Sri Lanka has a great importance to the location of India Politically as well as geographically. Its one of the cheapest destination from India in terms of monetary exchange and travel time.Best part about Sri Lanka is you just need to obtain the permit to visit online and you can travel any time. Its a Visa Free destination for the Indian Passport Holders.

Today in this blog will tell you all about the Best places to Visit in Sri Lanka. You can Prepare your Travel Itinerary from details and can manage the time for smooth travel to this beautiful Island country of Indian Ocean.

  1. Arrive in Colombo – As the flights from all over India are Cheaper to Colombo and road travel is the best option in Sri Lanka.
  2. Drive to Galle Fort / Dutch Fort – Cycling is the best option to explore the huge fort buzzing with the life in the form of Museums, Villas, Administrative offices, Shops and lot more.
    Situation – Southern cost 132 Kms off Colombo.
  3. Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage – A 147 Acres of natural habitat consists of different species of plants and trees. It’s one of the largest in Sri Lanka. You can have a full day picnic over here with the elephants and vast variety of Flora and Fauna.
    Situation – You can Visit this Place Enroute Kandy Via Colombo.
  4. Wale Watching  –A spectacular experience to watch the world’s largest mammals if you are lucky. Dolphins can also be seen playing in the water. You can also Spot Killer Whales, Pilot Whales and Bryde’s Whale, Best time to Visit is in the morning  taking the cruise from Galle to Mirissa Fishery.
  5. Scuba Diving & Snorkeling –South and Northeast cost are recommended for the scuba diving from October to April. Indian Oceans water surrounding the cost line of Sri Lanka will never disappoint you with its rich marine Life and coral reef located off cost of Mount Lavinia. It’s a home to some of the most amazing aquatic life.
  6. Trails to Tea Estate – Morning Walk is the best time to explore the tea estate of Sri Lanka. Ceylon Tea Trails are one of the best estates of Sri lanka Tea. Its one of the finest quality of tea exported to the entire world. Winter and the early springs are the best time to visit the place for a natural Creamy tea in the morning with the natures Walk.
  7. Trek To Adams Peak– Although the trek is very exhaustive in Nature. Its famous for its curious impressions of the foot prints painted in golden  are found on the trek. Winters are the best for trekking. Time could be made suitable as per your schedule.
  8. Visit to Sigiriya– Sigiriya has beautiful hand made paintings made by the king himself according tho the locals all around the circumference. You will find a beautiful palace made up of white marble which is a epitome of beauty.
  9. Turtle Hatchery– It was started in Sri Lanka in order to encompass the decreasing population of turtles and to safe them from extinction. Here different species of turtle eggs are hatched Fed and cared till the age of 4 years. You can find leatherback, Green and Olive Ridhley Species of Turtles.
    Location: Bentota
  10. Polonnaruwa Sacred City– This city is will take you the golden history of Sri Lanka. You can See the remains of the ancient palaces, shrines statute of Parakramabahu, Lotus shaped pond made on 4 tiers.
  11. Dambulla Cave Temple – This is the world heritage site declared in 1991. Climb the stairs in the morning which is the best time to go for the excursion. Tickets are sold half way the temple stairs, so don’t miss to take the one for your self. It cost you $25 per person. Five different caves are built in different time.
  12. Kandy to Ella Train Journey – Train is the most affordable and comfortable way to explore the beautiful island country. this train journey is full of scenic beauty.

For tourists and tour operators alike there are certain facets of Sri Lanka that should not be missed when compiling an itinerary or panning a holiday. All you need are make money and travel the world, 2 or more of the following will combine to create a memorable holiday in Sri Lanka.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

There are 7 world Heritage sites in Sri Lanka. The 3 ancient and magnificent cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya were inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list is 1982 followed by Galle, Kandy and the Sinharaja Forest Reserve in 1988. Finally the Golden Temple of Dambulla was added to the World Heritage list in 1991. These places of historical and natural significance are not to be missed for any visitor to Sri Lanka.

