Country Information

SriLanka

Name – Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Capital – Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte (administrative), Colombo (commercial)
Size – 65,610 sq km
Language – Sinhala, Tamil, English
Population – 21.60 Million
Time zone – GMT+5.5
Religions – Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Christian
Currency – Sri Lankan Rupee
Flight time from the UK – 10.5 hours

Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise on earth waiting to be rediscovered. The explorer Marco Polo described it as “undoubtedly the finest island of its size in the world”. Sri Lanka is the perfect holiday destination offering everything a dream holiday should offer: warm tropical sun, hundreds of kilometres of sandy beaches, unique wildlife, an incredible ancient history, and rich culture. The early geographers called it the pearl of the Indian Ocean. Its beauty and charm have seduced many travellers and explorers for centuries.

Sri Lanka

This island has been known by many names throughout its history: Salike, Taprobane and Ceylon are just some examples. Arab traders called the island Serendib and from this name the word serendipity – a discovery made by pleasant surprise – was coined.
Despite its small size Sri Lanka hosts fourteen national parks and eight UNESCO world heritage sites. It also has many distinct weather micro-cllimates, to the extent that for every 20 kilometre travelled, one enters a different climate. There is a thrilling variety of wildlife on the island including leopards, sloth bears and rare bird species found nowhere but Sri Lanka. It has the unique distinction of being home to the two largest mammals in the world: the blue whale and the elephant.

 

Lonely planet has chosen Sri Lanka as their number one destinations for 2013. They recognise the twin lures of friendly locals and pristine countryside. It’s amazing how such a small country can offer so much to see and do; a recipe for a perfect holiday experience.

The Earth Trip specialise in compiling a bespoke itinerary to match your tastes and preferences. Call us today to get expert advice on your holiday plans.

Sri Lanka Visa

Sri Lanka Visa
With effect from 1st January 2012, all Holiday or Business travelers to Sri Lanka must have Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for entering in to Sri Lanka.
Please visit http://www.eta.gov.lk for more information.
TOURIST Visa: ($30)
• Sightseeing, holidaying
• Visiting friends and relatives
• Medical treatment including Ayurvedic and yoga
• Participate in sporting events, competitions and cultural activities

  • Sightseeing, holidaying
  • Visiting friends and relatives
  • Medical treatment including Ayurvedic and yoga
  • Participate in sporting events, competitions and activities relating to cultural performance

Health Information

Pack medications in their original, clearly labelled containers. A signed and dated letter from your physician describing your medical conditions and medications, including generic names, is very useful. If carrying syringes or needles be sure to have a physician’s letter documenting their medical necessity. If you have a heart condition bring a copy of your ECG taken just before travelling.
If you take any regular medication bring double your needs in case of loss or theft. You’ll be able to buy many medications over the counter in Sri Lanka without a doctor’s prescription, but it can be difficult to find some of the newer drugs, particularly the latest antidepressant drugs, blood pressure medications and contraceptive pills.
Vaccinations
Contact your GP around 8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. The doctors will take into account factors such as past vaccination history, the length of your trip, activities you may be undertaking and underlying medical conditions, such as pregnancy.
Most vaccines don’t give immunity until at least two weeks after they’re given, so visit a doctor four to eight weeks before departure. Ask your doctor for an International Certificate of Vaccination (aka the ‘yellow booklet’), which will list all the vaccinations you’ve received.
Country specific information and advice is published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and useful information about healthcare abroad, including a country-by-country guide of reciprocal health care agreements with the UK, is available from NHS Choices.
Emergency medical treatment is not easily available outside main cities, and you may have to be brought to Colombo for treatment. Medical facilities are not always of a standard expected in the UK, particularly outside Colombo. Treatment in private hospitals can be expensive and the options for repatriation to the UK or neighbouring countries in an emergency are limited and very expensive. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.
If you planning to visit Sri Lanka for less than 1 month recommend protection against the following infections:
Diphtheria
Diphtheria is a serious throat infection, which infects from person-to-person through the air. The vaccination should be less than 10 years old otherwise a booster is needed.
Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis)
Infectious hepatitis infects through contaminated food and water. Vaccination consists of two injections about 12 months apart, which protects for up to 25 years. The first vaccination protects for 12 months.
The hepatitis A vaccine can be combined with the vaccine against hepatitis B
Tetanus
Tetanus is a complication to wounds contaminated by soil. If there has been a vaccination within the past 10 years it is not necessary to give a booster in case of wounds and accidents. Tetanus vaccinations are usually given in combination with diphtheria vaccine. If you are previously vaccinated, the vaccine can be given right up to departure.
Yellow fever – transit
Certain countries without yellow fever require a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate if you arrives (even in transit) from a country where yellow fever is present.
If you arrive from a country without yellow fever, there is no requirement for a yellow fever vaccination.
Malaria
Sri Lanka has experienced a 99 percent reduction in malaria burden, from 210,000
cases in 2000 to only 124 cases in 2011(no deaths had been reported), and is working to eliminate malaria by the end of 2014. See your doctor before you travel.

