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general information

Sri Lanka

Official name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Country abbreviation: LK (very rare CL)
Top-level domain: .lk
International dialling code: +94
Official languages: Sinhala und Tamil
National day: 4. Februar (Independence from the United Kingdom: 4. February 1948)

Time difference

+ 5,5 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
+ 4,5 hours ahead of Central-European Standard Time (CET).
+ 3,5 hours ahead of Central-European Summer Time (CEST).


The currency symbol for the Sri Lankan Rupie is LKR.

1 Sri Lankan rupee is equal to 100 cents.
Notes are available in the denominations 5000 Rs, 2000 Rs, 1000 Rs, 500 Rs, 200 Rs, 100 Rs, 50 Rs, 20 Rs. Coins are available as 10 Rs, 5 Rs, 2 Rs, 1 Rs, 50 cents and 25 cents.
10 Rs, 5 Rs, 2 Rs and 1 Rs bank notes, as well as 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent and 10 cent coins are very rarely used anymore.

All bank notes and coins issued at any time in Sri Lanka remain valid. Don't be surprised if you receive an unfamiliar bank note with your change.

Bank opening hours

From 9am to 3pm. Private banks may have different opening hours.


The voltage in Sri Lanka is 230 V / 50 Hz. As a rule, the electrical sockets are three-point sockets with the contacts in a triangular shape.

The standard Euro plugs on most small appliances can be used in these sockets if you stick a plastic ballpoint pen in the middle (earth) contact.


All official forms must be in three languages: Sinhala, Tamil and English.

Never sign anything that you do not understand.

Admittance charges

Cultural Triangle Anuradhapura: 25 US $
Polonnaruwa: 25 US $
Sigiriya: 30 US $
Kandy, Temple of the Tooth Relic: 10 US $
Kandy, Museum: 12 US $
Nalanda: 5 US $
Ritigala: 8 US $
Madirigiriya: 5 US $
Children under 12 years: halfe rates
Roundticket for all of the above places: 50 US $

Anuradhapura, Isurumuniya Temple: 200 Rupees
Anuradhapura, Sri Maha Bodhi tree: 100 Rupees
Aukana: 500 Rupees Buduruwagala-Temple: 200 Rupees Colombo, Zoo: 1.000 Rupees Dambulla: 1.300 Rupees
Hakgala, Botanical garden: 1.100 Rupees
Kandy, Temple of the Tooth Relic: 10 US-Dollar
Kandy, Kandyan-Dance (Kandyan Arts Association): 500 Rupees
Mihintale: 250 Rupees
Nalanda-Temple: 500 Rupees
Peradeniya, Botanical garden: 1.100 Rupees
Pinnawela, Elephant orphanage 2.000 Rupees
Pinnawela, Elephant orphanage video permit: +1.500 Rupees

National Parks Bundala: 15 US $
Hortain Plains: 15 US $
Minneriya: 15 US $
Udawalawe: 15 US $
Wasgamuwa: 15 US $

Prices generally include a photography and film permit. One exception is, for example, the Temple of the Tooth Relic, where an additional fee is charged for cameras and video cameras.