Trip Notes

A little bit about Sri Lanka

The official name of the nation is the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. In 1972, the national constitution discarded the name Ceylon and adopted the name of Sri Lanka. In Sinhala, the language of the majority, Sri means "blessed" and Lanka is the name of the island. Sri Lanka is a small tropical island off the southern tip of India. The island nation covers approximately 25,332 square miles (65,610 square kilometers) and is divided ecologically into a dry zone stretching from the north to the southeast and a wet zone in the south, west, and central regions.

Internal Travel Info:

The closest airport is the Colombo Airport. From the Colombo airport it is about a 3hr shuttle ride to Talala Resort. We will arrange airport shuttle for you through the resort for an extra cost upon request.

The People/ Language:

There are three official languages in Sri Lanka: Sinhala, Tamil, and English. Sinhala, the language of the majority, and Tamil, spoken by Muslims as well as ethnic Tamils, are the
primary languages of the island. The current Sri Lankan national identity is dominated by the Sinhala (Sinhalese people) majority, although this identity is resisted by the minority ethnic groups. Since independence, national leadership has consistently appealed to the Sinhala majority and the strength of the Buddhist monastic orders, marginalizing the non-Sinhala, non-Buddhists from the Sri Lankan identity and limiting access to state-controlled benefits. Despite the politicization of separate ethnic identities, there is a core of cultural beliefs, practices, and values that are largely shared among the people of Sri Lanka, particularly in the domains of the economy, social stratification, gender, family, and etiquette.

Money/ Currency:

The local currency is called the Sri Lankan rupee. $1 CDN is equal to 131 Sri Lankan Rupee. You can withdrawl cash from atm's in Sri Lanka with your bank card or pay for spa treatments and anything extra with your credit card at the resort.

Check with your bank about the costs of international ATM withdrawals. The Canadian bank (RBC) charges $5 CDN per withdrawal, but also offers the option of an international VIP account - it's an account that costs $30 CDN for the month, but offers unlimited free international withdrawals. It is an excellent deal, and you might be able to find an equivalent offered by your bank.

The Food:

Sip on a king coconut and enjoy the gentle sea breeze as you savour gourmet Talalla flavours in their stunning open-air restaurant pavilion. Vibrant tropical fruit, crisp seasonal fresh vegetables and fresh local seafood feature prominently in their traditional Sri Lankan delicacies and international favourites.

They are proud of our low-mileage approach to food, sourcing local ingredients and produce from nearby markets and fishing villages. Much of the resort’s herbs and spices are grown organically on the property, while other seasonal ingredients are freshly sourced daily from local markets and fishermen.

Sit just steps from the ocean while you dine on your choice of fresh fish tacos, mahi mahi burgers, island style fried rice, and more!


Tipping is not expected but very much appreciated.


The Climate in Sri Lanka is tropical and consists of very distinctive dry and wet seasons. The average temperature of Sri Lanka usually ranges from 28 – 32 degrees Celsius which may differ due to global weather conditions as a whole.


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