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Day 1 / Ella / We conquer the mountains

Breakfast: toast with avocado, egg and salad + branded cold coffee

400 rubles

Intercept something at the supermarket

200 rubles

Kandy-Elle Express Train

100 rubles

Traveler's snack: samosa and tea

60 rubles

Lunch: vegetable soup

350 rubles

Tuk-tuk to the parking lot of the Nine Arch Bridge

100 rubles

View Ravana's Cave

40 rubles and about a hundred calories when lifting

Take a look at the temple, which 2000 years old

donation - 40 rubles

Dinner: Sri Lankan rice and 10 curry in banana leaf + cocktail

700 rubles

Tips

  • It's hard to find a hearty breakfast cafe in Kandy, but it, yet, yes - Cafe Secret Alley.
  • We leave for the station, buying a ticket for the familiar Kandy-Badulla train (Kandy-Badulla). We'll have to go to Ella (She). The route will take 6 hours, but this is the most beautiful road, believe me! Forests await you on the way, the mountains, ovaries, hamlets, lakes, temples ... and, sure, Sri Lankan atmosphere. We take tickets to the second class. It is at the beginning of the train. And don't forget to run into the supermarket and grab something to eat..
  • When traveling, try to push through tourists to the door (and you thought, that the only ones ride the train?), to take photos. You will see, if I may say so, bar - buy samosa there (fried pies with potatoes) and tea. We promise, don't get poisoned.
  • Go to one of the cafes near the station and have a snack. Check into your hotel and travel to the Nine Arch Bridge (9 Arch Bridge). This is one of the main attractions of Ella and the largest bridge in Sri Lanka. If you're lucky, you can catch a passing train on it.
  • We go to the caves Ravana's Cave. Long uphill climb ahead. And the accompanying, likely, there will be local dogs. You will not be lost.
  • Coming down from the mountain, walk a couple of hundred meters to the right, there will be an old temple in the rock. They say, that there is a tunnel inside, presenter in Kandy and Colombo. A barefoot boy will surely run to see you off. Seems free, but the boy will clearly hint at the donation.
  • At dusk, the city will revive and fill with European tourists. We go to Cafe Chill - the most popular place in the city.

Address

  • Cafe Secret Alley — 10/1/1/1, Kotugodalla Street, Kandy.
  • All attractions of Ella can be found on the map.
  • Cafe Chill — Wellawaya-Ella-Kumbalwela Highway, She.

Day 0 / Candy / Buddhist shrines

Bus from the airport to the station of Colombo city

80 rubles

Colombo-Kandy Train

95 rubles

Lunch: traditional Sri Lankan rice with assorted curry + smoothies mango-marakuya

400 rubles

View the city from the Buddha statue

130 rubles

Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic

600 rubles

Dinner: shrimp in coconut with rice and signature cocktail

1 050 rubles

Tips

  • Arriving, looking for a bus 187 to Colombo (Colombo).
  • In the city, we go to the station and take tickets for the second class on the Colombo-Kandy or Colombo-Badulla train. But let's get off at the station in Kandy. If the thrill isn't enough, can you sit down (but rather stand) in a third class carriage with local. Enjoy the views. Drive about two and a half hours.
  • We run from the train to lunch at The Empire Cafe, trying traditional Sri Lankan curries (snacks) and wash down the smoothie.
  • Let's get to know the city, looking at him from above. Need a Bahiravakand Temple. Climbing the hill, and there on the statue of Buddha, turned into an observation deck.
  • We go for a walk around the lake and go to the complex of the Temple of the Tooth of Buddha (Sri Dalada Maligawa) - a striking landmark of Kandy and the main temple of Sri Lanka. This very Tooth is kept here. Which means that? Hundreds of tourists and pilgrims from all over the world. The interior is impressive, what can not be said about the appearance of the temple. You will be asked to take off your shoes, so follow, so that there is no hole on the socks. It is also worth covering up all your bare spots.. Ask for an audio guide at the entrance.
  • After a dirty Kandy, I want to wash ... and at least have dinner in a neat place, so we go to the restaurant at the Royal Bar & Hotel.

