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 827 miles of coastline – much of it pristine beach – 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, nearly 500,000 acres of lush tea estates, 250 acres of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls, 25,000 water bodies, to a culture that extends back to over 2,500 years.
This is an island of magical proportions, once known as Serendib, Taprobane, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, and Ceylon. Discover refreshingly Sri Lanka!
Cotton clothes are useful any time of the year, but you will need light woolens for the hills and waterproof clothing or an umbrella. Modest dress for women is advisable, especially off the beach and when visiting religious sites. Don’t forget comfortable shoes, sandals or trainers and cotton socks. If you plan to trek and climb, prepare with suitable gear. Water sports enthusiasts would do well to take their snorkels and diving equipment along.
When To Visit
Sri Lanka is a round-the-year destination for visitors who seek sun and sea. The best time to visit the island is from November to April. The Southwestern coastal area, where most of the beach resorts are located. Kalpitiya, located on the western (North Western) coast, has been declared a new tourist attraction. Many development projects such as hotels and other infrastructure have also been planned to make the East a new tourist destination in Sri Lanka.
The central highlands are pleasantly cool and relatively dry from January to April. The peak season is mid-December to mid-January and March-April during Easter, with a mini peak season in July and August when festivals and pageants are held throughout the country.
Photo Permits & Entrance Charges
Sri Lanka is a photographer’s delight. However, permits are required before you can take photos at specific sites. Entrance tickets to individual sites are available only from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. These tickets cover charges for photography, recording, and parking. Rates are quoted in US Dollars, and rupee parities are subject to fluctuation.
You are allowed to bring into the country duty-free 1.5 liters of spirits, two bottles of wine, a quarter-liter of toilet water, and a small quantity of perfume and souvenirs with a value not exceeding the US $250. The import of personal equipment such as cameras and laptop computers is allowed but must be declared on arrival. However, personal equipment must be taken out of the country upon the visitor’s departure. The import of non-prescription drugs and pornography of any form is an offense.
Sri Lanka Customs: www.customs.gov.lk
Foreign Currency Regulations
Visitors to Sri Lanka bringing in more than US$10,000 should declare the amount to the Customs on arrival. All unspent rupees converted from foreign currencies can be re-converted to the original currency on departure as long as they can produce encashment receipts.
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