Sri Lanka

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Whoever is going to travel in Sri Lanka will end up in heaven on earth in terms of both culture and nature. From countless nature reserves with exotic flora and fauna to tea plantations, from snow-white beaches and palm trees to ruin-like temples and from waterfalls to the most surprising dishes: during a trip through Sri Lanka you won't miss out on anything. Enjoy the combination of natural beauty and rich cultural heritage and discover why this country is loved by tourists all over the world!

When you decide to go on holiday to Sri Lanka, the chances are very small that you will regret that choice. If there is one country that can be considered as paradise, this South Asian country is certainly an important candidate. The island has many faces, among other things thanks to the four different religions that play an important role there: Buddhism is central and also Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam. There is no shortage of religious sights, as witnessed in particular by the countless (beautifully decorated) temples, mosques, and Buddha statues.

Traveling in Sri Lanka brings one highlight after the other. In addition to a large number of cultural treasures, you will no doubt marvel at the dazzling nature on the island. On the beautiful northwest coast, you are surrounded by tropical palm trees, the east coast is a combination of dense forest and enchanting beaches, you come across the Yala National Park in the southeast (including a savannah, forests, lakes, impressive rocks, and animals) elephants and buffalo) and the southwest coast is not without reason the most touristic location of Sri Lanka with its beautiful beaches, coral reefs, and palm trees.

Sri Lanka, the pearl in the Indian Ocean

Classic Sri Lanka

7 Days / 6 nights

This 7-day trip takes you to see the most popular and fascinating places in Sri Lanka such as Sigiriya Rock, the Ancient city of Polonnaruwa or the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy.

Discover Sri Lanka

10 Days / 9 nights

Sri Lanka combines the pleasure of white sand, sunshine, and the turquoise sea with an ancient heritage. The island is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered

Grand Tour Sri Lanka

14 Days / 13 nights

The combination of ancient and medieval cities with monuments of great national heritage and breathtaking natural beauty makes Sri Lanka a year-round destination.

Pure Paradise

19 Days / 18 Nights

Our Pure Paradise does justice to its name. On this tour, you will explore the pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka, and the islands of the Maldives, a dream destination for many. You will experience many cultural and historical highlights of Sri Lanka and witness some of the most beautiful landscapes on the island before flying to the Maldives for a 5-night beach extension.

Practical information

Itineraries While we intend to adhere to the route described in your contract, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion, it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.
The contract is a general guide to the tour, region and proposed itinerary any mention of specific wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be encountered, as we can never guarantee what mother nature has to offer us.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Accommodation If a hotel is unexpectedly fully booked, we will always contact you before booking an alternative. We will always offer alternatives of the same level and value for money.
Kindly note that water is scarce in many parts of the world, so we always recommend taking short showers and reuse towels if possible.

Emergency Contact Should you need to contact Your Travel Nation during a situation of dire need. If you do not receive an immediate answer for any reason, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so we may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. We have an emergency line, which will connect you directly with our office.
+1 757 656 3391  

Luggage You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be restricted to one medium-sized rolling bag, duffle bag or backpack, maximum 15kg, plus a daypack. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited.

Packing list
Documents:

• Flight info (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the immigration)
• Insurance info (With photocopies)
• Passport  (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates  (With photocopies)
• Copy of your contract

Essentials:
• Any medication you might need: This should include medication for possible common situations like headaches or diarrhoea;
• Sunblock, sunglasses, hat and lip balm.
• Your electronic devices and chargers.
For camera and lenses; we recommend bringing a wide lens (about 17-55mm) for those scenery pictures, and a GoPro to catch those actionsshots; Renting a camera is not possible. Please ensure your camera equipment is appropriate for different weather conditions;
• Clothes: Comfortable and casual clothing, with khaki, beige or green colours. You should pack T-shirts, shirts with long sleeves, jeans, a sweater and a jacket (for the cold mornings), swimwear (if the accommodation you selected has a pool or if you do a beach extension) and comfortable hiking shoes;
• Insect repellent;
• Refill water bottle;
•  Adaptor for D  and G type plugs.

Laundry Hand washing of clothes can be done at most of the hotels where you will stay. We recommend you bring a non-polluting/biodegradable soap, as well as a roll of simple string to act as a drying line for your clothes. If you arrive in the late afternoon, or if there is poor weather, it may not be possible for your clothes to completely dry. Your hotels may also have a laundry service available at an additional fee.

