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Ceylon(Sri Lanka) General info for Traveller

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Sri Lankan Transport

Getting around during your holiday in Sri Lanka is never a problem as you have many options to choose from depending on your budget and your requirements. If you like to enjoy the island like a local or travelling with a small budget you can always travel around by public buses or trains. For those who seek a little bit more comfort can hire a rental car service with or without a driver to travel around the island. When you are looking for something extra to enjoy you can try a seaplane or a helicopter ride to visit your destination which is indeed quick and promises you the luxurious touch you seek during your holiday in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan Weather

With the sun shining bright throughout the year, Sri Lanka is a tropical island, that offers you the ultimate tropical beach escape you’ve been dreaming of. The island has two climatic zones as a dry zone and a wet zone. Dry zone receives less rain and is high in temperature while the wet zone has a more cool climate with a high humidity level.

The average temperature of the country varies between 27- 31 Celsius. The island received two monsoons every year which are northeast and south-west monsoons. However, the good thing is that no matter which month you are visiting Sri Lanka you will have an area with perfect blue skies to travel and explore.

Sri Lankan General Cultural Rules/Regulations

Four Main Religions

Of all the people in Sri Lanka, most are Buddhist, others are Hinduist, some are Muslim and another group is Christian. They all live quite comfortably with each other and are usually respectful of each other. Older generations don’t believe in intermixing religions with marriage but that is changing with the younger Sri Lankans. Visitors will find Buddhist temples, Hindu kovils, Muslim mosques and Christian churches throughout the island. Some areas are more concentrated with one religion than another. All religions devotees are more concern about the dress code.

You better use full cover dresses to avoid any misunderstandings.

Three Main Languages

The main language of the island is Sinhalese, close behind comes Tamil and the third language is English. Most people, either Sinhalese or Tamil will know a little bit of English, with more of the younger generation learning at a faster rate. All street signs are in the three languages and if its only in one language then it will be English. Locals appreciate visitors learning the local languages but it really isn’t necessary as English will usually be enough to communicate.

There are nearly 30 Public holidays trough out year

All four religions in Sri Lanka have religious celebrations and festivities. Most of these are considered public holidays for the entire country. The most unusual, although memorable holiday is Poyaan island-wide celebration of the full moon. Poya is a public holiday every single month. Sri Lanka is one of the countries with the most public holidays a year for good reason!

Be alert because in all those holidays, all the government offices, almost all the banks and companies are in holiday too.

Sri Lankan calendar with holidays 

Sri Lankan Food & Food Traditions

No Sri Lanka holiday is completed without exploring the Sri Lankan cuisine. Flavoured with an assortment of locally grown spices Sri Lankan cuisine will offer you a range of new flavours that you can’t get enough of. From spicy curries, fresh seafood, street food fresh out of the oven to sweet tropical fruits, Sri Lanka has it all promising every foodie an unforgettable food retreat.

Kottu roti, rice and curry, egg hoppers and string hoppers are a some of the must-try dishes during your holiday in Sri Lanka. Make sure to finish off with a fine Ceylon cuppa to complete your culinary experience in Sri Lanka.

Almost all Sri Lankan foods are very Spicy and Salty. 

Sri Lankan beverages – Ceylon Tea and King coconut

The finest tea in the world is produced in Sri Lanka. In spite of the change of name of the island in the year 1972, Sri Lanka’s tea is still branded & marketed as Ceylon Tea. Ceylon tea, with its fine, rich flavor & bright golden color has no rival in terms of quality. Ceylon Tea remains a cornerstone of the economy of Sri Lanka, being second biggest export behind Garments.

Among the memorable experiences encountered here is the lingering taste of its exquisite natural drink – king coconut water. The King coconut water is the favorite beverage of the Sri Lankans, which is becoming increasingly popular with the tourists. The king coconuts, locally called ‘thambili’ are a bright-orange coloured variety of coconuts which are indigenous to Sri Lanka. These are extensively found throughout the country especially on the beaches and roadside kiosks which are in plenty during the dry, hot summer months.

Don’t forget to taste a cup of World Finest CEYLON TEA and a King -Coconut

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