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On the tear-drop shaped island of Sri Lanka, you’ll discover emerald green rolling hills ripe with Ceylon Tea, climb to the top of a 200 meter ancient hilltop fortress, and explore a whitewashed temple with beautifully hued interiors that shelters a tooth of Buddha. And along the way, you’ll encounter quaint villages with friendly locals, wild jungles ruled by Asian elephants, and absolutely delicious Sri-Lankan cuisine. Join Friendly Planet for an unforgettable experience at an amazing price!

Tours & Packages to Sri Lanka

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Best of Sri Lanka
Get off the beaten path: Colombo & Habarana, cultural Kandy, Nuwara Eliya's tea plantations, 2 game drives in Yala National Park & the beach at Galle
13 days  •  from $3799
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Sri Lanka? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte (official) and Colombo (commercial)
Population:  21.2 million
Currency: Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
Languages: Sinhala, Tamil and English
Drives on the: Left
Time zone: SLST (UTC +5:30)

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least six months from your expected return date, with at least one blank page.

U.S. passport holders must have a visa to enter Sri Lanka. For tourist stays up to 30 days, obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) through the Sri Lankan Government's ETA website no more than 90 days prior to arrival, and print and carry a copy of the ETA when you travel. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? We will send visa instructions for U.S. passport holders.

If you hold a passport from another country, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements.

More information about passports & visas.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

According to the Center for Disease Control, there are no requirements for travel to Sri Lanka. It is recommended, however, that all travelers are up to date on routine vaccinations such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. It is also recommended to talk to your doctor about vaccines for Hepatits A and Typhoid.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Weather

When traveling to Sri Lanka, November through mid-April is the best time to visit. Sri Lanka’s proximity to the Equator means temperature remains fairly consistent year round. Lowland and coastal areas can range from 80 to 90 degrees, with temperatures into the low 100’s during the hottest part of the day. As elevation increases, temperatures will drop. In Kandy, temperatures are between the mid 60’s and low 70’s. In Nuwara Eliya and the highest elevations, temperatures vary from the mid 50’s to low 60’s.

Tipping

At restaurants, approximately $1 per person. Hotel porters, approximately $1 per person. Guides and drivers are also tipped at your discretion, please see your travel documents for guidelines.

Money

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card abroad.

Shopping

Shop for masks, batiks, lace, metalwork and lacquerware, previous and semi-precious gems and jewelry (if you know what you’re looking for), as well as tea and spices. 

Stay away from the purchase of polished shells or pieces of coral, as this is a contributing factor in Sri Lanka’s endangered marine environment. Keep in mind the export of marine or other animal products is illegal.

Electricity & Power Adapters

220-240 volts. Plugs D & C. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

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