Address

  • The Empire Cafe — 21 Temple Street, Kandy.
  • Bahрам Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha - Bahirawakanda Rd, Kandy.
  • Sri Dalada Maligawa - Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy.
  • Royal Bar & Hotel — No.44 Kings street, Raja Veediya, Kandy.

Tariffs of mobile operators in Sri Lanka

How to choose a tariff and operator in Sri Lanka

Three leaders of the cellular market in Sri Lanka: Dialogue, Mobitel and Etisalat have developed special mobile travel packages, which includes a certain amount of internet traffic, international and local phone calls.

When choosing an operator, you need to think about how much calls and traffic will be sufficient for you during your trip, а также соотнести зоны покрытия сотовыми операторами той или иной части острова по которой вы собираетесь путешествовать. После активации sim-карты можно будет выбрать тариф с посекундной или поминутной оплатой за мобильную связь.

All prices are in Sri Lankan rupees (Rs.). For comfort, you can divide the number of rupees by 2 and get the price in rubles. If we compare the prices for cellular communication in Sri Lanka and Russia, then in Sri Lanka as local, so international calls will be several times cheaper. So, the cost of a minute of an outgoing call to Russia from Megafon is 10 times more expensive, than Dialogue.

Tourist rates of mobile operators in Sri Lanka

Operator Price Calls
Local Roaming
Mobitel

499 Rs.

1,5 GB

100 Rs. 200 Rs.

999 Rs.

3 Gb

250 Rs. 500 Rs.
Dialog

499 Rs.

1 Gb

100 Rs. 250 Rs.

1299 Rs.

3 Gb

250 Rs. 700 Rs.
Etisalat

3$ (~458 Rs.)

850 Mb

60 Rs. 240 Rs.

7$ (~1070 Rs.)

2 Gb

160 Rs. 600 Rs.

Prices for calls from mobile operators in Sri Lanka (from Sri Lanka to Russia)

Operator Calls to Russia from Sri Lanka
to mobile to urban
Mobitel 25 Rs. 15 Rs.
Dialog 25 Rs. 25 Rs.
Etisalat 22 Rs. 22 Rs.
Airtel 17 Rs. 17 Rs.
Hutch 29 Rs. 18 Rs.

Lowest prices for calls from Sri Laki to Russia to mobile and landlines at Airtel and Hutch. Tourist packages of mobile operators of Sri Lanka include amounts for calls abroad. Let's divide these amounts by the cost of calls to Russia and see how many minutes of calls with Russia you can get, by purchasing a travel package.

Where to buy a SIM card from a mobile operator in Sri Lanka

You can purchase tourist packages of Sim-cards of operators of Sri Lanka immediately upon arrival, at Colombo airport. Without leaving the airport building, just outside the exit from the arrival area there are several stands of mobile operators. To issue a SIM card you need a passport.

You can also buy a SIM card in Sri Lanka at any service center of any of the mobile operators. The locations of service centers can be found on the official websites of mobile operators in Sri Lanka (the list of addresses of websites of mobile operators is at the beginning of the article).

How to pay for cellular communication in Sri Lanka

You can pay for cellular services of Sri Lanka operators in any way convenient for you:

  1. Through personal account
  2. By prepaid cards

To replenish your account through your personal account, you must register on the website of the mobile operator. After that, it will be possible to replenish the account with electronic money and pay for communication services from plastic cards.

Prepaid cellular cards can be purchased at any point of sale in the resort towns of Sri Lanka, including even buildings made of palm leaves 🙂 Payment scheme is elementary: buy a card, enter the code.

Coverage areas of mobile operators in Sri Lanka

If you overlay all the maps of the coverage areas of mobile operators in Sri Lanka, one on top of the other, bright areas can be seen – those parts of the island, where with a high degree of probability the cellular communication of any operator does not work. There are not many such areas on the island, they are mainly concentrated in the eastern part of the island, as well as in the territories of reserves and national parks.

