Sri Lanka, located south of India in the Indian Ocean, lies at a key strategic position in the primary shipping lane of South Asia and South East Asia. The country shares extensive cultural and historical links with India. Sri Lanka is steadily increasing its reputation as a wonderful honeymoon destination. It surely matches the very best sea beaches of the world with fine white sand beaches. The country has beautiful rolling hills of manicured tea gardens, colonial British architecture, scenic natural parks and interesting attractions like the caves of Sigiriya, a popular UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sri Lanka’s capital city Colombo is an exciting destination with swanky shopping malls, nightclubs, restaurants, cafes, revamped sea fronts an plenty of attractions like museums, art galleries and cultural centres.
Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital city is an exciting South Asian city with a mix of colonial and modern day architecture. You will find a mix of Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial era heritage buildings. Check out the revamped Galle Face Green, a wonderful ocean front with a garden. See the National Museum of Colombo that documents the country’s rich history and customs. Independence Memorial Hall, Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, etc are the few more attractions that deserve mention. Kandy is a beautiful city located in the central Sri Lanka and is renowned for Sigiriya, one of the UNECO World Heritage Sites of the country with historic caves, paintings and palaces. Check out the scenic Kandy Lake, Temple of the Tooth, Royal Botanical Gardens and Royal Palace of Kandy. Galle is a beautiful coastal city located in the Southern Province. It has few amazing sights like Galle Fort, National Maritime Museum, Galle Dutch Fort, Galle House. Apart from these three main cities, you can also visit places like Trincomalee, Dambulla, Bentota, NuwaraEliya, Negombo, etc.
Sri Lanka has excellent flight connectivity with Indian cities. Several domestic airlines offer regular scheduled flights from Indian cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Cochin and other Indian cities. The cheapest flights to Colombo are available from Chennai and Cochin. SriLankan Airlines is the official national airlines of the country that is steadily rising in stature and reputation. South East Asian regional low cost airlines are available that offers low airfare deals.
Sri Lanka has started Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) from 2012. This policy is applicable for all travellers visiting the country. ETA can be availed prior to your travel to Sri Lanka or on arrival at the country’s major international airports. Indian citizens can obtain visa on arrival which is valid for 30 days. All visa applications are now processed online and Indian travellers are issued with e-Visa. Indian citizens must submit a duly signed and filled form that is free of charge and can be downloaded from any authorised visa processing agents. You must submit your passport with at least 6-months validity along with 2 latest passport size coloured photographs. You must show proof of return or onward airfare ticket, proof of adequate funds.The visa processing generally takes around 48 hours to process excluding holidays and weekends. The Sri Lanka visa fees for each application is around USD 10 and is non-refundable while the charges of obtaining a tourist ETA is around is 39 USD approximately.
Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with plenty of attractions and destinations. However, its small size is ideal for checking the major destinations and highlights. Every Sri Lanka holiday package must include the major cities of Colombo, Kandy and Galle. You must include Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and misty rolling tea plantations of NuwaraEliya. The ideal length of any Sri Lanka tour package should include 7-8 days for a memorable vacation in this beautiful Indian Ocean island nation.
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