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What To Wear

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.


Banking Hours in Sri Lanka are becoming more flexible as per customer requirements.Banks function from 0900 hrs to 1300 hrs, Mondays through Fridays. Certain city banks close at 1500 hrs and some offer night banking facilities.Apart from weekends banks are do seed on all Public Holidays and special Bank Holidays on June 30 and December 31.

Money Transfer

Money Transfer Services in Sri Lanka ensure that your funds are transferred quickly and reliably in Sri Lanka.


Colour print film is quite widely available but check the use-by date and storage conditions before buying. More specialised supplies should be brought with you from home (remember to check your camera batteries). Lens cleaning materials are invaluable, a polarising filter reduces the fading caused by strong sunlight and silicon gel sachets inside your camera case are a good idea to absorb any humidity. Ask before taking photos of people or religious sites and be wary of photographing dams, airports or other important structures. Don’t use your flash on indoor murals and frescos – it can damage them.

Useful Things to Take

Torch and batteries, insulated water bottle, mosquito net, adhesive tape, alarm clock, wet-wipes, small ruck-sack, fabric shopping bags, padlock.

Useful Items

• neutral coloured clothing, light and breathable fabrics are ideal for the humid climate

• lightweight windproof shower jacket for open air travel at sunrise and sunset, and in case of rain

• fleece, trousers and warm hat, especially in hilly areas

• hat to protect head and neck from sun

• good quality ‘wraparound’ sunglasses with retainer

• small ruck-sack to keep belongings together and dust out


A vaccination for polio and typhoid is recommended to all visitors to Sri Lanka.Innoculation regulations and medical advice can change at short notice for Sri Lanka. In case of doubt, please seek medical advise.

If you are travelling within Sri Lanka, it is advisable to get a Medical Insurance or Travel Insurance for Sri Lanka. Find out the local emergency number and the address of the nearest hospital when you arrive in Sri Lanka.

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