Turkey

Explore One of the world best
tourist attraction.

History. Culture. Ancient monuments, fortresses, and Greco-Roman cities. Diverse landscapes. Turkey consists of all that and so much more. This is a country that straddles two continents (Asia and Europe), and this fusion is evident in their cuisine and traditions. It does not matter if you are a history buff or a foodie, or even both, for Turkey has everything to make you want to come back for more!

A richly historical land with some of the best cuisine you will ever taste,
scenery from beaches to mountains and the great city of İstanbul.

Destination Information

Airline connectivity

  • Turkish Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways
  • Qatar Airways
  • Oman Air
  • Gulf Air

Must-visit places

  • Hagia Sophia Musem
  • The Blue Mosque
  • Topkapi Palace
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Bosphorus
  • Basilica Cistern
  • Galata Tower
  • Taksim Square
  • Princes’ Islands
  • Bursa
  • Bodrum
  • Cappadocia

Best time to visit

  • March to June and September to October

TRAVEL TIPS

  • Turkish food is famous throughout the world. Look forward to meze comprising houmous and other dips, dolma (stuffed vine leaves), cheese cigars, the ubiquitous doner kebab and pide – a kind of pizza. Exotic freshly squeezed juices, nuts and fruit are available everywhere. If you feel like a java jolt, try Turkish coffee – rich, dark and often laced with cardamom.
  • Tipping is expected in Turkey and leaving a 10-15% tip on your bill in a restaurant is generally an acceptable amount. When it comes to other areas of the service industry, such as taxis and hairdressers, rounding up the fare is a nice gesture but not obligatory. In upmarket hotels it is also recommended that you leave the equivalent of a couple of dollars per day for housekeeping and concierge staff. Tour guides should also be tipped the equivalent of around USD $10-15 per person per day.
  • In Turkey bargaining is just as much a social practice as it is a business one and almost everything in a marketplace can be bought on a bargain. The best way to get a good price in one of Turkey’s many bazaars is by maintaining a smile throughout the entire transaction, remaining polite and not letting on how much you want the item. If the vendor believes you are not really bothered about whether you buy the item or not, he or she will bring the price down to tempt you.
  • Turkey’s mosques, including the stunning Blue Mosque in Istanbul, are open to all visitors, Muslim and non-Muslim, but it is important to abide by the rules and cultural etiquette standards that are in place.

THE BEST THINGS TO BUY

  • Turkish Delights
  • Nazar Boncugu : The Evil Eye
  • Sweet Baklava
  • Traditional Turkish Carpets
  • Tea and Coffee
  • Exotic Spices
  • Nargile Pipes
  • Leather and Gold
  • Mosaic Glass Lamps

VISA INFORMATION

  • Please visit https://www.konsolosluk.gov.tr/VisaInfo/Index for further information.

For more information

Sri Lankan Mission
Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka – Ankara, Turkey
Swallow Street, No: 41 , G.O.P, Cankaya, Ankara, Turkey
TEL – +90 312 427 10 20 – 25 E-mail – lankacomnd@mea.gov.lk Website – http://srilanka.org.tr

Sri Lankan Consulate – Istanbul, Turkey
Turkey Abdi Ipekci, Cad No. 33 80200, Tesvikiye, Istanbul, Turkey
TEL – +90 212 232 4700 E-mail – cerrahgil@cerrahgil.com.tr Website – http://srilanka.org.tr

Map

This magical meeting place of East and West
has more top-drawer attractions than it has minarets (and that’s a lot).