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Sri Lanka Welcomes once you cross the threshold of the International airport Bandaranaike, which is 30 km North of Colombo is the largest city on the island.

Most of all from the airport go to the South-West coast, passing the capital of Sri Lanka on the Expressway, plunging into countless resort towns: Beruwela, Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Weligama, etc., However, will still advise you to rest after a long flight and stay for another day near the airport in the coastal town of Negombo for breath on the shore of the ocean and start to take in the local flavor. Or turn to the Eastern metropolis of Colombo, which is full of interesting attractions, and where you can spend the acclimatization – from city tours on the 2-storey bus to visit gastronomic establishments and shopping (the famous Central market of Pettach is a must to visit to feel the full Oriental Bazaar).

To the North of Colombo along the West coast there are resorts for a quiet and relaxing holiday – Waikkal, Maravila, Chilaw, up to Puttalam, located on the shore of the lagoon, skirting which on the spit you get to Kalpitiya – a Paradise for kitesurfers. Close to Puttalam huge national Park life sanctuary, home to leopards, elephants and lazy bears. Interesting to visit will also be the island of Mannar, connecting Sri Lanka with India group of Islands – “Adam’s bridge”.

Every year, an increasing number of travelers visit the city of Jaffna, located in the North of the island and can already be reached by rail. This is another attractive opportunity to get into the territory, which was closed to the public for many years of the civil war with the Tamils.

The southern coast is much more developed than the North. This is the old Dutch city of Halle with the best preserved colonial architecture and the sea fortress Fort, listed as objects under the protection of UNESCO. And the growing resort of Unawatuna, which is gaining popularity with each passing year. Weligama has turned into a real surf resort and ideal for beginners. Well, the beauty of the beaches and organized hotel service in Mirissa and Tangalle has long attracted crowds of beach lovers. In the non-resort town of Matara you can still see the remains of Dutch buildings, and Tissamaharama is a convenient starting point to visit the most popular national Park of Yala and the temples in the city of Kataragama.

To the East of Colombo deep into the island rises evergreen highlands covered with manicured tea plantations (first imported by the British), which still play a vital role in the economy of the island. In the heart of the region is Kandy – the second largest city in Sri Lanka and the cultural capital of the Sinhalese. Kandy is very much loved and revered by the Sri Lankans. Here is the most important temple, which houses the relic-the tooth of the great Buddha, as well as once a year changing the whole city, turning into the most colorful and massive festival of Sri Lanka-Esal Perahera, accompanied by a festive procession of dressed elephants, dancers, musicians, jugglers and fakirs.

To the South near the highest point of the island is the city of Nuwara Eliya, built by the British in their English style. Due to the stunning views of the tea plantations on the mountain hills, Nuwara Eliya is also called the tea capital-the center of the country’s tea industry and a convenient base for visiting the impressive Horton plains National Park. A number of towns and villages (Ella, Haputale and Bandarawela) along the southern margin of the hill country offer an appealing mixture of magnificent views, wonderful walks and British colonial charm. Near the South-Western edge of the hilly country rises to the top of the mountain Adam’s Peak – one of the main places of pilgrimage on the island; and the center of production of gems Ratnapura to the South serves as the best starting point for visiting the rich elephants Udawalawe National Park, and rare tropical forest, Singaraja.

North of Kandy, a country of hills flows into the arid plains of the Northern dry zone. This area, known as the cultural triangle, was the site of Sri Lanka’s first great civilization, and its extraordinary spread of ruined palaces, temples and pagodas still gives a compelling sense of this glorious past. First of all, these are the breathtaking ruined cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, wonderful cave temples of Dambulla, shrines on the top of the hill and the Mihintale pagoda and the extraordinary rock Citadel of Sigiriya.

The two main gates to the East are the cities of Trincomalee and Batticaloa, each boasting a masonry of colonial remains backed by bays and lagoons. In other places, a huge strip of coastline in the East remains largely undeveloped. Group a completely new resort hotels dot the waterfront in Passekudah, North of Batticaloa, although most visitors prefer the more quiet charms of a sleepy beach of Nilaveli and Uppuveli, North of Trincomalee, or the surfing centre of Arugam Bay, in the southern part of the coast.

