What tourists need to know about Sri Lanka
No matter if people eat in Sri Lanka you yourself or according to the permit, there are things you should definitely know. For example, in public toilets and cheap hotels is not toilet paper, the streets almost no lighting, and alcohol can only be purchased in special shops. The following tips on Sri Lanka will make your stay more safe and comfortable:
- Duty free on arrival. At Colombo airport, immediately after passport control and before baggage claim and customs are duty free shops. The prices are quite reasonable, you can pay off the currency and plastic cards. So it is not necessary to bring across the world a bottle of alcohol purchased in the "Dytiki" at home. Just remember that goods purchased in these stores are subject to customs control (see about the customs regulations of Sri Lanka here...)
- Voltage, electricity. The voltage in Sri Lanka, and we have 220 volts, but three-prong outlet. To connect to "our" two-pin plugs, you need a adapter that you can buy on the spot or ask at the hotel reception. If the adapter is not in the top hole on the outlet need to stick some pins, such as a pencil, and then you can safely insert the plug.
- Holiday Singing. Every full moon of the Buddhist rules is considered a holiday and a national holiday (Poya - singing). At this time, banks are closed, many shops and public institutions. Be sure to take this into account when planning travel. These days in the country prohibited the sale and drinking of alcoholic beverages in public places, including restaurants and bars. Drinking alcohol is only possible in the hotel room. View My calendar here.
- Where to buy tea. Famous brand Ceylon tea best buy during the tour of the tea plantations, in specialized shops or in the shops. The cost of tea in the duty-free is much higher. If you are not a fan of beautiful branded travel packages, you can buy tea in the supermarket: it is cheaper and almost the same quality.
- Take the flashlight. Even in the popular resorts of Sri Lanka and in Colombo there are problems with street lighting, rather, it is virtually nonexistent. Take a trip and camping flashlight, preferably a headlamp, it is very useful.
- Alcohol in Sri Lanka. Alcoholic beverages, even beer, are sold only in special shops, which one in the resorts and in the cities. To find alcohol in supermarkets is unrealistic (except for the very large, where there are special departments), restaurants and cafes are also everywhere. And don't confuse the drink, called "Gigner Beer" with alcohol. "Gigner Beer" is just a local lemonade ginger. Read more about alcohol in Sri Lanka and where to buy it here...
- Price tags. Price tags on goods in shops Sri Lanka is not, however, the price of goods is always indicated. It is stamped in small letters on the bottles, packages, packaging. This is the maximum price at which goods are sold. The price may be lower (the stock in the store), but not above. And in most major stores and happens. Only small private shops sometimes sell a product at its arbitrary price, but it is rather rare.
- Visits to temples. When visiting temples you need to remember that when you sign you have to take shoes and a hat, and not to go into too open clothes (shorts, t-shirts). Around the Central sanctuary in the Hindu temples where the main deity, need clockwise (left to right). With rare exceptions it is almost always possible to photograph without problem, otherwise, you can ask permission or pay (usually no more than 250 rupees per shot).
- Unexpected surcharges. Sri Lankans love to include in the final cost of any service or product all sorts of unexpected fees and taxes in advance with no warnings. So it makes sense where possible (accommodation, rental) pay for everything in advance. If you refuse to take the money in advance, expect surprises in the form of surcharges upon check-out.
- Raincoats. For some strange reason, Sri Lanka is not so easy to find raincoats. So if you prefer umbrellas to raincoats, it is better to buy them still at home.
- Protection from insects. Repellent, bought in Russia, not very effective on local insects, find local repellent in Sri Lanka virtually impossible. Alternatively, buy the most expensive house "thermonuclear" repellents. Local as a protective means offering coconut oil. But, first, its effectiveness is questionable and second, you almost certainly will slip on his irrational speculative prices.
- Signs Hotel. Not every sign "Hotel" in Sri Lanka really refers to the hotel. Under such signboards are also small restaurants, so don't be surprised if you ask a room, and you will be uncomprehending look.
- Toilet paper. Sri Lanka is not used toilet paper, it is not in public toilets and cheap hotels. Instead, hygienic shower (very comfortable), and where not, a simple pitcher of water and left hand (and this is questionable action). If you do not wish to join such a practice, take care of toilet paper for the first time still at home.
- Car traffic drives on the left. It is important to know even pedestrians do before crossing the street, we must look not to the left, as we do, and to the right.
- Alcoholic beverages and cigarettes to SHL are very expensive because of high taxes. For example, a pack of cigarettes costs 1200 rupees (481.24 RUB, refer to the currency of Sri Lanka and the exchange rate), a bottle of beer from 180 (72.19 USD), and strong alcohol is 2-3 times more expensive, than in Russia. Therefore, it is better to bring it from Russia or bought in duty free shops in Colombo airport on arrival.