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Asia’s Hidden Paradise

Why is it when people think ‘Asian holiday’, most think of a mainland nation? Why is it this gem of a nation isn’t the top of everyone’s bucket list? With one trip and a few Sri Lankan rupees, you’ll be wondering the same thing yourself.

What makes a perfect tropical beach? Swinging coconut palms, smooth white sand, perfect blue waters, waves big enough for surfing yet mild enough for swimming… these are the ingredients for absolute seaside paradise. While most beaches on the planet are lucky if they can tick two of these items off, Sri Lanka’s coastline meets all the criteria and then some.

But what about after you’ve dried off? Sri Lanka has the staggering 12th Century ruins in Polonnaruwa, which have had over 800 years of practice at taking breaths away. Or venture into the larger cities like Kandy and you’ll find dining to knock your socks back to Polonnaruwa. And the best way to enjoy Sri Lanka is by buying things, and for that you’ll need to swap your Aussie dollars for Sri Lankan rupees.

Buying Sri Lankan Rupees Online

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Coins and notes

Sri Lanka likes a good coin. The current coins in circulation are worth 25c and 50c, then round rupees worth Rs1, Rs2, Rs5 and Rs10. Notes range through Rs10, Rs20, Rs100, Rs500, Rs1,000, Rs2,000 and Rs5,000. Chances are you won’t find many Rs10 notes though; the coin always tends to be more common.

Facts about the currency

  • You can enter Sri Lanka with up to Rs5,000 in cash, and any foreign currencies adding up to more than USD $15,000 have to be declared on your way in.
  • The rupee has been in effect since January 1872, when it replaced the British pound sterling – that still makes the rupee an incredibly old currency!
  • Sri Lankan banknotes are printed with former political figures on one side, flora and fauna on the other.
  • Cents are an endangered species in Sri Lanka – you’re likely to find that their coins don’t make much ‘cents’.