A team of 18 Australian travel and tour operators arrived in Sri Lanka on a ten-day long familiarization tour hosted by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB).
Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) expressed confidence on a faster recovery of the sector with over two million arrivals this year, backed by recent reduction of charges at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and other supportive measures.
Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) Chairman Johanne Jayaratne said that the recovery is happening in much faster than they anticipated. “We are very well on the path to reaching the numbers where we were in 2018. Mr. Jayaratne stated that at a media briefing in Colombo at the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (SLITHM)
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The Sri Lankan government on Monday approved to reduce the charges for ground handling, aviation fuel and the embarkation levy for all international flights landing at the Bandaranaike International Airport in order to attract more international visitors to the island country.
In a statement, the Tourism Ministry said the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) together with the Prime Minister’s office, the Tourism Ministry and the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka tabled the cabinet paper and received the approval to reduce charges for six months.
Nuwara Eliya was truly a magical stop in Sri Lanka. It was emerald green tea leaves for days, cascading waterfalls and quaint colonial buildings which made me feel like I was at home in UK.
You can tell why they call it Sri Lanka’s little England as soon as you arrive.
The weather is freezing, it rains more often than not and there are tonnes of Colonial style buildings dotted all over the place. Even the tea plantations are named after English cities and counties!
The sacred city of Anuradhapura is made up of monastic complexes dedicated to different sects of Buddhism including Theravada, Mahavihara, and Mahayana. It also has four monumental stupas (Jetavana, Ruyanvelisaya, Mirisavati and Abhayagiri).
Visitors can also see the ruins of fortified walls and a system of moats that protected the secular part of the city known as the Citadel. The outskirts of Anuradhapura were mainly used for agriculture. A remarkably advanced water hydraulic system allowed for year-round irrigation.
Trincomalee is a great little town on the east coast of Sri Lanka. Trincomalee offers beautiful white sand and is one of the best beaches of Sri Lanka. The east coast is upcoming and way more quiet than the south, which is a perfect reason to plan a visit. Trincomalee is surrounded by wildlife, hilltops and rock formations. Take about 2 or 3 full days in this town because there are quite some great things to do in Trincomalee.
1. Nilaveli Beach
Since the end of the civil war in 2009, Sri Lanka’s tourist arrival numbers have tripled from 2010 to 2018, and this trend is bound to continue to soar over the next few years, and for good reason too.
While Sri Lanka has been “up-and-coming” for a few years, this beautiful island has been thrust into the spotlight and recently made it onto tons of “Top Travel Destinations” lists including this one by the Lonely Planet. This trend hasn’t gone unnoticed by the hotel industry, with a plethora of luxury properties opening left, right and center.
Only a few hours from Colombo, Nuwara Eliya sits in the hill country in eternal temperate winter and is charmingly called “Little England”, due to it being where British settlers built their holiday bungalows and spent their down time. Here’s the top things to see and do in the area.