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About Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, island country lying in the Indian Ocean and separated from peninsular India by the Palk Strait. It is located between latitudes 5°55′ and 9°51′ N and longitudes 79°41′ and 81°53′ E and has a maximum length of 268 miles (432 km) and a maximum width of 139 miles (224 km).


The Sri Lankan currency is the rupee (Rs), which is divided into 100 cents; pricing in cents is rare. Rupee coins come in denominations of one, two, five and 10 rupees. Notes come in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 rupees.

Power plug

For Sri Lanka there are two associated plug types, types D and G. Plug type D is the plug which has three round pins in a triangular patternand plug type G is the plug which has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern. Sri Lanka operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.


The average temperature in Sri Lanka is 27.0 °C (81 °F). The range of average monthly temperatures is 2 °C. The warmest average max/ high temperature is 31 °C (88 °F) in February, March, April & May. The coolest average min/ low temperature is 22 °C (72 °F) in January & February.

Ten days Rainfall Forecast

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  Emergency Numbers

Help is just a call away
The visitors to the country as well as the locals can reach for help in case of a health emergency or in any danger though following numbers. The emergency access numbers could be contacted through all the telephone and mobile operations in the country while many mobile services offering emergency calls despite low signals and low credits. However most of the emergency services are restricted to town centres and suburbs while police stations and hospitals offer emergency care in rural areas.

Emergency Services Telephone Numbers

Police Emergency Hotline –  118 / 119

Ambulance / Fire &  rescue – 110

General Hospital-Colombo – 011-2691111

Tourist Police –  011-2421052

Police Emergency  – 011-2433333

Government Information Centre – 1919

Report Crimes – 011-2691500

Emergency Police Mobile Squad –  011-5717171

Fire & Ambulance Service – 011-2422222

Tourist VAT Refund Scheme

Tourist VAT Refund system is introduced by Inland Revenue Department Sri Lanka, to refund VAT which is charged when purchasing goods, by Tourists who visit Sri Lanka.
The ‘Tourist VAT Refund Scheme’ (TVRS) is implemented with effect from September 11, 2018, in terms under section 58A of the Value Added Tax Act, No. 14 of 2002 (Amended by Act) and by Gazette notifications of the Commissioner General of Inland Revenue and Minister of Finance accordingly.

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