Before you go to a country you know nothing about, like Srilanka, it’s still important to learn a little bit.

Sri Lanka has one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world through the hills of the country. Carpeted with lush green tea gardens, roaring waterfalls mingling with the clouds and landscapes shimmering in sunlight and disappearing under the rising mist.

 

Ceylon Tea is one of  “The World’s best Tea producers”. Sri Lanka formerly Ceylon. And now officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in South Asia near south-east India. Sri Lanka has maritime borders with India to the northwest and the Maldives to the southwest. It’s in the Indian Ocean.

 

“Eighth Wonder of World” Enter a time when men tamed the rocks, filled oceans & built cities in the sky is in Sri Lanka.

“The surfing capital of the world” you can surf and dive world-class sites without world-class crowds.

 

“The highest density of leopards in the world” yes, has Safari wild national park.

Sri Lanka called also as a Islands of Gems because has earned itself the nickname as Ratnadeepa. Various exotic colored gemstone jewelry pieces mounted with Sri Lankan jewels such as sapphire, ruby, garnet and alexandrite can be traced back from jewelry collections all over the world. Sri Lanka is known as Ceylon Sapphire or Blue Sapphires.

It is also a splendid place to watch whales and dolphins in their natural habitat.

Everyone thinks that cricket is the national Sport in Sri Lanka, although it  is definitely the most popular sport in the country, Volleyball is the National sport.

Food: Dishes include rice and curry, pittu, kiribath, wholemeal roti, string hoppers, Watalappam (a rich pudding of Malay origin made of coconut milk, Jaggery, cashew nuts, eggs, and spices including cinnamon and nutmeg), kottu, and hoppers. Jackfruit may sometimes replace rice. Traditionally food is served on a plantain leaf or lotus leaf.

*Note to 1st time visitors: Sinhalese (locals) eat meals using hands. but tourists are welcome to ask for utensils.

Celebration: In April, Sri Lankans celebrate the Buddhist and Hindu new year festival. Esala Perahera is a symbolic Buddhist festival consisting of dances and decorated elephants held in Kandy in July and August. Fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandian dances and various other cultural dances are integral parts of the festival. Christians celebrate Christmas on 25 December to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and Easter to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Tamils celebrate Thai Pongal and Maha Shivaratri, and Muslims celebrate Hajj and Ramadan.

Transportation: Sri Lanka has an extensive road network for inland transportation. With more than 100,000 km of paved roads, it has one of the highest road densities in the world (1.5 km of paved roads per every 1sq.km. of land).

 

Tuktuk with Meter

 

Tuk tuk with meter

Tuktuk without meter

*I personally prefer Tuktuks with meter because it indicates clearly how much the fare is*.

Budget taxi (must book by calling their office/operator)

Budget Taxi telephone number.

 

Online service car (Their version of Grab/Uber is called “Pick me” )

Government bus

Private bus (Air conditioned & a little more pricey)

Train (My favorite! The whole of Sri Lanka is accessible by train)

 

The rail network of  Sri Lanka consists of main lines, coastal lines, and up-country lines. In addition, air- and water-based transportation modalities augment the inland transport of the country. And soon to open Sky Metro rail Transit.

Religion: Sri Lanka is a multi-religious country, Buddhists comprise 70 percent of the population,  Most Buddhists are of the Sinhalese ethnic group. Hinduism is the second most prevalent religion in Sri Lanka and predates Buddhism. Hindus are mainly Tamils. Islam is the third most dominant religion in the country, having first been brought to the island by Arab traders over the course of many centuries, starting around the 7th century AD. Christianity reached the country through Western colonists in the early 16th century. Around 7.4% of the Sri Lankan population are Christians, of which 82% are Roman Catholics who trace their religious heritage directly to the Portuguese. The remaining Christians are evenly split between the Anglican Church of Ceylon and other Protestant denominations.

 

Sri Lanka was ranked the third most religious country in the world, with 99% of Sri Lankans saying religion was an important part of their daily life.

Srinlankan Money: Sri Lankan Rupee is the currency of Sri Lanka.

Sinhalese and Tamil are the two official languages of Sri Lanka.

Okay let’s go back to the main topic:

How to Apply for a visa to Sri Lanka?

Step 1: Before applying  please ensure you are very clear on your ‘purpose of visit’

Online Visa Application Website

 

Step 2: Click Online Visa Application

Step 3: Select the language you want.

Select if it’s individual or group visa

 

Step 4: Select if it’s individual or group visa that you are applying for.

Step 5: The application cost will appear (as of this date it is $35  please check  the updated visa fee on the official website ).

Alternative payment methods : Charge Cards or Debit Cards.

 

Step 6: You can pay using your credit card or debit card.

Step 7: If everything is in order, you will get the confirmation thru email within 2-3 minutes, make sure to save all the details.

Step 8: If there is a problem or delay with your confirmation, Use this link to check the status of your visa application if needed.

Step 9: Don’t forget to check your passport expiry date…. and print your visa.

Welcome to Sri Lanka Wonder Of Asia. “Easy Visa Access”!

Tourism Hotline : 1912

(Hotline service is only available when dialed within Sri Lanka)

Sri Lanka Tourism Head Office

+94 112426900

+94 112 440001 / 2426984

No. 80, Galle Road, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Map:

 

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