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The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is located in the southeast of India, in the Gulf of Bengal. Also known as Ceylon or as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, this island lives up to its nickname of jewel. Endless beaches, tea plantations, tropical forests, wonderful ruins, UNESCO heritage sites, wildlife and colorful festivals are some of the attractions on offer, also known to be the center of Buddhism and Buddhist culture of antiquity and for its recognized ayurveda treatments.
Portuguese, Dutch and, centuries later, the British Empire, settled on the island, on a strategic position on the sea routes that linked Southeast Asia with Western Asia.
Sri Lanka is pear-shaped and covers an area smaller than Andalusia.
Climate: Due to its location in the Indian Ocean and to its small size it has a humid climate.
The Climate in Sri Lanka is tropical and consists of very distinctive dry and wet seasons. The monsoons play a major role in the share of the annual rainfall. The south-western monsoon brings rain to the south-west of Sri Lanka between May and September. The north-eastern monsoon brings wind and rain between October and January, and drier weather between May and September.
January is the coolest month.
The best weather can be expected in April and November throughout the country but the New Year celebrations are held in April and hotels easily become overbooked by local tourists.
Visa regulations: Many countries can obtain an electronic authorization to travel (ETA, Electronic Travel Authorization according to its acronym in English). Tourist visas are generally granted for 30 days and double entry from the date of arrival in the country. The price of the visa with ETA costs at the moment of writing this information USD35 / person according to official sources of the country.
Local authorities require the passport to be valid for at least 6 months from the arrival date in Sri Lanka.
Time zone: GMT +5,5.
4h30min ahead of Peninsular Spain in winter months.
When it is noon in Madrid, it is 16h30pm in Sri Lanka.
The difference is reduced by one hour in summer months.
CurrencyThe Sri Lankan Rupee is used only for transactions within Sri Lanka. US$/ Euro etc, is accepted in most large hotels, and tourist establishments, but not in outlets catering to locals. At the time of writing (Sep 2018) 1 EUR = 188 LKR
Currency converter. Live rates: www.xe.com
Internet: The use of the Internet is widespread throughout the island and many hotels offer free Wi-Fi service.
VaccinationsThere is no risk of yellow fever in Sri Lanka. The government of Sri Lanka requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever.
Religion: Buddhism is the predominant religion in the island (69% of the population). Other faiths complete the religious map of Sri Lanka: Hindu (16%), Muslim (7.5%) and Christian (7.5%).