General Information &

Travel Tips

Time Difference

Sri Lanka is 5 hrs. ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

 Telephone, Fax, E-mail & Internet Facilities
International Direct Dialing. Telex facilities, Internet & E-mail and postal and telegraphic facilities are widely available.
Your Money’s Worth

Foreign currency rates of exchange are announced in the press daily. These rates can be obtained from Banks, Hotels and money changers.

One Sri Lanka Rupee is made up of 100 cents.
Banking hours
Normal Banking hours are : 0900 hrs. to 1500 hrs. on Mondays to Fridays. Banks are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.
Credit Cards
Reputed credit and charge cards are widely accepted by tourist establishments in Sri Lanka

Operates on four channels-ITN, RUPAVAHINI, MTV & TELESHAN (T.N.L.). BBC, CNN & star TV is available at all 5 star hotels


Voltage : 230 – 240 volts 50 Cycles A.C.

Embarkation Tax

Rs. 500/= at Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake (These taxes are subject to change)


The Department of National Museums is devoted to the study and display of objects of culture and of artistic and scientific interest pertaining to Sri Lanka’s prehistory, archaeology, anthropology, zoology, entomology, geology and palaeontology. Museums are situated in Colombo, Pettah, Kandy, Kotte, Ratnapura, Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Jaffna.

Archaeological Museums

The Department of Archaeology maintains archaeological museums at Anuradhapura, Kandy, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Jaffna, Panduwasnuwara, Amparai, Yapahuwa and Dedigama.


A Tourist is permitted to take out 6 kilos of tea.