International flight charges reduced to boost tourism

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.

Top 7 things to do in Nuwara Eliya: Sri Lanka's Little England

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!

What to See and Do in Anuradhapura

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.

7 Awesome Things To Do Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

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

10 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Sri Lanka Now

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.

The Top 11 Things to See and Do in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

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.

Sri Lanka ‘on a mission to regain tourist confidence’

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The Sri Lanka tourism sector presented a united front at this year’s Arabian Travel Market as it aimed to regain the confidence of global travellers and operators, following recent deadly attacks across key cities in the country.

Speaking to the press during a media event at ATM, Sri Lanka Tourism discussed measures taken to ensure the safety and security of tourists and outlined strategic plans to rebuild tourism stakeholder confidence to ensure the vital recovery of the tourism industry.

How to Plan a Whale Watching Excursion near Pasikuda

Located on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka, in the Batticaloa district, Pasikuda is a beautiful beach resort. The place is loved for its quiet bay and sun-bleached long white beach. Located just 1 hour and 45 minutes from Trincomalee, one has ample opportunity to enjoy whale watching

11 amazing facts you probably didn’t know about Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka is often an overlooked nation despite its size and is generally not perceived as a hidden gem of the sub-continent. Despite the claims, Sri Lanka has a lot to offer to tourists ranging from its delicious food to its ancient history, pristine beaches and wildlife. In this series we shall be exploring some of the 11 cool facts which you probably weren’t aware about Sri Lanka.

An Amateur’s Guide to Hiking, Biking and Kayaking in Sri Lanka

When it comes to small group adventure, there’s always the excitement on who else would be in your tour and how well you would get along with the group. As nerve-wracking as it sounds it may not necessarily be the best option for everyone which is why you can always opt-in for a packaged tour option instead to get the same experience with your own style.