Sri Lanka, formerly named as Ceylon by Europeans, is an island country lying in the Indian Ocean & between the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. Sri Lanka is well-known as a treasured island in South Asia for its charming beauty of untouched beaches, breath-taking mountains as well as plenty of mysterious ancient ruins dating back for thousands of years.
Proximity to the Indian subcontinent has facilitated close cultural interaction between Sri Lanka and India from ancient times. They say, since most of the time Sri Lankan kings married Indian princesses they incorporated Indian culture, still preserving the unique Sri Lankan identity. Hence, may be this is the reason that in my trip to Colombo, I never felt that I am in another country.
1. Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake
2. Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport Mattala
3. Batticaloa Int’l Airport , Batticaloa
Getting a Sri Lanka Tourist Visa can be an easy task if you apply online. Indian passport holder can apply for an ETA ( Electronic Travel Authorization) and you will be allowed to stay in the country for up to 30 days in total.
Best time to visit Sri Lanka;
The best time to visit the west and south coasts is between December and April, while on the east coast the climate is at its finest from May through to October. So plan accordingly.
Few places to explore;