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Sri Lanka

Tailor-made tours in Sri Lanka

Nicknamed “The Pearl of the Indian Ocean”, Sri Lanka offers many opportunities for unforgettable holidays.

The island is a fantastic destination for both beach and adventure lovers thanks to its white sand coasts, jungles, mountains and rivers. You cannot get bored!

Despite its small size, the island is blessed with places to visit and things to do. Visit the Cultural Triangle to explore Sri Lanka’s ancient history, go on an wildlife safari, enjoy culinary traditions, attend festivals, or relax on the beach. The island is blessed with a myriad of landscapes, from tropical forests and mountains, to beautiful beaches. It's always in-season somewhere in Sri Lanka- the southwest between December-April, and the northeast between May-September.

If you want to discover Sri Lanka in a different way, and immerse yourself in the local life, we offer homestay tours.

Your travel expert - Sri Lanka

Sujeevan

Sujeevan

I am proud to be from Sri Lanka, a country rich in diversity, a country with many incredible historical sites, lush forests, beautiful mountains, idyllic beaches and majestic flora and fauna. I come from a small mountain town where you can admire this lush nature and breathtaking scenery. My region offers many places off-the-beaten-path for unique experiences. After spending a few years in France, I decided to return to my home country and join the tourism industry in 2012. My passion is to create authentic tours for my clients to explore the island and leave with unforgettable memories of the pearl of the Indian Ocean.

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Sri Lanka FAQs

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Sri Lanka can be visited all year long with an average of 27°C, but there are favorable seasons for certain parts of the island. December to April is the best time to visit the West and South Coasts and May to September for the East Coast.

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You need to apply for E.T.A visa (Electronic Travel Authorization) to visit Sri Lanka. The visa request has evolved a bit since Sri Lanka reopened its borders to tourism on 21st January 2021. You will have to apply for a visa and receive the approval, before booking your airline tickets (the airline will ask a visa proof on booking)

Before filling out your visa application online at http://eta.gov.lk/slvisa/, make sure that you are done with the steps listed below:

1) You have booked your hotels and obtained a booking reference number. During the first 14 days of your trip, you can only book Safe & Secure Level 1 hotels. Check with us for more information about these hotels. Note that there is no minimum stay required, and you can move between hotels Safe & Secure Level 1 Hotels.

2) Pay for PCR tests and mandatory COVID-19 Insurance Cover. Currently, PCR tests and insurance are purchased through your hotel or your local agency, but a travel app is being developed and will be released soon for covid related matters. Each PCR test will cost 40 USD/ test/ person, with 2 tests required for a trip of less than 7 days, and 3 tests for a trip exceeding 7 days. The insurance is provided by People’s Insurance, is valid for a period of one month, and will cost 12 USD/person. Confirmation of these purchases will be requested during your visa process.

Go on: www.eta.gov.lk as soon as your bookings for your accommodations, PCR tests and insurance are finalized. Pay for your ETA visa online: 35 USD/ person (20 USD /person for SAARC countries citizens). Currently, the visas being issued are valid for 30 days, but there will soon be a 3 month option. If your visa is for 30 days, you can ask for a visa extension of up to 3 months upon arrival at the airport in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan visa authorities will process your visa request and get back to you shortly with approval, sent by email. Make sure to print out your receipt and take it with you on your trip! Once your visa approval is received, you can proceed to book your return flight. The airline might request your proof of visa on booking.
On arrival in Sri Lanka, you will have to fill out an arrival card and a health declaration form for Immigration counter. Both documents are usually provided on board your plane prior to arrival, but, in case you did not get them, you can find them in the arrival hall.

Remarks: Please bear in mind that the ETA processing fee is not refundable or transferable. Visas on arrival are no longer available until further notice. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your date of arrival in Sri Lanka. A negative PCR test, completed within 96 hours of your departure flight to Sri Lanka is compulsory for any trip to Sri Lanka.

