FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS -FAQs

BEFORE TRAVELLING TO SRI LANKA

1 - What about the climate?


The weather in Sri Lanka’s is rather complicated for such a small country, due to the fact that the island is affected by two separate monsoons. Though this also means that there is usually good weather somewhere on the island, at most times of the year. When thinking about the best time to visit Sri Lanka, it’s worth bearing in mind that the basic pattern for weather in Sri Lanka as described below can vary significantly from year to year, and that global warming has disrupted these already complex weather patterns.

What about the basic rainfall pattern across the island

The main southwest “yala” monsoon brings rain to the west and southwest coasts and hill country from April/May to September (wettest from April to June). The less severe northeast “maha” monsoon hits the east coast from November to March (wettest from November to December); there’s also a inter-monsoonal period of unsettled weather preceding the Maha monsoon in October and November during which heavy rainfall and thunderstorms can occur anywhere across the island. In practical terms, this means that the best time to visit Sri Lanka if you’re heading to the west and south coasts and hill country is from December to March, while the best weather on the east coast is from April/May to September, without forgotten the northern part is from January from October.

What kind of the temperature & humidity you could experience during your stay?

The country’s position close to the Equator means that at least one aspect of the weather in Sri Lanka, the temperature, remains fairly constant year-round. Coastal and lowland areas enjoy average daytime temperatures of around 26–30°C (often climbing up well into the 35°Cs during the hottest part of the day). Temperatures decrease with altitude, reducing to a temperate and a pleasantly mild 14–22°C in Hill Country and the highest parts of the island – nights in the hills can be quite chilly, with temperatures sometimes falling close to freezing. Humidity is high everywhere, rising to a sweltering 90% at times in the southwest, and averaging 60 to 80% across the rest of the island. The northern part remain one of the dryest part of Sri Lanka could make you feel 45°C when it is 35°C.
To say, you can currently travel Sri Lanka all year long, we will work out your itinerary following the season in keeping the whole experience exactly the way you desire




2 - Does my cell phone work while in Sri Lanka?


This is a good question for your cell phone service provider. You’ll want to check with your service provider regarding international coverage and make sure you understand exactly what you’ll be charged for making calls and, if you have a smart phone, for using data (email/internet). Another option is to buy a local SIM card once you are in Sri Lanka if you do have an unlocked phone, we will help you to add this option upon your arrival at Colombo International Airport.




3 - Time zone in Sri Lanka


Time Zone in Sri Lanka is UTC+05:30




4 - Travel documents to set up prior arrival


Passport

You need a valid passport to travel to Sri Lanka. As a requirement for entry, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure date from Sri Lanka. Please check your passport and its expiration date, if it is expires within the 6 months before the departure from Sri Lanka, you ABSOLUTELY MUST renewed your passport

Tourist Visa

A tourist Visa is required for any citizen traveling to Sri Lanka. You will have 2 opportunities to get it, ONLINE Thirty-day visitor visas cost US$25 to US$100, depending on your nationality. Apply in advance online (www.eta.gov.lk) or upon arrival before you will pass the immigration counter, direct yourself to the Tourist Visa Counter to pay the fee in US$ per person. The tourist Visa in Sri Lanka is ONLY valid 1 month

Insurance

Bring along with you copies of your Insurance policy numbers & contacts as well as emergency contact information for your Medical Evacuation Insurance.

DO NOT FORGET to purchased in your country for a Travel Insurance.

Immigration & Customs

As any others countries, each traveler must pass through Immigration & Customs clearance upon their arrival at the Colombo International Airport. Your luggage could be subject to inspection at this time.

Upon departure, each traveller must pass back thought both immigration and custom clearance before leaving the country.

Lost Luggage

Make sure you have been setting up a luggage tag on each of them, as it will be very helpful to identify them as well as getting them back in case of lost luggage.




5 - Money Matters


Currency

The national unit of currency in Sri Lanka is the rupie (LKR). Currently the change is USD1=LKR160 of course it will vary day to day. We recommend exchanging money on an airport layover, upon arrival at the airport in Colombo or even in your home city (if the currency is available). Most places will accept USD but it will be always much better to pay in LKR.

