Sri Lanka's initiative to grant free visas to Indian travellers until March 31, 2024, as part of a pilot program to boost its tourism sector. It is also applicable to six other nations: Russia, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Japan.
Sri Lanka is renowned for its breathtaking islands, picturesque beaches, diverse wildlife, delicious cuisine, and vibrant culture. With the relaxation of visa restrictions for Indian visitors, here is the list of offbeat and scenic travel destinations in Sri Lanka that deserve a spot on your travel wishlist.
Anuradhapura | andBeyond
It has majestic dagobas, ancient monasteries, and revered reservoirs, and is a living testament to Sri Lanka's spiritual heritage. Central to this site is the Sri Maha Bodhi, one of the world’s oldest trees grown from a tree cutting under which Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodhgaya in India. Exploring this historical marvel on a bicycle will give you a memorable experience.
Mirissa | Unsplash
Mirissa has earned the reputation of Sri Lanka's finest beach for its pristine white sands, azure waters, and beautiful palm trees offering the perfect beach scenery. Tangalla and Unawatuna are ideal for sunbathing, surfing, and staying in beachfront bungalows.
Negombo | Authentic India Tours
Negombo is Sri Lanka's culturally rich city which has cathedrals and churches with origins dating back to the colonial period and therefore, it is referred to as 'Little Rome'. It is known for its festivals, historic fort, the Dutch Canal, and delicious seafood. Bird enthusiasts can enjoy observing vibrant avian population.
Uda Walawe National Park
Uda Walawe National Park | Viator
When you visit Uda Walawe National Park, you will feel as if you are in East Africa. There are grasslands and forests where you can spot animals like sambar deer, crocodiles, tropical birds, and a significant population of elephants.
Delft Island | Tripadvisor
You need to take a boat trip to reach Delft Island which is located 30 km from the mainland of Jaffna. You can explore its marine life, and witness the blend of Dutch and Portuguese colonial remnants harmonizing with the indigenous Tamil lifestyle. You must visit Delft Fort, Hanuman Footprint, Pigeon Nest, and Dutch Horse Stables here.
Sigiriya | Sigiriya
This is a place you must visit when you travel to Sri Lanka. It is a fortress with landscaped gardens and a monastery. Sigiriya Lions Rock is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a tourist attraction with 200 meters high and visitors need to climb 1,200 steps to reach the top.
There is a ‘mirror wall’ where visitors can see their reflection while walking by it. There is also evidence of a wall, 140 metres long and 40 metres high, covered with paintings of ladies. You can trek here and see the breathtaking view of Sigiriya in lush greenery.