Helpful Sri Lanka Travel Tips

Are you looking for a destination with amazing sunsets, Instagrammable beaches, and hospitable locals? Then Sri Lanka is the place to be! Sri Lanka is like a mix between India and Southeast Asia and combines the best of ‘both worlds’. It’s a more peaceful and cheaper version of Southeast Asia and a cleaner and more organized version of India. In addition to this, Sri Lanka is a budget-friendly and welcoming country but there are still some things you should know. Hopefully, our helpful Sri Lanka travel tips will help you make the most out of your trip!

Basic Information About Sri Lanka

1. Population

Sri Lanka is home to 21.6  million people. Around 75% of the total population consists of ethnic Sinhalese. The main minority ethnic groups are Sri Lankan Tamils, Sri Lankan Moors, Indian Tamils and others.

2. Official Language

The official language is Sinhala and Tamil.

3. Currency

Sri Lanka''s official currency is the Sri Lankan rupee (currency code LRK). One Euro/US dollars is equal to roughly 210-193 LRK.

4. Geography

With a territory of 65,610 square kilometers, Sri Lanka is the 25th largest island in the world by area. Sri Lanka is located the Indian Ocean southwest of the Bay of Bengal, and separated from the mainland portion of the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Strait.  Fun Fact :- Sri Lanka is also known as "tear drop of India".

5. Climate

Sri Lanka has a tropical climate with two different seasons. The wet season (April- November) and the dry season (December-March).

6. Economy & Budget

Sri Lanka is a upper middle-income country with a free-market economy. Backpackers can survive with around $20 per day, while mid-range travelers spend between $50 and $70 per day on average.

7. Capital 

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte is the official capital with total population of 115,826 but Colombo is the economic center with total population of 752,993.

Books to read before traveling to Sri Lanka

The Village in the Jungle

 by Leonard Woolf

Island of a Thousand Mirrors

 by Nayomi Munaweera

This Divided Island

by Samanth Subramanian

The Tea Planter's Wife

by Dinah Jefferies

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