An Island republic in the South East Asia, formally known as Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka. It is a multi-religious country making Buddhist a majority by 70%.
Formerly known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka has a tropical climate with hot and humid weather all around the year. Even though Sri Lanka is small country yet you will address a significant difference in climate of each region divides as:
North East (Jaffna and Mannar) where temperature is high throughout the year and rainfall is comparatively lesser followed by South East coast (Hambantota) than other regions,
South western coast from Negombo to Tangalle and Colombo has arguably better rainfall than the later ones and however the temperature often reaches to 30 °C (86 °F) even from December to February.
Eastern coast (Trincomalee, Batticaloa) is hot all around the year with an average temperature of 29/30 °C (84/86 °F), although humidity increases during the rainy season.
South Eastern coast (see Hambantota, Kirinda), which is quite protected from the north-east monsoon, rainfall is quite abundant, as in the north-west peaks in April and May, and a more pronounced one from October to December
The North central region Anuradhapura and the central region i.e. Kandy has an intense heat throughout the year, the rainfall maximum occurs between October and December and very minimum in Summer between June and August. The daily average temperature ranges from 23.5 °C (74 °F) in January to 26 °C (79 °F). Whereas Nuwara Eliya has a spring like temperature throughout the year and nights are often bit cold between December and March.
For the whole year it is recommended to carry a light weight clothing for natural fibres, a light raincoat or an Umbrella, comfortable shoes and scarf for the breeze and a light sweatshirts for Kandy and autumn clothes, a sweater, jacket for Nuwara Eliya. For temples dress neatly and cover a little, also it is mandatory to remove shoes outside temples.
Sri Lanka’s official currency is Sri Lankan Rupees (LKR).
You can easily get any currency exchanged in Sri Lanka at the airports and there are several local agents available in Colombo to get the exchange at a better price compared to that of the airport.
Non touristic areas are lacking behind in terms of ATMs or usage of credit cards hence better to carry cash whenever outside the capital city, Colombo.
Most of banks charges a withdrawal fee of about 200-300 LKR per transaction.
Sri Lankan currency comes in the denomination of 10, 20, 100, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 rupee notes and
Coins are: 5cents, 10cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, One Rupee, Two Rupees, Five Rupees and Ten Rupees.
Credit cards are accepted. Cards are accepted in major city, however, always recommend to carry cash.
ATMs are easily available but must check if the same accepts withdrawal.
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