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Capital city: Colombo.
Currency: Rupee (in 25, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 2000 notes).
Cuisine: Sri Lanka’s signature dish is curry with coconut milk, chillies, curry leaves, cinnamon, garlic and fish.
Tipping etiquette: A 10% tip is usually added to your bill.
Saying hello: Tamil and Sinhala are spoken in Sri Lanka. The Tamil greeting is “van akkã” but there isn’t a word for “hello” in Sinhala, so people often greet each other with a smile.
WHEN TO GO
Sri Lanka is a perfect year-round escape. It’s hottest from June to September when, with temperatures averaging around 35°C, a chilled pool and an icy cocktail feel like heaven. There are two rainy seasons in May/June and November/December – but the typically short showers provide nothing more than delightful refreshment.
Seafood lovers get ready: the spicy barbecued tamarind fish and coconut shrimp curry are a must.
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