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First visit to Sri Lanka

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First visit to Sri Lanka

Hi,

I(55yrs) will be traveling to Sri Lanka from 11/12/13 to 22/12/13 with my son(33yrs). Have a few queries:

1) Is Sing dollars and Indian rupees accepted in Sri Lanka?

2) We will be landing at 1.40am. Thinking of directly going to Kandy or Dambulla. Is it better to book taxi in advance online or to hire a taxi at the airport itself? And how much will the taxi fare be? Will it be safe to travel middle of the night?

Any input is welcomed.

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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1. Re: First visit to Sri Lanka

Hi there,

1) Well not in shops (at any decent rate) but can change SGD both at (airport) banks and at money changers. INR are solely accepted at money changers not at banks hence also impossible to change at airport.

2) Just book when there, at the cab desks. Yes safe. Dambulla 4-5 hours and Rs 14,000; Kandy 2.5-3 hours and Rs 9,000.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: First visit to Sri Lanka

Thank you for the info

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3. Re: First visit to Sri Lanka

You may not be aware that the Indian rupee is a 'closed' currency, and both import and export of Rupees is forbidden. If Customs find any, they will be confiscated.

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4. Re: First visit to Sri Lanka

LKR is also a closed currency. Maximum import/export allowed is LKR 5,000.

Hans

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