Banks & Atms

They will be counterless of banks and atm during your journeys in Sri Lanka. Only in certain remote location as Galoya (no bank/atm) in 50KM around, apart of it, we will be always able to find it for you. Be aware certains local banks won’t accept your credit card for any debit (please ask your bank with which local bank(s) they are affiliate).

Please notify your credit card company of your travel plan so charges on your card do not raise suspicion which could result of a blockage of your account.

Hotels/ Shop/Restaurants

For any reasons you will need to pay any expenses, you will be able to pay in credit card in most of the place, cash (USD or LKR).

Money Safety & Theft

When you are away from your belongings, they should be properly secured (lock in your luggage do discourage theft) and if you do have in your hotel room set your precious belonging inside during your daily trip.

As all cities, big as they could be as well as touristic spots, there is always a possibility of theft while traveling. Make sure you carry your belonging under your shirts, be alert of any possibility of con games such as unbeatable bargains and too friendship offers of assistance. Do not travel and show any sign of wealth.

Should you be victim of theft, please immediately notify to your guide/driver guide and/or the property owner/manager as soon as you realize it. Make you sure to obtain a written documentation of the incident for insurance purposes.




6 - Medical Information


Safely

Most of the sections of your adventure take place in remote areas where urgent evacuation, medical services are very limited, engaged in hiking, safari and exploring areas contain certain inherent risks. If you do not feel comfortable, we invite you in advance to be close to your guide/driver guide and inform her/him about your concerns about the safety.

Wildlife & local animal

You will venture in certain zone occupied by multiples of wildlife species (part of them are not afraid and can be aggressive against the human), stay at safely distance of the animal and follow the instruction given by the National park rangers, natives guides.

Same if you see a cute puppy, please do not touch or even feed any animal (including dogs & cats), even if they look healthy pet, they can carry the rabies and other diseases. If you get bitten or scratched, we will wash gently the wound with soap before rinse it before seeing a doctor.

Physical requirement

It is important that you prepare physically for your trip, especially if your trip is rated moderate to strenuous. Take into consideration the heat or the humidity in the area as well – a short walk sometimes can feel a lot more strenuous simply because you are not used to the weather. Depending of your expectation and desire, please look carefully at each level of difficulty expected on each trekking/hiking trip option proposed on our website.

Each participant must be able to walk without assistance for:

- Easy (0-1*): a minimum of 1.5 miles (2.5km) flat ground with limited elevation.

- Moderate (2-3*): a minimum of 3 miles (5km) over in uneven ground across different climate conditions.

- Strenous (4-5*): a minimum of 5 miles (8km) over in uneven ground across different

climate conditions.

Vaccination before departure

For most short-term travellers the usual recommended vaccinations for Sri Lanka include cover against the childhood diseases (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Poliomyelitis, Measles, Mumps and Rubella) as well as cover against the food and water borne diseases of Typhoid and Hepatitis A. For those trekking in the Sri Lankan countryside or staying for longer periods then cover against Hepatitis B and Rabies should be considered.

Each participant should have their initial consultation for vaccinations for Sri Lanka at least 4 – 6 weeks in advance of departure. Those planning a more extensive trip or undertaking adventure sports should consider attending a consultation earlier.

Many tourists to Sri Lanka will stay within the south-western corner of the country or travel inland to Kandy. The incidence of foreign tourists developing Malaria after their time in Sri Lanka is very small. A decision on the requirement for Malaria Prophylaxis will need to be weighed against time of the year, locations to be visited and duration of the trip.

Sri Lanka is situated like a teardrop off the south-eastern tip of India close to the equator. The climate is fairly steady throughout the year with temperatures generally above 20c and a moderately high humidity throughout the year – especially along the coastal resorts. Most rainfall tends to fall during April, May and June and again during October and November. It will be important to ensure that the correct clothing is brought to cope with the climatic conditions.




