about Olalalanka.com

We wanted to create this site so that it is you who completely decide what you want to do during your trip, that’s why we do not impose circuits, you choose what you want and then we guide you and advise.

  • you browse our site, find what you want to visit
  • take a look at the « map » to view the location of tourist sites, towns, beaches, etc.
  • you now have an idea of ​​what you want to visit, go to the « Price » tab , fill in all the fields, modify your choices as many times as you want and get an instant estimate.
  • we will then contact you to confirm all your expectations and to advise you on the organization of your trip.
  • when you are ready to validate the quote, you pay a deposit
  • we then take care of everything (reservations, entrance tickets, visas, driver, meals …)
  • payment of the balance is at your convenience (bank transfer 30 days before your arrival or payment in cash on the day of your arrival)
  • you enjoy your trip with peace of mind

Nothing could be easier, you can:

  • call us directly using WhatsApp (beware of jet lag: Sri Lanka Standard Time (SLST), UTC +5:30) at +94 77 911 1282
  • send us an email to office@olalalanka.com
  • send us a message with our « contact details » form
  • Local agency in Sri Lanka
  • English speaking contacts living on site
  • Live rates
  • No middleman
  • Completely tailor-made circuit
  • quality vehicles and drivers
  • Professional guides
  • 24/7 assistance
  • geolocation if needed
all about Sri Lanka
  • Sri Lanka or Ceylon?

The country has often changed its name during its history: Taprobane in the time of the Greeks, Serendib in the Persian period, Ceilao in the time of the Portuguese Indian route, Zeilan by the Dutch, the English Ceylon and the French Ceylon.

On May 22, 1972, the Republic resumed its name of Lanka which was its own from the 1st millennium, and added Sri which means « resplendent ». The name Ceylon is still used as a seal of quality for tea produced on the island.

  • Geographic location

it is located in the south-east of India in the Indian Ocean, nearly 8,000 km and a dozen hours by plane from Paris.

  • Surface and relief

65,607 km2, or a little more than a tenth of France, 435 km from north to south and 225 from east to west. The coastal area is made up of plains (more than a thousand kilometers of beaches), while the center and the south of the island is a mountainous area whose highest point is Piduru Talagala (Mount Pedro) at 2,527 m above sea level. . Another of the highest peaks is Adam’s Peak (2,243m).

  • Population

22 million inhabitants, 74% of whom are Sinhalese, mostly Buddhists, and 19% Tamils, mostly Hindus.

The religions represented: 69% Buddhists, 16% Hindus, 8% Muslims and 7% Christians. With 69% of followers, Buddhism has been the most represented religion on the island for more than 23 centuries. Sri Lanka has played a significant role in the history of Buddhism.

During the High Middle Ages, a network of Buddhist universities spread from the Bay of Bengal to Sumatra. Their location, their daily life and the teachings that were taught there are known from the travel accounts left by pilgrims who came from China to study Buddhist law.

For all, Sri Lanka was one of the main places of worship and teaching of Buddhism. He is still today the guardian of an invaluable relic, the Tooth of the Buddha, jealously guarded by the kings of the island since the 4th century C.

  • Capital city

Colombo. Part of the administrative authorities have been transferred to Sri Jayewardenepura, or Kotte, in the eastern suburbs of Colombo.

  • Government

Socialist Democratic Republic.

Annual GNP per capita: US $ 876

  • Languages

Sinhala is the most widely used language (74% of the population). An official language, it is used in administration and at school. Related to Indo-European languages, it has been enriched over the centuries with various borrowings, from Sanskrit to English, including Pali, Portuguese and Dutch.

It has its own long alphabet (more than 50 characters). Tamil (8.5%) is spoken in the north and east of the country, as well as in the mountainous region. English is, as in India, a language of communication, used by 10% of the population.

Sri Lanka has a history as long as ancient civilizations. A multicultural society located at the crossroads between East and West, Sri Lanka celebrates a wide variety of festivals, ceremonies and other events.

Every year around April 13, Tamil and Sinhala people celebrate Sinhala and Tamil New Year, while Muslims celebrate Ramadan. Esala perahera, the elephant parades the city with the tooth of Buddha is the grandest festival taking place in Sri Lanka. It is a Buddhist festival which consists of dances and decorations adorning the elephants. You will discover fire dances, swing dances, Kandian dances and many other cultural dances. During festivals, elephants are usually dressed in lavish clothing. The festival ends with the traditional “diya-kepeema”:

Festivals in Sri Lanka

January

  • Thai Pongal – (Religious / Hindu)
  • Duruthu Full Moon Poya – (Religious / Buddhist)
  • Aluth Sahal Mangallaya (New Rice Festival) at the Temple of the Tooth – (Customary / Sinhalese / Agriculture related)
  • Patti Pongal – (Religious / Hindu / Agriculture related)
  • Patti Kiri Ithirima – (Customary / Sinhalese / Agriculture related)

February

  • The National Day (Independence Day) – (Customary / Political / Commemorating the Political Freedom attained from the British Empire)
  • Navam Full Moon Poya – (Religious / Buddhist)

March

  • Maha Shivaratri – (Religious / Hindu)
  • Milad-Un-Nabi – (Religious / Islam)
  • Medin Full Moon Poya – (Religious / Buddhist)
  • Good Friday – (Religious / Catholic / Christian)

April

  • Watching the new moon for the new Lunar year – (Customary / Astrology related)
  • Day Prior to Sinhala and Tamil New Year – (Religious / Customary / Buddhist / Hindu / Sinhalese / Agriculture related / Astrology related)
  • Sinhala and Tamil New Year – (Religious / Customary / Buddhist / Hindu / Sinhalese / Agriculture related / Astrology related)
  • National herbal oil anointing ceremony – (Customary / Buddhist / Sinhalese / Astrology related)
  • April – Bak Full Moon Poya – (Religious / Buddhist)

