G E N E R A L  I N F O R M A T I O N 

 

Geography        

A small island of 65,610 square kms, Sri Lanka lays in the Indian Ocean, south of the coast, 880kms north of the Equator. Coastal beaches merging into jungle and the hill country with peaks reaching a height of 2,400 meters. You'll find terraced tea plantations, water falls and lakes, unspoiled palm lined beaches with coral reefs, rice paddies, wildlife parks filled with animals in their native habitat and much more.

 

Population

Approximately 19.5 Million

 

Capital

Sri Jayewardenepura, Kotte.

 

Commercial Capital       

Colombo, approximately 35 kms from the Airport at Katunayake

 

Languages          

Communication is rarely a problem because English is spoken in most parts of the country. Place names and signboards are in the national languages and often in English also. Official languages are Sinhala, Tamil and English.

 

Ethnic Groups  

Majority of population are Sinhalese 74%, Tamil 18% Muslims 7% and Burghers (descendants of Portuguese, Dutch and English colonists) and other 1%.

 

Religion              

Buddhists 69%, Hindus 15% Christians 8% and Islam 8%

 

Major Exports  

Garments, Gemstones, Tea Rubber, Coconut and Textiles

 

Climate               

Being a tropical country, the low-lying coastal regions have a year round temperature of about 27C. Kandy averages 20 - 25C and Nuwara Eliya 10 - 20C. The hottest time is March to June and coolest, November to January. The southwest monsoon (May to July) affects the southern, western and central areas. The northwest monsoon (December to January) affects the eastern and northern areas.

 

Electricity           

240 volts, 50 cycle AC, a two round pin adaptor is useful.

 

Currency             

Sri Lanka Rupee Bank notes are in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 and coins in Rupees 1, 2, 5 and cents 5, 10, 25, 50.  One USD equals approximately 107.50 Sri Lankan Rupees, at the current rate of exchange.

 

Dining  

Distinctive Sri Lankan curries, Far Eastern dishes, seafood, Chinese meals, Malay food have to be sampled. Western style cuisine is also available everywhere. Fresh fruit is abundant and cheap.

 

Temples             

You should be conservatively dressed and always remove footwear and hats before entering temples and places of worship.

 

Tipping

It is customary to tip at restaurants. A 10% is considered a fair tip.

 

Time difference              

Sri Lanka is presently 5.30 hours ahead of G.M.T.

 

Shopping            

The world's finest tea and spices are grown here. Precious stones are good value and also atiks, silver trays, ornaments and Jewelry.

 

Water  

It is recommend that you drink only filtered water, mineral water and aerated waters which are available at all the hotels.

 

Festivals             

Festivals occur throughout the year. The most famous is the Kandy Perahara, the Festival of the August Full Moon at the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha, in the hill capital of Kandy.

 

Sports  

Water sports such as Scuba diving, water-skiing, wind surfing, boating, sailing, swimming, snorkeling and fishing, golf, tennis and squash. Trekking, camping and fun rafting  are all available.

 

Visa

www.immigration.gov.lk

 

COLOMBO SHOPPING (2 NIGHTS)

 

TOUR CODE: DB-01

 

   

 

Day 01:  Arrival / pickup up from airport and transfer to Colombo.  Overnight at the hotel in Colombo.

 

Day 02:  Breakfast.  Full day shopping in Colombo.  Overnight at the hotel in Colombo

 

Day 03:  Breakfast.  Transfer to the airport for your return flight

 

 

Valid from 01 Apr 2012 to 31 Mar 2013

All prices are per person (Minimum 2 pax)

 

Standard

Twin

Single Supp

1Apr - 31Dec 12

$160

$45

1Jan – 14Feb 13

$180

$55

15Feb – 15Mar 13

$180

$55

16Mar – 30Apr 13

$180

$55

 

 

 

Superior

Twin

Single Supp

1Apr - 31Dec 12

$210

$124

1Jan – 14Feb 13

$220

$130

15Feb – 15Mar 13

$255

$145

16Mar – 30Apr 13

$215

$125

  

Price inclusive:

  • Accommodation at the hotels mentioned or similar in STD rooms
  • Breakfast during stay at the hotel main restaurants as per the program
  • Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle  
  • The services of an English speaking Guide
  • Site seeing and to locations indicated on the program
  • Government Tax

Price exclusive:

  • Lunch, Dinner or any meal not mentioned above
  • Entrance fees to any sites
  • Additional transfers, site seeing or entrance fees to locations NOT mentioned on the program 
  • Cost of the beach hotel drop off
  • Expenses of a personal nature
A:Available - This tour is available for booking.
R:On Request - This tour is on request only
All prices are per person.
If you are interested, please contact your local agent to make the booking or alternatively email us at reservations@toursite.com.au