Most of the time you will only need light clothing such as t-shirts, shorts, light trousers (cotton), or long skirts and sandals or flip-flops. It is important to have at least one set of garments that covers the knees and elbows to be allowed into temples. A scarf, which can be wrapped around ones shoulders, is also very handy. As the hill country is quite a lot cooler than the coastal areas, it is worth bringing a light sweatshirt or jumper. It is advisable to bring a raincoat and one pair of sneakers or hiking shoes. In Nuwara Eliya, you can find lots of warmer clothing from big brands such as Columbia, Volcom,Fox, H & M, C & A, Pepe Jeans at very cheap prices as they come directly from the factory outlet.A small, folding umbrella is also a good thing to carry with you.
It pays to buy European-quality repellent to sufficiently protect yourselves from mosquitoes and sand fleas.
American Dollars are accepted almost everywhere. We recommend that you Exchange your Euros or US Dollars at the airport, where there are several bureaux de change as well as a few ATMs.
If you are paying entrance fees or for small personal expenses, it is advisable to have Sri Lankan Rupees with you (best to have small denominations, as many places will not accept 5000 Rupee notes). If you pay entrance fees and other personal expenses, the Sri Lankan rupee (Rest) is the simplest tender. Banks and currency Exchange services are common in all larger villages, but please note that they are closed on weekends and on public holidays. ATMs are available in all larger towns Credit cards are accepted island-wide without any problem (especially MasterCard and Visa), but for smaller purchases is better to have cash in the local currency. For quick conversion you can use our currency converter on this page. Regarding the exchange rate, count around 125 rupees per dollar and 165 rupees per euro.