Visiting Sri Lanka as a Tourist.
If you are visiting Sri Lanka for holidays, don’t forget to bring your Smartphone or Tablet that uses SIM card. You can buy a local SIM and can get the 4G LTE network here. Nearly all over the Island is covered with mobile phone network. Most of the main cities are covered with 4G LTE network. There are many places offer free Wi-Fi network facility too. Also you can use the networks data plan, paid Wi-Fi cards and phone cards that are offered by the mobile phone operators.
At the Colombo International airport you can buy SIM cards by producing your travel document. For US$ 10 you can get a standard SIM or Nano sim that will fit in to your device.The SIM card should be activated at the seller point. You can see that your phone is having SL Rs 700 for calling and 500Mb data for internet connection. Take note that using a SIM card registered on another person name is a violation according to the local law. You can find the new phone number on the card given by them. Announce your new phone number to your family and friends as the incoming calls and incoming SMS text messages are free here.
You can get many useful Apps that are related to Sri Lanka travel and touring. Some of these Apps are available for a fee and free. Some of the Apps offer nearly 200 Srilanka destinations along with places to visit, things to see and do. Information about locations to stay, where to dine and where to do shopping also provided in them. There are lot of information on local water falls, reserved wildlife parks, beaches, and Historical locations, Wildlife watching, Whale watching, Dolphin watching, white water rafting, hot air ballooning and many more activities.
GPS map locations for your easy reference. You can drive safely with the help of the available GPS map guide you to the correct location. There used to be an image gallery related to each and every location.
Before you visit here (even to fly transit) check whether you have tattooed Buddha images on your body, if so remove it other wise you may be punished here for disrespecting the Buddhist religion by the Government.
Don’t bring lot of cash, if so declare it to the customs on your arrival.
If you are making any payment through your plastic cards have a good watch on it, till you get it back.
Try to take money in the ATM on the day time when the banks are open.
Use call taxis recommended by your hotel.
It is prohibited to enter in to the temples with your foot wear and cap.
Never try to take photos with Buddha statues as you may violates the local laws that can send you to prison.
Some restricted places don’t allow you to take photographs.
Some places they may charge for your camera or video recorder to take them with you inside the area.
Running water is safe to drink, although you can purchase cold mineral water in plastic disposable bottles.
Don’t spit on the road.
Don’t walk while talking mobile phone specially on the railway track.
Smoking is not allowed in public places including trains and buses, violators will be prosecuted.
Use the pedestrian crossing only to cross the road, if it is marked with.
Cricket is religion here, so don’t go on arguing of it.
Most of the three wheel (tuk-tuk) drivers are friendly people, when you elite from it, check for your belongings as it is difficult to recover.
When interested in buying Gemstones, insist to get one verification certificate from a laboratory.