7 - Important Reminder


  • Bring contact information for your travel/medical evacuation insurance.
  • Print a copy of your passport and one scan of the same document in your mobile phone (please check the expiration date).
  • Print a copy of your flight itinerary and bring it with you.
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary, passport number, list of emergency numbers as well as your insurance contact details to your friend or relative.
  • Notify your credit card company & bank(s) of your travel plans.
  • Review your flight reservation 24-48hrs prior departure to check for any last minute schedule changes.





ADVENTURE PACKING ADVICE

1 - Upon Arrival in Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport


After collecting your luggage, you will reach the arrival hall where all money changer will appear first, (if you want to make change for the whole trip, it will be the best time - All money changer operators set the same change exchange rates). Pass the money changer counter, look well on the left, all guides/drivers will be awaiting for their clients, please open your eyes your driver/guide will be there with your name on it. If you need any assistance upon arrival, your guide or driver will be happy to help. Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport is located around 10KM south of Negombo (Beach Station), perfect place to spend your first night especially if your flight arrival in the middle of the night




3 - Food & Tea!


Eating is serious business. Sri Lanka’s cuisine is a dream for food-focused travelers for its spice and variety. But there’s an expression that sums up the importance of eating in Sri Lanka: “We ate, we drank, we left” describes the phenomenon of people,

Know your rice and curry & Hopper. ‘Rice and curry’ & hopper are the heart of Sri Lankan cuisine, but this vague label doesn’t do justice to the feast it involves: a medley of food, with multiple small dishes—similar to the Indonesian rijstafel—with endless combinations of sambols (blended spices) and usually meat or seafood. Sri Lankan cuisine was formed by the spice trade.

Go for the combination dishes. Yes, you should skip the ‘English’ breakfasts that most restaurants churn out. But do try the Sri Lanka/British fusion of ‘deviled’ chicken and seafood, and the Sri Lankan-Chinese staple, hot butter cuttlefish: rings of batter-fried cuttlefish, fried in butter and tossed with local spices. Remember Chinese & western cuisine won’t be made as the original recipe back to the mainland

Not forgotten the tea comes sweet. Sri Lanka’s colonial incarnation, Ceylon, was the jewel in Britain’s overseas crown, for its beauty and for the tea plantations that kept the Empire wealthy and watered. The tea trade is still worth 2% of Sri Lanka’s GDP, and tourists come to drink high-quality hot leaf water in the plantation-rich hill country and in posh teahouses in Colombo. But the standard cuppa around Sri Lanka is pretty bland, and by default, served with so much sugar you can stand your teaspoon in it.

What look like my Meals on trip. Breakfasts on trip are usually buffets with a variety of Western and Sri Lanka breakfast foods. There is always coffee, black tea, juice, milk and water. Lunches and dinners in this region are usually family-style, as that is the Sri Lankan way (could be sometime a bit spicy. There will usually be panel of vegetables with several dishes including meat, fish, seafood and rice or noodles, . Sometimes you will have a packed lunch enroute to your next destination. At most remote lodges, drinking water, coffee and tea are provided free-flow. For all camp site/ bivouac, boiled water & tea will be provided and the food will be basic and local.




5 - It is safe to drink tap water? Bring my filter flask?


Never drink the tap water in Asia. Drink bottled or purified water only. It is available everywhere. At most remote accommodation, boiled or purified drinking water is included and rest assured that this is safe to drink. Some establishments try to limit the consumption of bottled water especially if they are located in a remote area and it is challenging to recycle plastic bottles. It is recommended that you bring your own filter flask as this will greatly help in minimising the usage of plastic bottles. At most tourist accommodation, ice is okay to consume. Practice common sense if you are in remote villages. It’s always a good idea to bring water purification tablets just incase.




6 - Environmental Responsibility


We pride ourselves on being an environmentally responsible company. We request that on your trip you carry out whatever you carry in, including non-biodegradable items such as batteries, flashlight bulbs, empty plastic containers, and so on. As you pack for your trip, think about ways to minimise the trash that you will have to bring home.




7 - May I smoke on tour?


If you are a smoker, we request that you do not smoke in vehicles and at meals. We have asked our guides, drivers, and staff who smoke to follow the same consideration. Smoking will be forbidden in certain location like Ayurvedha Retreats/places as well as Religious & pilgrim trails/places (Adam Peak, temples, pagoda, mosque, church,...)




