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How to Get Around

Sri Lankan climate is tropical, with distinct dry Privately hired vehicle with a chauffeur is a Best and recommended way of transportation when travelling in Sri Lanka is hiring a chauffeur driven private car or van for the entire trip. Though Sri Lanka is a small country, it requires considerable time of driving from destination to destination. You can leave your luggage in the vehicle when you have your own privately hired vehicle. If you are travelling with kids, it is convenient of having a vehicle and driver at your disposal. We do not recommend self driving in Sri Lanka as adherence to rules and regulations seems to be neglected.

Taxis – Hiring a taxi from point to point will be cheaper than having your own privately hired vehicle with a chauffeur but taxi drivers do not speak good English. As the taxi leaves after dropping you, you have no way of keeping your luggage while you explore.
Public transportation – Not so developed and not on time. Unless you are backpacking, we do not recommend this method. But it is fun to take a scenic train ride from Kandy to Ella or even taking a short bus ride to experience how locals travel.
Domestic flights – There are private operators of scheduled and chartered domestic flights in Sri Lanka. If you are with time constraints, we would recommend considering taking scheduled domestic flights especially to and from Trincomalee, Passikudah, Yala, Sigiriya and also from Kandy.
Currency, Credit Cards And ATMs
Sri Lanka’s official currency is Sri Lankan Rupees (LKR). You can easily exchange any major currency notes such as USD, GBP and Euros at CMB Airport from a banking counter or any bank in Sri Lanka or a money exchangers in main touris cities. You need to produce your passport for currency exchange in the banks, if money exchangers or Jewellry shops it is not necessary. Visa, Master, American Express cards are widely accepted in Hotels, Restaurants and shops. Make sure you contact your card issuing bank before arriving in Sri Lanka to enable the card to use in Sri Lanka. Other foreign cards are not widely accepted. ATM machines which supports Visa, Mastercard, Sirrus, Maestro and Plus networks are widely distributed in main and small towns. These will enable you to draw Sri Lankan currency at ease.
Mobile Phones And SIM Cards
At the arrival lounge of CMB Airport, you can purchase a pre-paid tourist SIM card with data and voice facility from major mobile operators in Sri Lanka, Dialog and Mobitel are widely covered major mobile network operators in Sri Lanka.
What To Wear and what to bring
Sri Lanka is a tropical country. Therefore, cotton clothing is suitable to wear and dont remeber to bring sun protection lotion, mosquito replants, sun glasses, slippers and casual/leisure clothing.
Entering Religious Places
Be modestly dressed. Specially at Buddhist and Hindu Temples, cover your legs up to ankle length. Refrain from wearing skinnies or revealing cloths. Remove your caps/hats and shoes when entering a religious places.
Do not pose in front or by the side of a Buddha statue it is considered extremely disrespectful or try to touch or try to photograph a Buddhist monk without prior assent. Climbing on stupas and statues are considered sacrileges so please avoid it.

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