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What language is spoken in Sri Lanka?

The official languages of Sri Lanka are Sinhala and Tamil.

Is English spoken throughout Sri Lanka?

English is fairly widely spoken throughout the country, however, you shouldn’t assume that everyone can speak the language.

What currency is used in Sri Lanka?

The currency used throughout the country is the Sri Lankan rupee. Mastercard and Visa are widely used where credit cards are accepted as payment.

Do I need a visa to travel to Sri Lanka? 

A visa is required before entering the country. A 30-day tourist visa can be acquired online for Canadian and American passport holders.

Is Wi-Fi readily available?

Internet access is good in most major areas of Sri Lanka. Wi-Fi is available at most restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels, and malls, although you’ll find gaps in service in remote areas and villages.

Can I use my cellphone in Sri Lanka? 

Travellers can purchase a SIM card in India, but we suggest you check with your cellular provider to know what your options are as you might be able to get an affordable roaming plan with your current provider.

Is it safe to drink tap water?

It is strongly advised not to drink tap water in Sri Lanka. It’s best to stick to treated and filtered water.

When is the best time to travel to Sri Lanka?

If you’re visiting the west and the beaches on the south coast, the best time to travel is from December to March. The east coast experiences a slightly different weather pattern, so the best time to visit is from April to September. If you plan to go to Yala National Park make sure you avoid September as the park is usually closed for conservation efforts.

Is there transportation within Sri Lanka?

Since Sri Lanka is a small country, driving is the best way to get to most regions. Goway passengers will travel by private vehicle or bus if taking a group tour. To travel from Kandy to the tea plantation area, it is common to take the express train.

Is Sri Lanka a family-friendly destination? 

Sri Lanka is family-friendly and considered to be very safe. There are a lot of activities for families such as elephant and leopard safaris in the national parks, visiting pristine beaches, or exploring cultural sites.  

How welcoming is Sri Lanka to LGBTQ travellers and families?

Due to the country's conservative and traditional beliefs, we advise LGBTQ travelers to be discreet.

What festivals/public holidays are celebrated in Sri Lanka?

Tamil Thai Pongal Day takes place in January, usually on January 14. The National holiday takes place on February 4. Sinhala and Tamil New Year’s Eve is in April each year, typically April 13 or April 14, while New Year’s Day is usually April 14 or April 15.


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