In Sri Lanka the normal line of notes includes the 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 and 2000 rupee notes. Coins that are typically used today are the 1, 2 and 5 rupee coins. Other coins that are still present but rarely used are the 25 and 50 cent coins.
The Sri Lankan currency is broken down in to 100 units and one characteristic sets it apart from other currencies in the world. It is the only currency to have a vertical print on its reverse side.
If traveling on the public transport it is general practice to have a fair amount of change as bus conductors tend to be short on coins. This is not the case when it comes to three wheelers (tuk tuks) as the charges are higher.
When withdrawing from an ATM, the smallest note that can be obtained are 100 Rupee notes while 1,000 and 2,000 notes are also sometimes discharged.
Travel Information in Sri Lanka