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Despite the high temperatures, you'll want to pack something warm for mountain excursions and something modest that covers your shoulders and legs for religious sites. Here are some other things to consider bringing:

- A raincoat
- Cool weather clothes for cool evenings and for touring the Hill Country
- Appropriate footwear for climbing Sigiriya and Dambulla
- A pair of socks to protect your feet from the hot ground when you remove your shoes to visit temples
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
- Mosquito repellent (for skin and clothes)
- Hat or cap
- Swimwear
- Binoculars for jeep safaris
- A reusable water bottle (to limit the usage of plastic bottles)
- A flashlight is always useful
- An old phone to use with a local SIM card
- A small first aid kit and prescription medication (there are many pharmacies in Sri Lanka if you need something)

If you’re hiking:
- Good walking shoes
- Long thick pants and high socks to cover the pant bottoms and protect you from leeches (necessary in Sinharaja and Knuckles Range regions)

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While there are no mandatory vaccines, we recommend you be up to date on universal DTP (diphtheria-tetanus-polio) vaccines. Consult with your doctor regarding vaccination against tropical diseases at least 3 months before your arrival. Yellow fever vaccination certificates are required for those travelling from countries at risk for this disease.

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Sri Lanka is a relatively safe country. However, as in any country, you have to be careful and trust your intuition. Pickpockets are often present in crowded tourist sites. Keep an eye on your belongings and keep your valuables close to your body.

Sri Lanka is not a dangerous country for women traveling alone, but some precautions are probably worth mentioning here. Be careful who you befriend as single women are sometimes targeted. Don't walk alone at night and dress modestly to match the culture of the country when you are out and about. But feel free to wear your swimsuit at your hotel and on the beaches in the East and the South where locals are accustomed to foreign tourists.

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The Sri Lankan Rupee is the only official currency of the country. However, Euros and US Dollars will be accepted on main cultural sites or in large hotels. You can exchange currency at exchange offices, banks and hotels (euros and dollars). On the other hand, in order to avoid the risks of fraud and limit bank fees, we advise you to use cash and make withdrawals via ATMs (local distributors) as this is the most common and, simple means of payment.

February 2021, 1 USD = 193 LKR and the largest ticket in Sri Lanka is 5,000 LKR = 25 USD.

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It is very easy to travel in Sri Lanka thanks to the multiple types of transport, whether with a city itself or from one city to another. Tuk-tuk, trains and bus transport, cost just a few hundred rupees.

If you take a tuk-tuk in Colombo, make sure it has a meter! Count 40 LKR per kilometer (60 LKR the first). You can download Pick Me and/or Uber to order a tuk-tuk.

In other cities, it will be necessary to appeal to your negotiation skills. Make sure you have settled the fare amount with your driver before leaving.

If you want to take the local bus, good luck! Local buses are often crowded and noisy with music at the highest possible volume, however, it's fun to experience.

Train journeys in Sri Lanka are a unique experience, and they cross breathtaking landscapes. If your tickets are purchased by your travel agent, you will have a guaranteed seat. It is also possible to buy tickets on the spot, without a guaranteed seat. There are special, new train cars just for women if you like. Be prepared to be flexible as delays are common. Excuse any train delay!

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Sinhalese and Tamil are the official languages of Sri Lanka. Sinhalese is predominant in most of the country, about 73.8% of speakers are Sinhalese and 20% are Tamils.

English is recognized as a “link” language in the constitution. Today, the three languages are taught at the primary level.

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With an area of about 65,000 km2, the island has more than 22,576,000 inhabitants, made up of several ethnic groups. Seventy five percent of the total population is Sinhalese, mainly Buddhist, sixteen percent is Tamil and mainly Hindu, and the rest of the population is made up of Muslims and Christians. Also, in terms of community, there are Burghers who are the descendants of the first Dutch and Portuguese settlers, and ethnic minorities such as Sri Lanka's indigenous people, the Veddas. Despite a civil war from 1983 to 2009, which pitted the Sinhalese and Tamils against each other in a conflict for independence, they live together in peace today. Sinhalese and Tamil are both taught at school and everyone is accepted.

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Religion is an integral part of life for the people of Sri Lanka and it is important to know a few things so as not to accidentally disrespect them when visiting religious sites. Choose outfits that cover your shoulders and knees; take your shoes off at the entrance (hint- wear flip-flops to make it easy) don't turn your back on Buddha; don't take selfies in the temple.

If you want to eat with your hands as the locals do, use only your right hand because the left hand is considered impure (especially for Muslims and Hindus).

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