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Travel Tips

When you plan a Holiday in Sri Lanka it is important to know what a traveler holidaying in Sri Lanka would need to know. That’s why we “Island Leisure” provide the Holidaymaker with useful tips and information to make ones holiday in Sri Lanka a fantastic and memorable one.

A holiday in Sri Lanka has become every ones dream since Sri Lanka despite its size has so much to offer and we facilitate holidays in Sri Lanka which are often tailor made to suite the requirement of the visitor.
Given below is information for you who wish to make a holiday in Sri Lanka so that your holiday in Sri Lanka will be better planned.



If you are planning a short visit to Sri Lanka, you can submit your ETA application online to the department of immigration & Emigration by visiting

Electronic Travel authorization (ETA) is an official authorization for short visit to Sri Lanka and it is issued electronically by the department of Immigration and Emigration. The ETA system is introduced with the intention of providing an efficient, reliable and simplified service to those who visit Sri Lanka and is a preliminary authorization for them to enter in to Sri Lanka. The ETA is initially limited to 30 days validity from the date of arrival although it may be extended for up to six (06) months.

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A policy to cover theft, loss and medical issues is a must.

You may also wish to check out cover for activities such as diving, white water rafting, cycling and abseiling etc.



Driving License


International driving license is valid for only 3 months and must be obtained in your home country. To extend it to Sri Lankan travel, you must attend the RAC office in Central Colombo. You will require 2 photos.

It is a good idea to photocopy all relevant documents – passport, travel, insurance policy etc., and leave one copy at home. Carry another copy with you separate from the originals.




When visiting Buddhists temples both males and females are expected to be dressed modestly. The attire should cover well below the knees. Sleeveless garments are not allowed. When entering Shrine or Temples you are also expected to take off shoes and caps.While on travel around you can wear anything you please.

The climate in Sri Lanka is warm throughout the year & light cotton clothing is ideal. We would like to see you with a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses & comfortable footwear. In the hill country, you will need light warm clothing as the climate is much cooler. You would be blending with the natural surroundings if you could wear earthy colors such as brown or green when you visit wildlife. In Nuwara Eliya light warm clothes may be required.


Health Requirements


Visitors to Sri Lanka from yellow fever infected areas (Africa & South America) should have a valid certificate against yellow fever. Vaccinations against typhoid, polio, hepatitis A, tetanus & diphtheria are recommended. If required you can have the vaccinations in Sri Lanka.

Sealed water are available in anywhere in the island, & one should keep in mind to avoid consuming water directly off taps or that which is not sterilized under any circumstances. When purchasing sealed water do look for the sealed cap of the
bottle and date of expiry.Cuisines served in Hotels of Tourist Restaurants are always fresh and safe & never hesitate to enjoy them. You can always consult your tour Guide when choosing a restaurant at random.



All important Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Christian and national festivals are celebrated- up to 72 in all, including Sundays. Sri Lankan’s have the right balance in life to work and play.

Every full moon -Poya day- is a Buddhist holiday. Public places of entertainment and most shops are closed. Some supermarkets remain open but will not sell red meat or alcohol. Hotels will often refuse to serve alcohol.

Most Spectacular Festivals

Esala Perahera


Is held in July/August in Kandy. The most important festival of the year extending over 10 days, climaxing on the Nikini full moon.

This great procession – elephants extravagantly decorated, Kandyan dancers, fire walkers, spinning plates- honors the Sacred Tooth Relic of Kandy.




For Buddhists all across the world, Vesak, a full moon day in May, is an occasion of paramount importance The day marks the Birth, Enlightenment and Last Breath of the Buddha. Buddhists decorate and illuminate their houses with electric lamps and specially Vesak lanterns. They also visit places of worship.

Towns wear a totally different outlook on the day. Colorful pandols with numerous electric jets are erected. Free meals are offered to passersby as well.


Traditional New Year


Traditional New Year in Sri Lanka is celebrated in the month of April. The festival is celebrated when the Sun enters from the zodiacal sign of Pisces (the last sector) to Aries (the first sector).

Whole country celebrates traditional New year with lots of enthusiasm. Conventional rituals are observed on this day. This is the biggest celebration of the Buddhist year and families will exchange presents.



Others Festivals

Independence Day


Sri Lanka celebrates its Independence day on the 4th February every year. This day the Sri Lankans attained independence from British rule.



Tamil Thai Pongal Day


Tamil New Year in early/mid January. Nuwara Eliya and the Hill Country will be alive with family parties and Horse Racing.






Hindu festival of lights in Oct/Nov. Thousands of flickering oil lamps celebrate the victory of good over evil and the return of Rama. The Tea country will see the most colourful celebrations as the pickers are granted holiday from the fields.



Christmas Day & New Year


Christmas and Easter are celebrated like in any other part of the world by the Christian Community of Sri Lanka.

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