May

  • May Day – (Customary / Political)
  • Watching the new moon for the new Solar year – (Customary / Astrology related)
  • Vesak Full Moon Poya (Vesak) – (Religious / Buddhist)

June

  • Poson Full Moon Poya – (Religious / Buddhist)

July

  • Esala Full Moon Poya – (Religious / Buddhist)

August

  • Nikini Full Moon Poya – (Religious / Buddhist)
  • Esala Perahera – (Customary / Religious / Political / Buddhist / Hindu / Sinhalese)

September

  • Binara Full Moon Poya – (Religious / Buddhist)

October

  • Ramazan Festival – (Religious / Islam)
  • Vap Full Moon Poya – (Religious / Buddhist)
  • Deepavali – (Religious / Hindu)

November

  • Il Full Moon Poya – (Religious / Buddhist)

December

  • Haj Festival – (Religious / Islam)
  • Unduvap Full Moon Poya – (Religious / Buddhist)
  • Christmas – (Religious / Catholic / Christian)

Ayurveda is a traditional medicine from Sri Lanka, and is practiced more widely than Western medicine. Many hotels offer Ayurvedic treatment and have trained specialists to advise you on how to improve your health, or give different types of baths and massages. 

We can organize a 3-day Ayurvedic discovery for you, but a real Ayurvedic treatment lasts at least 3 weeks. If you are interested in such treatment, we will organize it for you.

your trip

At Olalalanka, we take your comfort and safety very seriously.

The vehicles we offer are recent, in very good condition, insured.

Without the driver, there will be no more than 3 people per car, 6 in an 8-seater van, 18 in a 25-seater bus …

 

Transfers to the chosen tourist sites will be made with your driver and the selected vehicle, but we can also provide you with a transfer by helicopter or seaplane

We only work with drivers who have the « driver guide » license, they are authorized to transport tourists and will provide you with all the information on the sites visited. On the other hand, they do not have the right to accompany you inside the sites. We will provide you with a booklet with all descriptions for the tours. On the other hand, if you are passionate about history, a certified guide will provide you with more information, but the cost is much higher.

It is mandatory to obtain a visa (ETA) to travel to Sri Lanka. A 30-day short-term visa is priced at $ 35 / $ 40, to be paid in US $.

You can request it directly on the government site

You can access the internet for free from some hotels or cafes.  Connections in remote towns will be slow. 

But we will provide you with a phone with a local sim card loaded with data (internet), so you can browse the web throughout your stay without worries.

the country code for Sri Lanka is +94.

Sri Lanka has a very reliable health system, but emergency relief may not be widely available outside major cities. No compulsory vaccine, protection against mosquitoes recommended.

In some parts of Sri Lanka, they go out in the late afternoon, around 6 p.m. until sunset, around 8 p.m. During these 2 hours, remember to apply a repellent lotion, wear clothes with long sleeves.

You can also use mosquito repellent sockets, mosquito nets on the bed, streamers or citronella candles. Your hotel will provide you with these items, which you can also find in most local supermarkets.

The country has been at peace since 2009

You will visit Sri Lanka feeling a sense of peace, security and stability.

Our goal is to make you visit Sri Lanka in complete safety but also in complete freedom, like adventurers. Without you realizing it, your driver will always have an eye on you, and in the event of a problem, we can be reached at the number we will give you on your arrival and we can geolocate you.

There are no strict standards on accommodation in Sri Lanka, a 5-star hotel can be of poor quality, while a guesthouse can be of very high quality.

Sri Lanka offers a wide range of types of accommodation: private villas, guesthouses, hotels, boutique hotels (very luxurious), eco lodges, treehouses or on the beach, tents.

Traditionally, the toilet and the shower are in the same room and the shower does not have a tray which allows you to take a foot bath when you are in the toilet, there is rarely toilet paper, no hot water … It is for all these reasons that before offering you a quote, we will discuss the accommodation together to better meet your expectations.

On full moon days (Poya day) alcohol, meat and fish are not served in many restaurants, it is a Buddhist day of celebration devoted to prayer and meditation. Out of respect for Buddhist religious rites, abstinence is practiced. The government has decreed that all liquor stores, meat shops and entertainment centers remain closed on Poya Day.

Although drinkable, we do not recommend drinking tap water, prefer bottled water. You can also drink delicious fruit juices and the inevitable « king coconut », not to mention Ceylon tea which has been considered the best tea in the world. Sri Lanka produces a local beer and two stronger spirits: Toddy (palm wine) and Arrack (distilled coconut palm sap) . Imported beers and foreign liquors cost the same as in most Western countries.

 

When visiting Buddhist and Hindu temples:

  • you will have to take off your shoes and leave your shoes at the entrance, prefer shoes that are easy to remove (slides, flip-flops, etc.), remember to leave a small tip for the person in charge of watching your shoes
  • do not wear a hat
  • if you have an umbrella, open it to protect yourself from the sun
  • you can wear socks to protect yourself from the scorching ground
  • your knees and shoulders must be covered
  • never pose for a photo in front of a statue of Buddha with your back to it, it is a serious offense, you could be taken directly to the airport
  • hide the representations of Buddha that you may have on you (t-shirt, tattoo …)
  • before taking a picture of a monk, ask his permission, he will be happy to pose with you.

In general, the good season is from October to April because the temperature is milder, but Sri Lanka can be visited all year round. There are 2 monsoons (heavy showers that last 15 minutes before the sun returns), one from May to August in the center / west / southwest and the other from October to January on the east coast, so it’s always sun somewhere.

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