1. VISA process: The ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) is an official authorization for a short visit to Sri Lanka and as the name suggests, it is issued electronically. Applicants receive their visas via email, after filling the application form with the necessary information. Once the payment process is completed, you can get your ETA . There are plenty of sites that issue the ETA. Compare prices before you make the payment as some sites are more expensive and add exorbitant amount of service fee. Show your ETA letter at immigration on arrival and that's it.
2. Indian Driving License is not valid in Sri Lanka. You need to get a Temporary Driving Permit from the Motor Vehicles Department at Colombo (you can seek your car/bike rental agency’s help to get this done quickly, for a fee). Fill a temporary driving permit form, submit it along with the copy of your Indian Driving License Or International Driving Permit and pay a fee. It costs about Rs 2500 including tax or 6000 LKR and takes at least 5 hours to get processed. 3. For SAARC countries, the entry fee for most of the tourist sites are discounted. Carry your Indian passport to avail the benefit.
4. Homestays are the best accommodations in Sri Lanka for a more holistic cultural experience.
5. As all the bus terminals are on the highway, booking hotels along the main roads will help you save the commute time and money.