General Information

Light cotton dresses and light weight suits. A wide-brimmed beach hat and sun glasses, comfortable shoes/sandals. In the hill country pullovers will be necessary. Visitors should be decently clad when visiting any place of worship. Beach wear is NOT suitable for temples and shrines. All visitors to Buddhist and Hindu temples are expected to be unshod and have their heads uncovered. Topless sunbathing is prohibited.

One Sri Lankan rupee is made up of 100 cents. Currency notes are in the denominations of Rs.10, Rs.20, Rs.50, Rs.100, Rs.200, Rs.500 and Rs. 1000. Coins are in the following denominations: 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, one rupee, two rupees, five rupees and ten rupees.

National banking hours are from 0900 hrs. to 1500 hrs. on weekdays.Banking hours may be different at private banks. Further teller machines(ATM ) are operated through out the day.

Reputed credit and charge cards are widely accepted by shops in Sri Lanka. In some cases the shops may try to add a surcharge to the price of the merchandise purchased. This is not an acceptable practice and in such cases the card company should be contacted so that corrective action can be taken.These services are available at the Depature lounge and in Kandy and Colombo.

Sri Lanka standard time is 6 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Post Offices, Agency Post Offices, and payphone booths provide local as well as I.D.D. facilities. Phone cards of denominations up to Rs.500/- are available at Post Offices and Shops. Foreign cables are accepted at the G.P.O. Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 1.


Sri Lanka Telecom - 94 1 432201


Lanka Bell - 94 1 075375375


Suntel 94 1 074747000


Celltell -94 1 541541


Mobitel - 94 1 330550


Dialog GSM - 94 1 678678


Lanka Internet - 94 1 565071

National daily newspapers are published in English, Sinhala and Tamil languages and Magazine type editions during weekends. A comprehensive selection of International publications, newpapers, journals and magazines are available at newsagents, bookstalls and in hotel foyers.

The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation operates radio transmissions in 9 Languages - Sinhala, Tamil, English, Hindi, Nepali, Kannada, Telungu, Malayalam and Japanese to listeners between 0530 hrs. and 2300 hrs. TNL and other FM Service Transmissions are also available to listeners islandwide.. Please check daily newspapers for programmes.

There are 8 channels in operation - Rupavahini, ITN, MTV, TNL, Dynavision and ETV. A wide variety of programmes covering various subjects are telecast on these channels which include News brief from B.B.C., Sky News & CNN. Please refer daily press for programmes.

230-240 volts 50 cycles A.C.

In addition to Saturday and Sunday, the full moon day (Poya Day) of each month is a holiday in Sri Lanka. On Poya Days all places of entertainment are closed and no liquor is sold. Hotels make special arrangements for customers to order their liquor the day before Poya holiday.

Special Tourist Police Units are available to assist our visitors.
Tourist Police Units

Tourist Police,
Fort Police Station, Bank of Ceylon Mawatha, Fort, Colombo Tel: 433342
Galle Road, Moragalle, Beruwela
Ethukala, Negombo
Pushpadana Road, Kandy. Tel : 08-22222.
Sigiriya Village Hotel Road, Sigiriya Police Station,
National holiday Resort, Bentota. Tel: 03475022.
Police Station, Galle Road, Hikkaduwa. Tel : 0957222

To ensure the health and safety of all guests in Sri Lanka, every tourist hotel has to be equipped with equipment to manage illness and injury. To further ensure that safety standards are maintained, the Sri Lanka Tourist Board is equipping a fleet of ambulances that will be used to bring tourists from the hotel care centres to the closest large hospital or to the nearest point of evacuation if required. The Ceylon Tourist Board and the tourism sector in Sri Lanka are going to great lengths to ensure you enjoy a pleasant stay in Sri Lanka and if any unfortunate occurrence happens, the best health care available is on call at all times.

For information on postal rates contact hotel front desk or No.4, Inquiries Counter, General Post Office, Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 1. (oppostie the President's House), Post Restante - Tel. 326203, For times of arrival and despatch of foreign mail - Tel: 692273. The General Post Office is open day and night for the sale of stamps and for local calls. Business hours are from 0830 hrs. to 1630 hrs. Certain businesses are open on Saturdays till 1300 hrs.

Large scale maps of the island are available at the Survey Department, Map Sales Branch, Kirula Road, Narahenpita, Tel : 585111/585112-6 and Maps Sales Centre, York Street, Colombo 1. Tel: 435328 or at leading bookshops. See also

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