9 - At the end of your Trip, how much should I tip? Can i let any feedback?


Tips are NOT included in the tour. Tipping is at your own discretion, and you are under no obligation. Tips are best paid in cash in local currency or US dollars. but will be greatly appreciated by the guides and captains. Our guests often ask us whether or not they should tip their guides and captains. You can use tipping to reward exceptional service, particularly for those who go the extra mile and work beyond the normal eight hours day. This will encourage those providing the service to continue doing so for you and others. For general guidance, you can tip your guide and driver $3 – 5 per person per day. For Specialist Guides/Naturalist, you can double the tipping amount to $5 – 10 per person per day DEPENDING on the expertise, level and quality of service provided. You can also show appreciation by leaving a TripAdvisor or Google+ review and naming your guide and captain OR fill in a feedback form at the end of the tour or via email (sent to you after the tour).




4 - You do have special dietary requirement?


Please list all dietary restrictions and/or allergies prior to your departure, especially if you have critical allergies (nut or wheat). We do our best to convey your dietary restrictions and allergies to our local guides who will relay your information to the chef/cook. In most cases we are able to respond favourably to these requests; however, due to regional limitations, local cuisine or cooking facilities, we may not be able to fulfill all requests. If your dietary needs are critical we recommend you bring a supply of your preferred sustenance to supplement your meals.




8 - Alcohol & other beverages!


Alcoholic, carbonated and other beverages are at your own expense. Please be aware than Alcoholic Beverage will be forbidden/prohibited in certain location like Ayurvedha Retreats/places as well as Religious & pilgrim trails/places (Adam Peak, temples, pagoda, mosque, church,...)




2 - Buy a local sim card at the airport?


Mobile Phones Companies have booths in the arrivals area of Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport offer at the arrival Local SIM cards are cheap for unlocked phones.

Mobile coverage across Sri Lanka is good in built-up areas and cheap. You can get a SIM card that has data and voice credit for as low as Rs 700 with a domestic call cost of Rs 2 per minute.





WHILE ON TOUR

1 - Upon Arrival in Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport


After collecting your luggage, you will reach the arrival hall where all money changer will appear first, (if you want to make change for the whole trip, it will be the best time - All money changer operators set the same change exchange rates). Pass the money changer counter, look well on the left, all guides/drivers will be awaiting for their clients, please open your eyes your driver/guide will be there with your name on it. If you need any assistance upon arrival, your guide or driver will be happy to help. Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport is located around 10KM south of Negombo (Beach Station), perfect place to spend your first night especially if your flight arrival in the middle of the night




3 - Food & Tea!


Eating is serious business. Sri Lanka’s cuisine is a dream for food-focused travelers for its spice and variety. But there’s an expression that sums up the importance of eating in Sri Lanka: “We ate, we drank, we left” describes the phenomenon of people,

Know your rice and curry & Hopper. ‘Rice and curry’ & hopper are the heart of Sri Lankan cuisine, but this vague label doesn’t do justice to the feast it involves: a medley of food, with multiple small dishes—similar to the Indonesian rijstafel—with endless combinations of sambols (blended spices) and usually meat or seafood. Sri Lankan cuisine was formed by the spice trade.

Go for the combination dishes. Yes, you should skip the ‘English’ breakfasts that most restaurants churn out. But do try the Sri Lanka/British fusion of ‘deviled’ chicken and seafood, and the Sri Lankan-Chinese staple, hot butter cuttlefish: rings of batter-fried cuttlefish, fried in butter and tossed with local spices. Remember Chinese & western cuisine won’t be made as the original recipe back to the mainland

Not forgotten the tea comes sweet. Sri Lanka’s colonial incarnation, Ceylon, was the jewel in Britain’s overseas crown, for its beauty and for the tea plantations that kept the Empire wealthy and watered. The tea trade is still worth 2% of Sri Lanka’s GDP, and tourists come to drink high-quality hot leaf water in the plantation-rich hill country and in posh teahouses in Colombo. But the standard cuppa around Sri Lanka is pretty bland, and by default, served with so much sugar you can stand your teaspoon in it.

