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Important information for your holiday in Sri Lanka

Official Name : Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Country Dialling Code : +94
Time Zone : GMT +5 ½, Daylight saving time is not observed
Languages : Sinhala, Tamil and English
Currency : Sri Lanka Rupee (Rs or LKR). £1=200LKR
Voltage Requirements : 230/240 volts AC, 50Hz, Round three-pin plugs are common
Capital : Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte
Main Airport : Katunayake International Airport
Commercial Capital : Colombo
Religions : Buddhism is the Island’s main religion with Christianity, Hinduism and Islam also being practised
Independence Day : February 4th
General Holidays : Saturdays and Sundays are considered non-working days, another primary public, bank and mercantile holiday is the Buddhist religious day of Poya, celebrated on a monthly basis according to the Buddhist calendar and the lunar cycle. Most establishments are closed on Poya days.
Highest Peak : Mt. Pedro or in Sinhala, ‘Pidurutalagala’
Traveller’s cheques : Accepted in all banks and private money exchanges, a small duty and commission can be charged.
Credit Cards : Accepted in all cities and higher end shopping districts.
ATM : Common all throughout Sri Lanka.
Currency Exchanging : Having local currency at hand is highly recommended, on arrival at the airport currency exchange booths are available and exchanging cash all over Sri Lanka is also possible through all banks and currency exchange establishments.
Medical Facilities : Available all throughout Sri Lanka, the best being private hospitals like the Asiri Group of Hospitals, Lanka Hospitals (previously Apollo Hospital) and Durdans Hospital.
Important Numbers :
  • Fire: 011 242 2222
  • Ambulance: 011 242 2222
  • Police: 011 243 3333
  • Tourist police: 011 243 3342
  • Emergencies: 119 or 118
Tipping : In all restaurants and hotels a 10% service charge is applied to the bill, using your discretion tips towards any local assistants, drivers or service persons is much appreciated.
Shops and Restaurants : Largely open throughout the week except on national or widely celebrated holidays.
Car and Driver : These experienced and dedicated individuals are your active information sources; well versed with all aspects of Sri Lanka they will be able to guide you through your entire holiday and see you safe one your way back home after your holiday comes to a close.