There is no difference in the quality of mobile communication between Dialog and Etisalat. Possible short interruptions when moving between cities or traveling to the Central Highlands of the country or to the region of the Cultural Triangle (Polonnaruwa – Anuradhapura – Candy), ie. to the north-central part of the island.

Setting up a router in Sri Lanka

For, to navigate the cell tower for the best signal, you can use the opensignal.com service. This service shows the location of the towers of all mobile operators.

Kandy

On the world map
Map

На каждом шагу продаются лотерейные билеты.

Lottery tickets are sold at every turn.

Electric cabinets are wrapped in mesh, чтобы на них не вешали афиши и объявления.

Electrical boxes are wrapped with wire mesh to prevent flyering and bill posting.

Traffic lights.

A traffic light.

Crossroads.

An intersection.

The markings in front of the zebra are made in a zigzag, how in , or .

Traffic lane markings turn into zigzags at the approach to a zebra crossing, like in , or .

curious, что почти на каждом здании в центре висит кафельная плитка с логотипом всемирного наследия ЮНЕСКО.

Interestingly, almost every building downtown bears a tile with the UNESCO World Heritage logo.

Moreover, all these houses are disfigured in the most mediocre way by advertising., накладными щитами и стеклопакетами.

Yet all of these buildings have been disgracefully mutilated with ads, stuck-on panels and insulated window units.

A request to be decorous.

Please observe propriety at all times.

Town.

The city.

Табло на вокзале.

A passenger information display at the train station.

Tourist Office.

A tourist office.

Самая интересная деталь в Канди — бумажка еженощного обхода магазинов охраной. Восемь раз за ночь вохровец должен поставить свою подпись на бумажке, приклеенной рядом с дверью магазина, confirming, что ничего не случилось.

The most interesting detail in Kandy is the paper nightly security log. Eight times a night, a paramilitary security officer must sign the piece of paper glued on the wall next to the shop door to confirm that nothing happened.

Cost of living and prices of goods in Sri Lanka

Restaurants
Lunch Inexpensive restaurant 1 people. 1.7 USD
Lunch Middle class restaurant 2 people. 10.1 USD
Lunch McMeal at McDonald's 1 PCS. 4.7 USD
Beverages Local beer 0.5 liters 1.7 USD
Beverages Imported beer 0.33 liters 2.7 USD
Beverages Coke/Pepsi 0.33 liters 0.5 USD
Beverages Water 0.33 liters 0.3 USD
Beverages Cappuccino Portion 2.1 USD
Supermarkets
Products Water 1.5 liters 0.5 USD
Products White fresh bread 500 r. 0.4 USD
Products Eggs 12 PCS. 1.3 USD
Products Milk 1 liter 1.2 USD
Products Onion 1 Kg. 0.8 USD
Products Cabbage 1 head 0.9 USD
Products White rice 1 Kg. 0.5 USD
Products Potato 1 Kg. 0.9 USD
Products Tomatoes 1 Kg. 1.0 USD
Products Local cheese 1 Kg. 9.3 USD
Meat Chicken fillet 1 Kg. 4.0 USD
Fruits Apples 1 Kg. 2.0 USD
Fruits Bananas 1 Kg. 0.8 USD
Fruits Oranges 1 Kg. 1.7 USD
Alcohol Middle class wine 1 bottle 9.6 USD
Alcohol Local beer 0.5 liters 1.6 USD
Alcohol Imported beer 0.33 liters 2.1 USD
Cigarettes Marlboro 1 pack 4.7 USD
Transport
Public transport One way trip 1 ticket 0.1 USD
Public transport Transport Travel card 6.8 USD
Taxi Initial rate Landing 0.3 USD
Taxi the trip 1 km. 0.3 USD
Taxi Expectation 1 time 0.7 USD
Fuel Gasoline 1 liter 0.8 USD
Car, purchase Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline 1 PCS. 27,024.9 USD
Entertainment
Sports Fitness Centre, season ticket 1 month 11.1 USD
Sports Tennis court, rent 1 time 7.1 USD
Recreation Cinema, international film 1 a place 3.4 USD
Products
clothing Jeans, Levis 501 1 couple 31.3 USD
clothing Summer dress in Zara, H&M 1 PCS. 28.7 USD
Footwear Nike Running Shoes 1 couple 51.8 USD
Footwear Leather office shoes 1 couple 28.9 USD
Accommodation
Rental of property Apartment in the city center 1-room 206.5 USD
Rental of property The apartment is not in the center 1-room 122.9 USD
Rental of property Apartment in the city center 3-room 578.7 USD
Rental of property The apartment is not in the center 3-room 295.4 USD
Utilities Electricity, heating… 85 sq. meters 1 month 44.3 USD
Communication mobile connection 1 minute 0.0 USD
Communication Unlimited Internet 1 month 19.1 USD
Buying a home Apartment in the city center 1 sq. meter 1,260.5 USD
Buying a home The apartment is not in the center 1 sq. meter 776.1 USD
The salary Average salary after taxes 1 month 247.7 USD
Epoque Interest rate 1 year 12.24%