What look like my Meals on trip. Breakfasts on trip are usually buffets with a variety of Western and Sri Lanka breakfast foods. There is always coffee, black tea, juice, milk and water. Lunches and dinners in this region are usually family-style, as that is the Sri Lankan way (could be sometime a bit spicy. There will usually be panel of vegetables with several dishes including meat, fish, seafood and rice or noodles, . Sometimes you will have a packed lunch enroute to your next destination. At most remote lodges, drinking water, coffee and tea are provided free-flow. For all camp site/ bivouac, boiled water & tea will be provided and the food will be basic and local.




5 - It is safe to drink tap water? Bring my filter flask?


Never drink the tap water in Asia. Drink bottled or purified water only. It is available everywhere. At most remote accommodation, boiled or purified drinking water is included and rest assured that this is safe to drink. Some establishments try to limit the consumption of bottled water especially if they are located in a remote area and it is challenging to recycle plastic bottles. It is recommended that you bring your own filter flask as this will greatly help in minimising the usage of plastic bottles. At most tourist accommodation, ice is okay to consume. Practice common sense if you are in remote villages. It’s always a good idea to bring water purification tablets just incase.




6 - Environmental Responsibility


We pride ourselves on being an environmentally responsible company. We request that on your trip you carry out whatever you carry in, including non-biodegradable items such as batteries, flashlight bulbs, empty plastic containers, and so on. As you pack for your trip, think about ways to minimise the trash that you will have to bring home.




7 - May I smoke on tour?


If you are a smoker, we request that you do not smoke in vehicles and at meals. We have asked our guides, drivers, and staff who smoke to follow the same consideration. Smoking will be forbidden in certain location like Ayurvedha Retreats/places as well as Religious & pilgrim trails/places (Adam Peak, temples, pagoda, mosque, church,...)




9 - At the end of your Trip, how much should I tip? Can i let any feedback?


Tips are NOT included in the tour. Tipping is at your own discretion, and you are under no obligation. Tips are best paid in cash in local currency or US dollars. but will be greatly appreciated by the guides and captains. Our guests often ask us whether or not they should tip their guides and captains. You can use tipping to reward exceptional service, particularly for those who go the extra mile and work beyond the normal eight hours day. This will encourage those providing the service to continue doing so for you and others. For general guidance, you can tip your guide and driver $3 – 5 per person per day. For Specialist Guides/Naturalist, you can double the tipping amount to $5 – 10 per person per day DEPENDING on the expertise, level and quality of service provided. You can also show appreciation by leaving a TripAdvisor or Google+ review and naming your guide and captain OR fill in a feedback form at the end of the tour or via email (sent to you after the tour).




4 - You do have special dietary requirement?


Please list all dietary restrictions and/or allergies prior to your departure, especially if you have critical allergies (nut or wheat). We do our best to convey your dietary restrictions and allergies to our local guides who will relay your information to the chef/cook. In most cases we are able to respond favourably to these requests; however, due to regional limitations, local cuisine or cooking facilities, we may not be able to fulfill all requests. If your dietary needs are critical we recommend you bring a supply of your preferred sustenance to supplement your meals.




8 - Alcohol & other beverages!


Alcoholic, carbonated and other beverages are at your own expense. Please be aware than Alcoholic Beverage will be forbidden/prohibited in certain location like Ayurvedha Retreats/places as well as Religious & pilgrim trails/places (Adam Peak, temples, pagoda, mosque, church,...)




2 - Buy a local sim card at the airport?


Mobile Phones Companies have booths in the arrivals area of Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport offer at the arrival Local SIM cards are cheap for unlocked phones.

Mobile coverage across Sri Lanka is good in built-up areas and cheap. You can get a SIM card that has data and voice credit for as low as Rs 700 with a domestic call cost of Rs 2 per minute.





WHAT I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SRI LANKA

1 - What about the climate?