Visa & Entry requirements Visitors to Sri Lanka visiting for tourism purposes must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) unless they are exempt, before arrival or on arrival to Sri Lanka or they must obtain a visa in advance. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months

Insurance A travel insurance is highly recommended when travelling. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that we highly recommend good medical coverage and repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
We don’t issue any insurances; however, we recommend using www.worldnomads.com

Health We recommend you contact your family physician, or your local travel clinic for the most up-to-date health information at least three months before departure or in case of a last-minute tour, as soon as you confirm your travels. Travellers are also advised to carry a basic first-aid kit and hand sanitisers/antibacterial wipes on their travels. Medical facilities are basic throughout these countries. For your own safety, we strongly recommend that you advise your local guide of any medical condition that may affect you while travelling. Your local guide will be able to inform you of local health advisories (e.g. drinking water quality). Please ensure you have all the inoculations recommended by your doctor.

Allergies and dietary restrictions This is something we take very seriously. Upon booking with us, we will send you a form in which you will be able to indicate any dietary preference or restriction or any specific request you might have. We will then provide that information in advance to all the hotels.

Safety and Security Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. 
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, bank cards, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of your group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our local guides have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Photography and drone laws Please refrain from taking photos of police stations, airports, bus stations, immigration or border crossings, army barracks and personnel, or any government building. It is against the law and will result in the minimum of your film and camera being confiscated. Drone use is allowed in Sri Lanka but several drone laws need to be followed when flying in the country.

Electricity For Sri Lanka there are two associated plug types, types D and G. Plug type D is the plug that has three round pins in a triangular pattern and plug type G is the plug that has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern. Sri Lanka operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.

Religion Theravada Buddhists are the largest religion in Sri Lanka.

Climate Sri Lanka is tropical and consists of very distinctive dry and wet seasons. The average temperature of Sri Lanka usually ranges from28-32℃ which may differ due to global weather conditions as a whole. The temperature can vary from being as low as 16℃ in Nuwara Eliva which belongs to the central highlands and as high as 32℃ In Batticaloa along the eastern coast of the island. However, there are certain areas along the coast that are cooled by the ocean breezes.

Best time to visit The best time to go to Sri Lanka is between December and mid-April, which is considered to be the peak season. Temperatures are fairly constant year-round, with coastal regions enjoying average temperatures of 25-30°C and the highlands 15-18°C on average. If you’re travelling during the summer months (May to September) you’ll want to head towards the east coast and northern regions for dry, sunny weather, as the west and south-west coasts experience rain at this time. On the flip side, the west and south-west enjoy favourable weather conditions during the winter months (October to February) when the monsoon season hits the east and north.

Plastic bags Plastic bags are banned from entering Sri Lanka. However, plastics carrier items known as “Ziplock bags” that are specifically used to carry toiletries will be permitted as they are expected to remain in the permanent possession of visitors and are not expected to be disposed of in the country. 

Money and currency The rupee is the currency of Sri Lanka. Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. We always recommend carrying enough cash if you would like to pay for something in a remote place and the credit card machine cannot connect to any network. 

Tipping Tipping is widely accepted and generally expected. tipping is a customary way of showing your appreciation for services rendered. A general rule of thumb for tipping. Your chauffeur guide will expect something between US$ 10 to 15 a day (depending on your level of satisfaction with his service).

Dress code In the heat of the low country regions, cotton and light natural fabrics such as linen is ideal. Please remember that in a conservative culture like SL, skimpy skirts and brief shorts are not the norm or considered respectable. For women, loose cotton skirts or trousers and tops, and a long dress or skirt. For men cotton trousers or shorts and a T-shirt, or even the traditional sarong. Some warm clothes are recommended if you are heading for the hilly regions, where the evenings tend to get chilly. Nudity is absolutely not allowed anywhere. This includes at the beach. Topless sunbathing is prohibited too.

Why book with us?

Great value for money

With our partners being on the ground and getting the best prices for you, we assure you that our prices are unbeatable.

Travel with Care

Not only do we care about our guests and their experience, the world itself is one of our main concerns.

Customised itineraries

Everyone is different and therefore no request is too crazy. Customise your trip down to the finest detail.

Need any help booking? Call us anytime: +1 (757)-656-3391