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Matara

After Ella, there is a hard way to the coast. Unfortunately, the train does not go to the coast from here, and making the return detour through Colombo is a waste of precious time. You can take Uber or take city bus 31 (Bandaravela-Matara), feel the atmosphere.

Things to do

  • Walk along Cape Dondra, on which stands the temple of the god Vishnu. This and a Hindu sanctuary, and a working seaport with a majestic white lighthouse.
  • Swim to Crowe Island. Take a walk in the wild, if you are with children - go to the Crow Island Beach Park.
  • Visit Vecherahena Temple. Residents built it underground, to pray in secret from the colonialists, and later a large statue of Buddha was placed outside.
  • Stroll through the calm, unlike many others on the island, Matari beach.

Bus ticket price 31 from Ella to Matara - 2$. Better to leave early in the morning, since the travel time is five hours. An Uber ride will cost about 90$, you can find fellow travelers and divide the amount. Better to leave early in the morning, to be in Matara during the day, spend the rest of the day in the city and travel to Mirissa late at night.

Day 5 / Hiccups / Rest of the seal

Breakfast in the hotel

free or 200 rubles

Feed sea turtles

is free

Sunbathe on a tropical beach

is free

Lunch: business lunch of rice and 5 curry and mango lassi

450 rubles

Snorkeling

mask rental 1 time - 120 rubles

Reflexology

500 rubles

Dinner: two fresh crabs with salad and potatoes. AND, why sin, beer

1350 rubles

Tips

  • If the hotel does not include breakfast, do not despair. You can ask the owner to cook it. He will take no more than three dollars, and there will be an omelet on the table, company with coconut, fresh fruits, toast, jam and fresh juice.
  • Large sea turtles can be seen on the central beach in the morning and evening: feed them algae, to stroke, take pictures and be absolutely stunned, riding on them. For food, sure.
  • We go to lunch at the beach cafe Ranjith's Beach Hut and take a business lunch from 5 curry: rice with curry of your choice (a hen, a fish, shrimp or beef) + sambol (grated coconut with chili and lime) + loaves of papadam + gave curry (lentils in coconut milk) + stewed eggplant. We wash down the mango lassi - a mix of mango and yogurt.
  • We go to the beach for snorkeling. Looking at the ocean, he will be to the right (Hikkaduwa Coral Reef). We rent a mask and dive into the depths of the sea to get acquainted with the local inhabitants.
  • We walk along the street and go to the SPA we like - we need to try reflexology on ourselves. According to the internet, then correctly stimulated points on the feet relieve stress. Although what a stress on vacation? Is that after the bus.
  • Go to a place called Cool Spot. There is no exciting ocean view, instead, we'll watch the local drivers go crazy. And here are the most delicious crabs on the coast!