The weather in Sri Lanka’s is rather complicated for such a small country, due to the fact that the island is affected by two separate monsoons. Though this also means that there is usually good weather somewhere on the island, at most times of the year. When thinking about the best time to visit Sri Lanka, it’s worth bearing in mind that the basic pattern for weather in Sri Lanka as described below can vary significantly from year to year, and that global warming has disrupted these already complex weather patterns.

What about the basic rainfall pattern across the island

The main southwest “yala” monsoon brings rain to the west and southwest coasts and hill country from April/May to September (wettest from April to June). The less severe northeast “maha” monsoon hits the east coast from November to March (wettest from November to December); there’s also a inter-monsoonal period of unsettled weather preceding the Maha monsoon in October and November during which heavy rainfall and thunderstorms can occur anywhere across the island. In practical terms, this means that the best time to visit Sri Lanka if you’re heading to the west and south coasts and hill country is from December to March, while the best weather on the east coast is from April/May to September, without forgotten the northern part is from January from October.

What kind of the temperature & humidity you could experience during your stay?

The country’s position close to the Equator means that at least one aspect of the weather in Sri Lanka, the temperature, remains fairly constant year-round. Coastal and lowland areas enjoy average daytime temperatures of around 26–30°C (often climbing up well into the 35°Cs during the hottest part of the day). Temperatures decrease with altitude, reducing to a temperate and a pleasantly mild 14–22°C in Hill Country and the highest parts of the island – nights in the hills can be quite chilly, with temperatures sometimes falling close to freezing. Humidity is high everywhere, rising to a sweltering 90% at times in the southwest, and averaging 60 to 80% across the rest of the island. The northern part remain one of the dryest part of Sri Lanka could make you feel 45°C when it is 35°C.
To say, you can currently travel Sri Lanka all year long, we will work out your itinerary following the season in keeping the whole experience exactly the way you desire




2 - Does my cell phone work while in Sri Lanka?


This is a good question for your cell phone service provider. You’ll want to check with your service provider regarding international coverage and make sure you understand exactly what you’ll be charged for making calls and, if you have a smart phone, for using data (email/internet). Another option is to buy a local SIM card once you are in Sri Lanka if you do have an unlocked phone, we will help you to add this option upon your arrival at Colombo International Airport.




3 - Time zone in Sri Lanka


Time Zone in Sri Lanka is UTC+05:30




4 - Travel documents to set up prior arrival


Passport

You need a valid passport to travel to Sri Lanka. As a requirement for entry, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure date from Sri Lanka. Please check your passport and its expiration date, if it is expires within the 6 months before the departure from Sri Lanka, you ABSOLUTELY MUST renewed your passport

Tourist Visa

A tourist Visa is required for any citizen traveling to Sri Lanka. You will have 2 opportunities to get it, ONLINE Thirty-day visitor visas cost US$25 to US$100, depending on your nationality. Apply in advance online (www.eta.gov.lk) or upon arrival before you will pass the immigration counter, direct yourself to the Tourist Visa Counter to pay the fee in US$ per person. The tourist Visa in Sri Lanka is ONLY valid 1 month

Insurance

Bring along with you copies of your Insurance policy numbers & contacts as well as emergency contact information for your Medical Evacuation Insurance.

DO NOT FORGET to purchased in your country for a Travel Insurance.

Immigration & Customs

As any others countries, each traveler must pass through Immigration & Customs clearance upon their arrival at the Colombo International Airport. Your luggage could be subject to inspection at this time.

Upon departure, each traveller must pass back thought both immigration and custom clearance before leaving the country.

Lost Luggage

Make sure you have been setting up a luggage tag on each of them, as it will be very helpful to identify them as well as getting them back in case of lost luggage.




5 - Money Matters


Currency

The national unit of currency in Sri Lanka is the rupie (LKR). Currently the change is USD1=LKR160 of course it will vary day to day. We recommend exchanging money on an airport layover, upon arrival at the airport in Colombo or even in your home city (if the currency is available). Most places will accept USD but it will be always much better to pay in LKR.

Banks & Atms

They will be counterless of banks and atm during your journeys in Sri Lanka. Only in certain remote location as Galoya (no bank/atm) in 50KM around, apart of it, we will be always able to find it for you. Be aware certains local banks won’t accept your credit card for any debit (please ask your bank with which local bank(s) they are affiliate).