In General, wherever you decide to go – it will be an unforgettable experience and amazing adventure. Good luck!

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Beaches

If you look at Sri Lanka from space, you will see the white outline surrounding the island, and all these sandy beaches. Walking along the coast in any part of the island you can often find just a stunning secluded beach. And most of the beaches in Sri Lanka are not crowded and, with the exception of resort areas, you can even say deserted. With developed infrastructure (cafes, sun loungers, umbrellas, water activities, etc.) beaches mainly on the South-West coast-mount Lavinia, Beruvella, Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Mirissa, Tangalle, etc.

Dalawella beach, known for its cozy villas and small hotels with a quiet lagoon – a welcome respite after a bustling resort in Unawatuna (Unawatuna).

Beach Marakele (Marakolliya) near Tangalle on the South coast of the island is simply stunning (between the lagoon and the ocean), but swimming in the ocean is not safe. A nearby beach Rekawa long and wide attracts turtles for nesting and for those who like a quiet secluded holiday surrounded by delightful scenery.

Arugam Bay is a classic resort for surfers and those who love active sports.

Uppuveli and Nilaveli near the city of Trincomalee beautiful beaches in a quiet area on the East coast.

In Batticaloa, on the East coast, most beaches are completely isolated: only for explorers, adventurers and romantics.

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Visa

Citizens of all countries except Maldives, Singapore and Seychelles require a visa or “ETA” (Electronic travel authorization) to visit Sri Lanka. Based on the confirmed ETA (online in advance on the website www.eta.gov.lk) a visa is granted for 30 days of stay in the country with the possibility of double entry, and the second entry can be made from the date of initial arrival within 30 days. The cost of visa is 35$ in case of online payment and at$ 40 – the place at the airport. In addition, it is possible to obtain a ninety-day tourist visa either in person or by mail from the nearest Embassy or Consulate. If you require a business visa, please contact your local Embassy or Consulate. Your passport must be valid for six months after the date of your arrival.

The subsequent extension of the visa is possible for 2 months in person at the Consulate of the Department of immigration (mon.-Fri. 8.30-14.00; immigration.gov.lk) at the address: 41 Ananda Rajakaruna Mawatha, Punchi Borella) and payment of the fee depending on the country of non – resident (for UK – $ 65, etc.). The cost of a two-month visa extension can be checked on the website www.immigration.gov.lk  You can renew your visa as soon as you enter Sri Lanka; the first visa is thirty days, the next visa extension is possible for up to two months. You will need to bring one photo (3×4) or take a photo on the spot (for 500 rupees). You will be provided with an application form to fill out (it is better to take a pen with you) and a tear – off check with the number of Your turn (keep the check until the end of the process-the most important document, without it, the passport will not be given). The process takes from 2 to 5 hours of walking through the offices and Windows in turn. Conditions for visa extension this is a confirmation of the availability of the necessary funds at the rate of $15 per day, although the presence of a credit card, in most cases, will be enough.

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Sri Lanka, also known as Ceylon

For centuries, the island of Sri Lanka has attracted travelers from all over the world with its unique natural diversity, concentrated in a relatively small area. Natural resources: rare spices, precious stones, magnificent elephants, as well as a favorable geographical location on the sea trade route, have always been the cause of wars of Indian, Arab and European traders. Looking at the map of Sri Lanka, many compared it to a tear flowing down from India, or a pearl. The island, located just above the equator among the calm waters of the Indian ocean, is rich in unique natural beauty and diversity. Sri Lanka’s irresistible wildlife landscapes include sandy beaches in palm thickets, mountain peaks covered with manicured tea plantations, rivers and lakes, jungle forests inhabited by vast populations of elephants, leopards and rare endemic bird species. Also, the island has no shortage of historical attractions. The preserved achievements of the early Sinhalese civilization, which is more than two thousand years old, can be seen in the remains of destroyed cities, religious monuments and temples, which are characterized by a high level of development of their time and many are included in the list of objects under the protection of UNESCO. Buddhism, as a religion, continues to serve as a benchmark of national identity for the Sinhalese population of the island, while Sri Lanka’s historical role gives it a unique cultural value that permeates the life of the island at all levels.

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