Transport: other means of transportation

  1. Okay, finished with tuk-tuk! It's not the only way to get around. In big cities, like Colombo and Kandy, much easier to use Uber and Peak Mi apps (Pick Me). Peak Mee - local variant of Uber, and in addition to cars, you can order a tuk-tuk from them. It's better to order in advance, since the car can come through 15-20 minutes. But in general, it is much more convenient, than catching knock knock on the road, and no need to bargain. The price for the trip will not be much more expensive, than in a tuk-tuk, which you catch on the street.
  2. Another way to get around is by buses. I do not recommend using the buses in Colombo, especially at rush hour. I drove them for a whole year on my first visit to the island., nothing too scary, sure, won't happen, but someone can try to "accidentally" snuggle or touch the causal places. Better to spend money and catch a knock knock or order an uber. On the other hand, You can and should travel from city to city by bus, especially if you are traveling on a budget. Comfortable buses run in several directions in Sri Lanka. for example, from Maharagama (suburb of Colombo) in Halle (Goll) and from Colombo to Jaffna. These buses have comfortable seats and air conditioning.. The rest of the buses are pretty simple, without air conditioning and often without a seat. There's a possibility, that all the way you have to stand, but cheap.
  3. It is convenient to travel long distances by train. The most beautiful views from the train are, when you drive through the highlands (Candy, Nuwara Eliya, Ella). You can buy a ticket right before your trip, but usually only in third grade, which means, без посадочного места. If you're lucky, sit down, if not, you will ride on the floor in the vestibule, which is actually not so bad, how does it sound. Doors to carriages are not closed, so you can sit in the opening, dangling legs, overlooking the mountains. If you want to buy a second class ticket (with guaranteed place) or to first grade (with air conditioning), you need to take care of tickets in advance. Either buy all tickets immediately upon arrival in Sri Lanka or order them through a travel agency before arriving on the island.
  4. Another common way to get around the island is by car with a driver. Sounds very pretentious, but in fact it is not that expensive, as it may seem, especially if you are traveling with friends and can split the cost. You can remove it like a small car, and mini bus. It will be cheaper without air conditioning. There is also an option to rent only a car or a car with a driver, and I recommend the second option, because…
  5. ... because the traffic rules in Sri Lanka are only in theory, but in practice everyone creates, what he wants. I have enough stress even in the passenger seat. I wouldn't want an enemy to drive a car on the island. So if you come to rest, it is better to entrust the driving to the local.
  6. Since Sri Lanka is very small, there is practically no space between cities and villages. As soon as one city ends, immediately another starts. When I first went to Nuwara Eliya, then everything was waiting, when will we leave Colombo and forests and fields will begin. I waited for two hours and thought, Wow, what columbo is huge! Until someone explained, that in two hours we have already traveled a dozen different cities. A little life hack, to understand, where exactly are you: look at the signs of shops and restaurants. Usually the full address of the place is written on the signs, the last word in the address is the name of the city (in Colombo the last word is the name of the area).
  7. Get ready for that, that it will take you much longer, to get to your destination, than you planned. Sri Lanka now has two highways: from Colombo to Matara and from Colombo to the airport. The rest are dear old and broken, traffic jams, so it may take two to three hours, to drive 60 kilometers. Do not plan to visit several attractions in different cities on the same day (if they are not near), you will get very tired on the road.

In the Khantan mountains near Kandy

Day 4 / Halle-hikkaduva / Tourist day

Breakfast: smoothie-bowl + cappuccino

520 rubles

Bus Veligama-Gale

30 rubles and gray hair

A walk around the Fort

is free

Lunch: rice with seafood and curry + ginger tea

700 rubles

Train Galle-Hikkaduwa

25 rubles

Pants with elephants

400 rubles, but you can bargain

Ceylon tea as a souvenir

250 rubles per package

Coconut on the beach

80 rubles

Dinner: spiced fish with a glass of wine

850 rubles

Cocktail at the local "disco"