Please notify your credit card company of your travel plan so charges on your card do not raise suspicion which could result of a blockage of your account.

Hotels/ Shop/Restaurants

For any reasons you will need to pay any expenses, you will be able to pay in credit card in most of the place, cash (USD or LKR).

Money Safety & Theft

When you are away from your belongings, they should be properly secured (lock in your luggage do discourage theft) and if you do have in your hotel room set your precious belonging inside during your daily trip.

As all cities, big as they could be as well as touristic spots, there is always a possibility of theft while traveling. Make sure you carry your belonging under your shirts, be alert of any possibility of con games such as unbeatable bargains and too friendship offers of assistance. Do not travel and show any sign of wealth.

Should you be victim of theft, please immediately notify to your guide/driver guide and/or the property owner/manager as soon as you realize it. Make you sure to obtain a written documentation of the incident for insurance purposes.




6 - Medical Information


Safely

Most of the sections of your adventure take place in remote areas where urgent evacuation, medical services are very limited, engaged in hiking, safari and exploring areas contain certain inherent risks. If you do not feel comfortable, we invite you in advance to be close to your guide/driver guide and inform her/him about your concerns about the safety.

Wildlife & local animal

You will venture in certain zone occupied by multiples of wildlife species (part of them are not afraid and can be aggressive against the human), stay at safely distance of the animal and follow the instruction given by the National park rangers, natives guides.

Same if you see a cute puppy, please do not touch or even feed any animal (including dogs & cats), even if they look healthy pet, they can carry the rabies and other diseases. If you get bitten or scratched, we will wash gently the wound with soap before rinse it before seeing a doctor.

Physical requirement

It is important that you prepare physically for your trip, especially if your trip is rated moderate to strenuous. Take into consideration the heat or the humidity in the area as well – a short walk sometimes can feel a lot more strenuous simply because you are not used to the weather. Depending of your expectation and desire, please look carefully at each level of difficulty expected on each trekking/hiking trip option proposed on our website.

Each participant must be able to walk without assistance for:

- Easy (0-1*): a minimum of 1.5 miles (2.5km) flat ground with limited elevation.

- Moderate (2-3*): a minimum of 3 miles (5km) over in uneven ground across different climate conditions.

- Strenous (4-5*): a minimum of 5 miles (8km) over in uneven ground across different

climate conditions.

Vaccination before departure

For most short-term travellers the usual recommended vaccinations for Sri Lanka include cover against the childhood diseases (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Poliomyelitis, Measles, Mumps and Rubella) as well as cover against the food and water borne diseases of Typhoid and Hepatitis A. For those trekking in the Sri Lankan countryside or staying for longer periods then cover against Hepatitis B and Rabies should be considered.

Each participant should have their initial consultation for vaccinations for Sri Lanka at least 4 – 6 weeks in advance of departure. Those planning a more extensive trip or undertaking adventure sports should consider attending a consultation earlier.

Many tourists to Sri Lanka will stay within the south-western corner of the country or travel inland to Kandy. The incidence of foreign tourists developing Malaria after their time in Sri Lanka is very small. A decision on the requirement for Malaria Prophylaxis will need to be weighed against time of the year, locations to be visited and duration of the trip.

Sri Lanka is situated like a teardrop off the south-eastern tip of India close to the equator. The climate is fairly steady throughout the year with temperatures generally above 20c and a moderately high humidity throughout the year – especially along the coastal resorts. Most rainfall tends to fall during April, May and June and again during October and November. It will be important to ensure that the correct clothing is brought to cope with the climatic conditions.




7 - Important Reminder


  • Bring contact information for your travel/medical evacuation insurance.
  • Print a copy of your passport and one scan of the same document in your mobile phone (please check the expiration date).
  • Print a copy of your flight itinerary and bring it with you.
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary, passport number, list of emergency numbers as well as your insurance contact details to your friend or relative.
  • Notify your credit card company & bank(s) of your travel plans.
  • Review your flight reservation 24-48hrs prior departure to check for any last minute schedule changes.





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