Friday, September 10, 2021

Money & Shopping in Sri Lanka

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Costs

Accommodation in Sri Lanka is somewhat more costly than in Southeast Asia. Food, on the other hand, is comparable: Local street food costs around €1, a dinner at a local restaurant is about €2-€5, and a bottle of local Lion beer costs about €1. There are modest lodgings, hostels, and homestays all throughout the nation. Prices range from €10 to €20 depending on the equipment. Many tiny boutique hotels have developed along the shore in recent years, with rates ranging from €20 to €30 per night for a double room. Expect to spend more than €40 for greater comfort.

Currency

The Sri Lankan rupee (LKR) is the currency. There are coins in the denominations of 25 and 50 cents (bronze), 1 rupee (old version is large and silver, new version is tiny and gold), 2 rupees (silver), and 5 rupees (gold), as well as banknotes ranging from LKR10 to 5000. Coins that are more than a few years old are often in poor shape.

Things to buy

Sri Lankan handicrafts Reed, cane, cotton, paper, leather, wood, clay, metal, and gemstones have been changed and re-expressed in a variety of batiks, toys, curios, and jewelry, all beautiful handcrafted treasures.

Credit cards and ATMs, banking services

ATMs are widely available (particularly at bank offices) in cities and suburbs, but less so in rural areas. Use credit cards with caution, since credit card fraud is on the increase in Sri Lanka. You may also withdraw from debit cards (Cirrus, Maestro, Visa Electron, and so forth) that have the logos shown. When you return to your home country, your bank will usually replace your card. Not every ATM takes foreign cards; try Commercial Bank; they do. REMEMBER! You cannot transfer money from Sri Lanka to another country via Western Union or Money Gram. While in Sri Lanka, money may only be received via international money transfers.