350 rubles

Tips

  • Let's go for breakfast at another trendy weligama establishment - Soul cafe.
  • We go to the station and take the bus to Galle (Galle). If you shout out the name, he will be found faster.
  • Welcome to Galle, Little Europe on a Sri Lankan island. Fort Galle was built by the Dutch and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Get off the bus and follow the crowd. In order not to get confused, we advise you to walk along the perimeter of the fort first. Views of the massive fortress walls will open, ocean, lighthouse and clock tower.
  • Then go to the center of the fort and walk until you get stupid. You can look for something interesting in the shops. On the way you will see: All Saints Church (All Saints Anglican Church), Dutch Reformed Church (Dutch Reformed Church), Meeran Jumma Mosque (Fort Meeran Jumma Masjid), as well as maritime and history museums.
  • We go for lunch Pedlar's Inn Cafe with a cute interior.
  • Then we go to the station and take the train to Colombo. But we get off at the Hikkaduwa stop (Hikkaduwa). It is called the "Russian village" and for good reason. The number of Russians per square meter clearly exceeds the rest. This resort is famous for its picturesque beaches, where palms hang right over the ocean, and a coconut may suddenly fall on your head. And follow in the footsteps of Einstein.
  • Let's take a swim and sit on the sand to watch the sunset. Drink coconut to create atmosphere.
  • While we go to the hotel, we buy pants with elephants in a local shop. For memory. And Ceylon tea as a souvenir.
  • Dinner at J.L.H Beach Restaurant.
  • Find out from the locals, where is dancing today, and let's go drink a cocktail.

Where to buy?

Yuri Kim-Serebryakov

Duplication Road and Galle Road in Colombo - major shopping streets. There are many shops, large and small., supermarkets, shopping centers, offering clothes, footwear, haberdashery, goods for kids, Jewelry.

House of Fashion is one of the most popular shopping centers in Colombo. There is a huge assortment of women's, men's and children's clothing for any occasion, height and size. In addition to clothing, the store offers a wide range of other goods.: toys, sporting goods, household goods.

Romafour is a well-known department store among residents and visitors of Colombo, where you can find many models of fashionable clothes, shoe, accessories, goods for children and jewelry.

Odel - shopping center, housed in a large mansion. In addition to a large number of departments with clothing, shoes, accessories at very reasonable prices, there are cafes and bars on the territory of the center, where you can relax after a shopping trip.

Magestic City - large shopping center in Colombo, abbreviated as "MC". This is one of the oldest shopping centers in the city.. A variety of shops are located under the roof of the shopping center (clothes, footwear, Jewelry, souvenirs, Food), many cafes and restaurants. Barefoot is a very interesting shop for authentic things, manually created. In the factory at the store for more than 40 a group of designers has been working for years, creating unique things from natural fabrics of their own production, treated with special dyes. You can buy bags in the store, clothes, head, sarongs, etc.. P. Precious stones and gems have brought fame to Sri Lanka around the world. You can buy relatively inexpensive sapphires on the island., rubies, alexandrites, amethysts, aquamarines, topaz, tourmalines, etc.. d. The best place to buy stones is the city of Ratnapura - a famous center of the jewelry industry. Jewelry lovers can do more than just purchase, but also see, how stones are mined and processed. In Ratnapura, jewelers' shops are found at every turn, and, Besides, in the city every day from 09:00 to 14:00 a fair of precious stones, known for very low prices.

Katka Vladimirovna

However, it is not recommended for non-specialists to buy gems from their hands., because the seller, often, does not provide any guarantees. Tourists should visit specialized shops, in which the seller can issue an appropriate check and certificate. In Colombo, such stores are Colombo Jewelery Stores (1 Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 3, [email protected]) и Zam Gems.

Sri Lankan specialty - local aromatic spices - can be bought in shops at spice gardens, stretching from Dambulla to Matale. Cinnamon worth buying, pepper, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, vanilla, tamarind, turmeric, curry, coriander. So, tourists enjoy visiting the small Utuwankanda shop 25 in the town of Mawanella, located on the Colombo - Kandy highway, where can you buy herbs, spice, aromatic oils from plants, grown directly on the plantation at the store. Shopping guests will be offered a guided tour of the garden, a short lecture on the use of certain plants in Ayurveda, Ayurvedic massage itself. Credit cards accepted.

The real attraction of Colombo is the complex of markets under the joint name Pettah Market, located east of Fort Colombo. A colorful oriental bazaar is spread over a huge square, consisting of a maze of shopping streets and lanes, overflowing with a wide variety of goods, materials and services. Here you can buy colorful Sri Lankan textiles, head, spice, fruits, vegetables, clothes, footwear. There is an embankment in the northeastern part of Pettah market, where exclusively jewelry stores and shops are concentrated, selling national ethnic clothes.

