Tourism Update – Sri Lanka Offers Visa Free Travel to Indian Travelers

Tourism Update – Enjoy Visa Free Holiday Travel in Sri Lanka

Published: 03 Nov, 2023By

Great news for Indian travelers planning a holiday in Sri Lanka! In an effort to boost its tourism sector, Sri Lanka introduced a new initiative on October 24, 2023, granting visa-free travel to tourists from India and six other countries.

Sri Lanka’s economy suffered a major crisis in the recent years from which it is still recuperating. The Easter Bombings in 2019, COVID pandemic of 2020-21 and the financial crisis suffered by the country last year, dealt a blow to the country’s economy, affecting the tourism sector among others. In a move to improve Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, the government decided among other measures to promote tourism and has introduced a visa-free pilot project for tourists coming to Sri Lanka from seven countries. These countries include India, China, Russia, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, and Thailand. The visa-free travel remains in effect from October 24, 2023 till March 31, 2024.

Sri Lanka, with its new initiative for travel hopes to generate revenue with an aim to attract at least 2 million foreign travelers this year. As much as 2 lakh Indian tourists traveled to Sri Lanka this year till September, forming a good twenty-percent of the country’s foreign travelers, making India a favored source market for tourism for the country. By introducing such a move, Sri Lanka’s government hopes for a boost in travelers, especially from India.

About Sri Lanka Tourism

Buddhist Temple in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a land of legends and rich cultures. Be it the calmness of nature or the chill vibes of nightlife, Sri Lanka’ s exquisite shores will teleport you into the world of fairy-tale. It is small in size but has 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Numerous wonders like beaches, national parks, hills, tea-estates and surreal religious sites makes Sri Lanka the best international holiday destination in the world. So, planning a vacation in Sri Lanka will be worth it.

Some of the Popular Destinations & Tourist Attractions to Visit in Sri Lanka

Yala National Park Sri Lanka

  • Adam’s Peak is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. Sunrise view from the top of the mountain and gorgeous landscapes will compel you to stay there forever.
  • Village of Mirissa is one of the must visit tourist destinations in Sri Lanka. This village is scenic and surreal. The beach of Mirissa is less crowded and perfect for a relaxing beach vacation. Fishing and whale watching is the best thing to do here.
  • Yala National Park has the highest Leopard densities in the world. Decked with nature’s beauty all around and exotic wildlife, Yala National Park is a top tourist attraction to visit in Sri Lanka.
  • Hustle and bustle of the city life of Colombo is the best thing to do in Sri Lanka. It is also an ideal budget international travel destination to visit in Sri Lanka. You can try out different cuisines, explore museums and temples and check out the nightlife of this stunning place.
  • Without visiting Jaffna your Sri Lanka tour from India will be incomplete. It is a land of beautiful temples and historical monuments which shows a lot about the culture and heritage of Sri Lanka.
  • Ulpotha in Sri Lanka is a must visit destination as it is a perfect getaway for a relaxing holiday in the lap of nature. There are many Ayurveda centers for Yoga to relax your soul.
  • Travelling to SriLanka would be memorable, if you visit Tissamaharama. It is an ideal retreat for photography lovers. Tissa Weva Lake and stupas add serenity and tranquility to its surroundings.

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Sharon William

Sharon is a curious human who is always eager to learn about the history and mysteries of places, which she then brings to life with her words. A travel writer at Tour My India, her bucket list keeps expanding every day in search of places to explore.


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