Health Information

Sri Lanka Holiday Weather

The tropical paradise of Sri Lanka is an all year round holiday destination. The average temperatures are between 27-33 degree Celsius in most low-lying areas and coastal areas. In the hill country the temperatures can be cooler than the low-lying areas.
Sri Lanka’s weather is characterised by the two monsoons (South Western and North Eastern). However, the monsoons approach the country from opposite directions to each other. When there is wet season in the South West it is perfect and sunny on the North and East. This makes it always a perfect time to visit this beautiful green island.
The weather pattern doesn’t stick to exact calendar months. It is therefore not uncommon to experience long spells of sunny days during the monsoon period. Likewise, there will be some rain during the dry period.
When to go to Sri Lanka
Mid November – Mid April
It is the perfect time to explore the Central, South and Western regions of Sri Lanka. The dry sunny days and cooler nights are perfect to explore these regions. In the South and West the coast is at its calmest.
Most Inspirational Experiences:
• Blue whales, sperm whales & spinner dolphin watching
• Bird watching
• Sinharaja Rainforest
• Golden sandy beaches
• Adam’s Peak Pilgrimage
• Ancient Cities
• Picnic in the tea plantations
• Trekking in the Knuckles Mountain Range
• Sinhala & Tamil celebration of their New Year in April
April – October
The dry sunny days make these the best months to explore the Northern and Eastern regions of Sri Lanka. The Northern and Eastern Coast are at their best with calm blue and warm waters. Plenty of sunshine and with average temperatures in the North and East between 28 to 36 degree Celsius.
Most Inspirational Experiences:
• White powder sand beaches of the East
• Blue whales, sperm whales & spinner dolphin watching
• Snorkeling around Pigeon Island
• Kandy Esala Perahera
• The Gathering of Elephants
• Surfing in Arugum Bay
• The North and Jaffna
• Tropical fruits & vegetables
Please contact us for advice on which part of Sri Lanka would be best for your requirements.

  • Blue whales, sperm whales & spinner dolphins watching
  • Birds watching
  • Sinharaja Rainforest
  • Golden sandy beaches
  • Adam’s Peak Pilgrimage
  • Ancient Cities
  • Picnic in the Tea plantations
  • Trekking in the Knuckles Mountain Range
  • Sinhala & Tamil New year April

April – October

The dry sunny days make these the best months to explore the Northern and Eastern regions of Sri Lanka. The Northern and Eastern Coast are at their best with calm blue and warm waters. Plenty of sunshine and with average temperatures in the North and East between 28 to 36 degree Celsius.

Most Inspirational Experiences:

  • White powder sand beaches of East
  • Blue whales, sperm whales & spinner dolphins watching
  • Snorkeling in the Pigeon Island
  • Kandy Esala Perahera
  • The Gathering of Elephants
  • Surfing in Arugum Bay
  • The North and Jaffna
  • Tropical fruits & vegetables

Please contact us for advice on which part of Sri Lanka would be best for your requirements.

Flight Details

Sri Lanka has many flight connections worldwide. The Earth Trip always chooses the best flight connection for our clients. Whether you want direct or indirect flights, we will chose the best possible option for you, and give you a range of choices. Wherever in the world you are, we will give you the best route to our destinations.
Sri Lankan Air Lines will take you directly to Sri Lanka from many destinations in Europe: London (UK), Frankfurt (Germany), Paris (France), Milan, Rome (Italy).
There are many indirect flights to Sri Lanka and we will find the best connection for the best price available. .
Are you based outside Europe? There are many interconnecting flights worldwide; we will help you to find the best one. There are also possibilities to stopover somewhere nice for few days and make your holiday even more interesting.