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Sri Lanka is a typically tropical country with distinct dry and wet seasons, but the picture is  somewhat complicated by the fact that it is subject to two monsoons: the Yala season (May to August), when the southwest monsoon brings rain to the southern, western and central regions; and the Maha season (October to January), when the northeast monsoon brings rain to the north and east of the island. Temperatures in the low-lying coastal regions are high year round but they rapidly fall with altitude and in the hill country, where it feels like perpetual spring. The highest temperatures are from March through June, while November to January is usually the coolest time of the year. Rainfall is heaviest in the south, southwest and central highlands;the northern and northcentral regions are very dry. The best time to visit the west, south coast and hill country is between December and March. May to September is best on the east coast.

 



   Currency:
 
 
Currency of Sri Lanka is Sri Lankan Rupee. One Sri Lankan Rupee consists of 100 cents. Coins come in the denomination 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents and Rs. 1, 2, 5 and 10. The higher value denominations are found as notes, namely Rs.10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000.


Travelers Cheques and foreign currency can be exchanged at various commercial banks and hotels. Banks charge a 0.5% handling fee and a commission, which varies from bank to bank, while encashing Travelers Cheques. The use and acceptance of credit cards is widespread. While visiting a remote area it is advisable to arrange for an alternative mode of payment apart from credit card.The approximate value of Sri Lankan money vis-à-vis with 1 British Pound is 182 Sri Lankan Ruppes.
 
Local Time in Srilanka :
GMT/UTC +5.5
Visa Requirement :
For British Passport holders, visas are issued on arrival for 30 days. 

  Sri Lankan High Commission in UK:
13, Hyde Park Gardens
London, W2 2LU.
Tel: 020 7262 1841
Fax: 020 7262 7970
www.slhclondon.org