Public Holidays in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is renowned as the country with the most number of holidays in the world. Every month we celebrate Poya Holiday which is the Full Moon day. On this day, no alcohol will be sold or can be purchased. It is not a good day for shopping as most shops are closed.
Do not attempt to be photographed with Buddhist monks or to pose for photos with statues of the Buddha or other deities and paintings. Photography is prohibited in certain sections of the sacred sites as well as sensitive areas such as airports, dams and military installations.
We recommend that you buy bottled water for drinking purposes. Avoid drinking water from taps.
Hill Country – Cool Climates
Hill country is covered with most popular tea plantations, the weather resembles autumn and therefore we suggest that you bring light jackets and pullovers. The temperature ranges between 8-22 “C degrees.
Use a good sun tan lotion if you are staying in the sun for long hours. The Afternoon sun can be very hot. It is good to wear hats, and cotton clothes. Drink plenty of water.
There have been many occasions where tourists have been cheated by beach touts. We strongly advise you against associating with them, for personal safety reasons. If you do so, it will be at your own risk and we will not take responsibility.
The Sea can be very appealing and at the same time very dangerous. Do not swim where warning signs such as Red flags are put up.
Shopping Sri Lanka is a shopper’s paradise. Famous for its gems, especially blue sapphires, finished jewellery, handicrafts, silver ware and spices. Other best buys are garments (Sri Lanka produces many of the clothes found in the large Department Store chains in the US, UK and Europe), handloom fabrics and fine porcelain tableware. We advise you to purchase all items from shops licensed by the Sri Lanka Tourism Authority.
Visits to Places of Worship
Visits to Places of Worship It is required that you remove your shoes at places of religious worship such as Buddhist and Hindu temples, shrines etc. You should avoid shorts, short skirts, sleeveless shirts and blouses.