Visa and entry requirements Sri Lanka:
A visa is required for Germans in Sri Lanka. This should be done electronically (ETA) in advance online www.eta.gov.lk be requested.
Visa cost: 35, - USD
Information from the Foreign Office on your Sri Lanka trip:
Sri Lanka, the former Ceylon, is an island state in the Indian Ocean with about 22 million inhabitants. The country is geographically around 55 kilometers south of India.
The two official official languages of Sri Lanka are Sinhala and Tamil, the national currency is the Sri Lanka Rupee used, while 1, - Euro about 200, - LKR.
The island's largest cities include Colombo, Kaduwela, Kesbewa, Maharagama, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Negombo, Kandy, Moratuwa, Sri Jayawardenepura and Kalmunai.
Nearly 72% of Sri Lanka's population profess Buddhism, and about 12% Hindus, 9% Muslims and 6% Christians still live in the country.
The spice island of Sri Lanka, with an extension of around 450 by 230 kilometers, consists of a highland in the middle of the island and the continually flattening lowlands. The highest point on the island is the 2.524 meter high mountain Pidurutalagala. There is a continuously tropical climate throughout the country, with warm temperatures all year round.
The tropical rainforests of the highlands are home to numerous animal species such as elephants, leopards, parrots, snakes, crocodiles, monkeys, pythons, monitor lizards and a diverse bird life.
Sri Lanka's economy is mainly based on agriculture, the textile industry and constant tourism. The country's most important export product is tea and makes the island nation the third largest tea producer in the world. Agricultural products such as cinnamon, coffee, rubber or coconuts are also exported. In the domestic textile industry, countless garments of all kinds, for large international fashion companies, are manufactured in numerous factories.
The island nation in the Indian Ocean is visited annually by around 500.000 foreign tourists. The most important sights of Sri Lanka include the lion rock in Sigiriya, the elephant reserve in Kegalle, the botanical garden of Peradeniya, the impressive tea plantations, the tooth temple and the cemetery of Kandy, the bridge with the nine arches near Ella, the Udawalawe National Park , the soldiers' cemetery in Trincomalee, the rock of Mihintale, the 50-meter-high Buddha statue at the rock temple Gal-Viharaya and the ruins in Polonnaruwa, the holy mountain Sri Pada, the Nallur Kovil temple of Jaffna, the Pigeon Island, the 240-meter-high Bambara Falls, the bird park in Kalametiya, the Bundala National Park, the Tsunami Museum in Hikkaduwa, the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara Temple, the Kalutara Bodhiya Temple, the St. Anthony's Church, the Independence Square, the Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque, the Kovoli Hindu Temple, the Old Parliament House, the Independence Hall, the Viharamahadevi Park, the Gangaramaya Temple, the Fort and the Buddhist Asokaramaya Temple in Colombo as well as other countless tea plantations or long, beautiful sandy beaches.
The capital of Sri Lanka is Sri Jayawardenepura with about 150.000 inhabitants. The city is located on the west coast of the country just ten kilometers from the largest city in Colombo.
The practically unofficial capital of Sri Lanka is Colombo with around one million inhabitants. The city of Colombo with its large port is the economic center of the island state.
One of my first targeted trips, which were not immediately connected to a longer vacation, led me to Sri Lanka in December 2011. The main goal of my three-day stay was the city of Colombo and its surroundings.
During a full day city tour and a short detour to the nearby capital, I got to know the numerous imposing temples with their different religious architecture. My taxi driver, who I booked for only 20 euros, knew the city very well and showed me many non-touristy corners of Colombo throughout the day. Particularly impressive were some huge sandy beaches with a slightly yellowish appearance or the many densely built houses along the country's famous railway line.
The city of Colombo and the country of Sri Lanka are a fantastic destination to spend a pleasant and affordable holiday for several days. A beautiful landscape and the consistently warm temperatures made my stay unforgettable.