Sri Lanka Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Sri Lanka

Where is it?: Sri Lanka is an island in the Indian Ocean, south of India.

Why do people go here?: Figuratively speaking, Sri Lank reeks of a fascinating island culture, with great access to nice beaches and resorts at a affordable cost. This country is booming with potential.

What are the main entry points?: Travelers generally fly to Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka.

Currency used: Rupee

Country Code for Phones: 94

Area codes for Major Cities: Colombo 1

Religion: Buddhist 70%, Hindu 15%, Christian 8%, Muslim 7%

Population : 20.2 million

Ethnic Groups: Sinhalese 74%, Tamil 18%, Moor 7%, Burgher, Malay, and Vedda 1%

Government: Democratic Socialist Republic

Languages: Sinhala 74%, Tamil 18%, other 8%

Travel Information

Major Cities: Colombo

Attractions: Anuradhapura, Sigiriya

Accomodation: Sri Lanka Hostels

Tourism Office locations and links: Sri Lanka Tourism Office

Off-the-Beaten-Path:
Yala West

Health Issues: Cholera, hepatitis, malaria, dengue fever

Tips for Visiting

When to go: December to March is the best time to visit Sri Lanka, although it can be extremely packed.

Common Phrases: Hello : hello; Bye: aayu-bowan; Yes: owu; No: naeh; Please: karuna kara; Thank you: stuh-tee; Excuse me: sama venna; Sorry: kana gaatui; How much is it?: ehekka keeyada?; What’s your name?: oyaaghe nama mokka’da?; My name is..: maaghe nama…

Specific Events/Holidays: Sri Lanka has an enormous range of festivals, serving the Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Muslim of the island. National Day: February, New Year: March/April, Vesak: May, the Hindu Vel festival: July/August, Kandy Esala Perahera: July/August Kataragama festival: July/August.

Getting Around: Buses and trains service most of the island. You can also rents cars for a descent price.

Good to know: Sri Lanka is one of the most populated countries in the world.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Sri Lanka is the Bandaranaike International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Sri Lanka travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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