Driving tips for visitors to Sri-Lanka

(1) Make sure that you have a valid driver's license and that your vehicle is adequately insured
(2) Although not mandatory, always wear your seatbelts for safety.
(3) Do not use a mobile phone without a hands-free or Blue-Tooth kit when on the road. It is a punishable offence to handle a mobile phone with your hands while driving.
(4) Headlamp flashing means make way for me!
(5) Three wheelers / Buses / Motor Cyclists / Cyclists the majority of these do not have proper working indicator lights on their vehicles. Be prepared to make sudden stops, swerves etc.
(6) Parking - parking on most pavement areas in Colombo is prohibited. Please use designated parking areas. The usual fee is Rs. 20.00 per hour.
(7) Give way to vehicles approaching from your right at intersections and roundabouts.
(8) Honk your horn to gain attention, caution other road users.

Independence: 4 February 1948

Administrative capital: Sri Jayewardenepura

Commercial capital: Colombo

Administrative divisions: 9 provinces; Central, North Central, North Eastern, North Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Uva, Western, Eastern Province.

Climate: Typically tropical, with a northeast monsoon (December to March) bringing unsettled weather to the north and east, and a southwest monsoon (June to October) bringing bad weather to the south and west

Terrain: Mostly low, flat to rolling plain; mountains in south-central interior

Highest mountain: Pidurutalagala, 2,524m

Highest waterfall: Bambarakanda, 263m

 

Last Updated( Tuesday 15, October 2013 09:50:25 PM )