Mobile operators in Sri Lanka

Operator Owner Number of subscribers

dialog.lk

Axiata Group Berhad

9 million.

mobitel.lk

Sri Lanka Telecom PLC 7 million.

etisalat.lk

Emirates Corporation 5 million.

hutch.lk

Hutchison Whampoa Limited 4 million.

airtel.lk

Bharti Airtel Limited 2 million.

Market share distribution between operators in Sri Lanka

According to statistics, Dialog is the largest mobile operator in Sri Lanka, she owns 35% cellular market. Its two main competitors are Mobitel, whose market share is about 27% and Etisalat holds a slightly more modest volume – 17%. Younger companies have less market share of mobile operators Hutch – 14% и Airtel – 7%.

Prices and bargaining

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Monetary unit of the country - Sri Lankan rupee. Approximate exchange rate 150 rupees to 1 dollar. It is prohibited to export local currency from the country. The best way to exchange dollars for rupees is right at the airport. In the shops of the island, prices for the same product can vary dramatically. Before buying, walk through the surrounding retail outlets and ask the price. it happens, that in the store opposite the desired trinket costs half the price. Sri Lanka does not like to haggle aggressively. Chat with the salesperson in a friendly manner and, possibly, you will be able to significantly reduce the price of the product.

You have to bargain in markets and private shops, but not aggressive: foreigners are considered wealthy people, able to pay an inflated price. However, Sri Lankan traders are willing to drop the price to 30%. The bargaining scheme is as follows: we divide the offered price in half, then add 10-15% of the amount, we show the merchant a certain amount of money and, with an imperturbable face and money in our hands, we move towards the exit. The likelihood of, that the merchant will catch up with you and agree to your price, very big. Tourists should bargain when buying souvenirs, clothes, jewelry and precious stones. Take a small pocket calculator with you when shopping. Most store owners and sellers speak English. Naturally, bargaining is inappropriate in state stores, supermarkets, shopping centers and duty free shops at the airport.

Sri Lanka stores always have a wide variety of quality cotton products, flax, jersey, skin. Prices for goods of local producers are very democratic. So, a cotton T-shirt will cost 2.5-3 $, cotton shirt - 3-4 $, shorts - 4-5 $, trousers - 5-6 $, jeans - 6-7 $, summer leather shoes - 10–20 $. Children's clothing is even cheaper - from 0,5 $. Clothes and footwear made in Europe - about 2 times more expensive.

Weather, climate, temperature by months in Sri Lanka

Season Fall Winter Spring Summer
Month Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug year
Record maximum C 37 36 36 35 35 37 35 39 36 38 36 37 39
Average maximum C 29 28 28 28 28 29 30 30 30 29 29 29 29
average temperature C 27 26 26 26 26 26 27 28 28 28 28 28 27
Average minimum C 24 24 23 23 22 22 23 24 25 25 25 25 24
Record minimum C 21 19 18 18 16 18 19 21 21 18 20 19 16
Rain Days 7 12 9 8 6 5 6 8 11 9 7 6 93
Fog Days 1 3 4 4 3 5 5 2 1 1 27
Storm Days 3 4 6 4 2 2 6 10 8 2 2 2 49
Rainfall Mm. 132 303 316 213 111 65 94 182 234 144 103 89 1988
Air humidity % 61 62 62 58 57 56 56 58 62 63 63 62 60
Humidity in the morning % 78 81 83 81 77 80 81 81 78 76 76 75 79
Humidity in the evening % 65 66 65 61 57 57 58 62 65 64 64 64 62
Wind speed Km / h 9 8 8 9 9 9 9 8 9 9 9 9 9
Length of day Hours 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12
Dew point C 23 23 22 22 21 21 22 23 24 23 23 23 268
Sum of active temperatures C 518 512 481 487 483 454 530 544 565 527 541 539 6182
Solar radiation Mj/m2 19 18 16 15 17 21 23 21 20 19 19 19 19

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