At a glance
Country Name : Sri Lanka
Commercial Capital : Colombo
Size : 65,525 sq km
Location An island off the south-eastern coast shores of India, 880 km north of the equator, in the Indian Ocean.
Ethnic Groups : Sinhalese- 74 per cent; Tamil- 18 per cent; Muslim -7 per cent; Burgher (descendants of Dutch and Portuguese colonist) and others- 1 per cent
Literacy rate : 91.8%
Time Zone : GMT +6
Language : Sinhala, Tamil, English
Currency : Sri Lankan Rupee
Dialling code +94
Must See’s & Must Do’s
Bask on Sri Lanka’s many Beaches, Climb Adam’s Peak, Discover the reefs of Bentota, Explore ancient Anuradhapura, Go diving around Pigeon Island, Go on safari in Yala National Park, Visit Nuwara Eliya hill station, Imbibe city life in downtown Colombo, Kick back in Kandy, Marvel at Dambulla Cave Temples, Pay a visit to Buddha at Polonnaruwa, Ride the waves in Talalla, Take a hike in Knuckles Range, Visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Wander around Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Watch wildlife in Udawalawe National Park.
Sri Lanka is also known as ‘The Nation of Smiling People’.
Sri Lanka has an elephant orphanage and every year, it serves as the venue of an elephant pageant.
Coconut is a very important ingredient used in Sri Lankan cooking.
The spice cinnamon originated in Sri Lanka and was discovered by the Egyptians.
The national flag of Sri Lanka, the Lion Flag, is considered to be one of the oldest flags in the world.
In most of the countries, nodding your head up and down means yes and moving it back and forth means no. It is the complete opposite in Sri Lanka.
Best time to go
Low Season (May–Aug)
The Yala monsoon season (May to August) brings rain to the south and west coasts plus the Hill Country. The weather in the North and East is best.
Shoulder (Apr & Sep–Nov)
April and September offer the best odds for good weather countrywide. New Year’s celebrations in mid-April cause transport to fill beyond capacity. A good time to wander without a set schedule of bookings.
High Season (Dec–Mar)
The Hill Country plus west- and south-coast beaches are busiest – and driest. With beds in demand, prices peak. The Maha monsoon season (October to January) keeps the East, North and Ancient Cities wet.
Hot Air Balloon Festival (March)
Sinhalese New Year(April)
Horse Racing Festivals Nuwara Eliya (April)
Vesak Poya (May)
Poson Festival (June)
Kataragama Festival (July)
Hikkaduwa Beach Festival (July – Aug)
Kandy Esala Perahara (August)
Money and Costs
Sri Lanka follows the decimal currency system in Rupees (Rs.) and cents (Cts.) with 100 cents equal to a rupee.
1 AED =41.75 Rs.
Visas are valid for a stay of 30 days. Applicants that intend to stay longer than 30 days will need to apply for an extension once they arrive in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan Embassy in Dubai :
8 C Street, Al Mankhool Road, Behind New Dubai Nursery, Tel : +971 4 398 6535
Sri Lankan Embassy in Abu Dhabi :
Villa No. 18 A, Sector E 18/3, Salam Street – Abu Dhabi, Tel : +971 2 631 6444
Website : www.srilankaembassyuae.com
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