Asian Elephants in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan elephants (Elephus Maximus – Asian Elephants) known as Aliya or Etaha (tuskers) by local people is the most beloved animal in Sri Lanka. They display fascinating behavior and have great National value as a tourist attraction. There are many National parks around the country to see elephants. The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, first of its kind in the world is a unique place where abandoned and disable Elephants gets care and protection. It is an award winning conservation effort and a great place to see elephants up-close.

Sri Lankan Cuisine

Being an ancient kingdom, Sri Lanka has preserved its most precious treasures, its culture & its tradition and part of this is its Cuisine. There is very little of Sri Lankan food that we call our own as influences are as varied as North and South Indian, Persian, Malay, Dutch and Portuguese can be found in Sri Lankan cuisine and makes a delicious combination.

Beaches in Sri Lanka 

Being an island, Sri Lanka is surrounded by beautiful golden beaches, certainly a feature not to be missed by any visitor. Unfortunately due to the 2 decade long conflict in the north and east, some of the best coastlines are out of reach. The beaches in the west coast and the south coast are no less spectacular and hosts 1000s of visitors each year.  There is a thriving beach culture in Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna and to a lesser extent in Negombo. Other coast lines such as Bentota, Beruwela and Kalutara are the tourist hot spots featured by many of the large tour operators in Europe.

Ceylon Tea and the Hill Country 

Tea drinking is an all-time favorite pass time with Sri Lankans and steaming hot cup of tea has been a symbol of relaxation in the mind of a Sri Lankan. Tea was introduced to us two centuries ago by the British who transformed the lavish hill country in to lush green tea plantations. The British left, and we had tea!! The introduction of tea also brought the railways in to Sri Lanka.

Adventure

With its varied terrain and climates for a small island, Sri Lanka is an up and coming adventure destination. There is a multitude of land and water based activities being developed in Sri Lanka and the most popular of these is the river rafting and kayaking runs in Kithulgala which has become the focal point of adventure based tourism in Sri Lanka. A climb to the top of Adams peak is also a highlight for those hardcore adventure enthusiasts.

Birds in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a birds and bird watchers paradise with 435 resident species of which 26 are endemic. Most of them are found in the wet zone. The winter migrants come from distant Siberia and Western Europe. The reservoirs attract vast number of water birds and the forests attract many other species. There are many bird sanctuaries across the little island and in additions you can see birds throughout the country in pockets of forests, lakes, lagoons and rivers during your travels here.

The Elusive Leopard

The Sri Lanka leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya), is a subspecies of leopard native to Sri Lanka. A recent study has shown that Yala National Park has one of the highest recorded densities of leopards in the world, although this animal is considered an endangered species even here. The Wilpattu National Park in Sri Lanka is also famous as a good place for leopard watching. Leopards are more visible in parts of Sri Lanka than many places where they share their habitat with dominant competitors. Spotting a leopard is no easy feat as they are elusive and shy. But lucky visitors to Yala have seen up to 6 leopards (including Cubs) on a single game drive.

Colonial Heritage

Having a history marked by four centuries of colonial rule, we still manage to safe guard remnants from the past in their original grandeur. Some of the more renowned edifices are the Galle Fort built originally by the Portuguese and Colombo Harbor. As enthusiasts with a pulse on the hospitality industry, our focus is on a number of hotels which were built by the British. The origin of these present day hotels were mansions or public buildings built in order to accommodate the governors and other high ranking officials. Furthermore the plantation bungalows which were built in the tea estates have now been converted in to stylish boutique hotels.

Looking to spend a day or a night at Lonavala in Maharashtra. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the 2nd Century BC dated  Bhaja Caves located near Lonavala in Pune district of Maharashtra. The Buddhist monks lived here and carved the rocks, which opened the doors to the travellers. The caves were the route of trade between the Arabian sea and the deccan. one of the prayer hall in 45 metres long and 14 metres in height.There are more than 16 caves system in this area. Each cave is a complex if several stupa and monasteries. These caves were the resting place for the Buddhist monks.

Inscriptions and Statues of Buddha which were added later in the development of these cave systems are eye catching and mesmerising. Each stupa are said to be the symbol of each monk resided in these caves. States of God Indra and Sun can also be seen here looking down at the Village.

How to Reach Kalra Bhaja Caves 

Its 12 kms ahead of Lonavala accessed by car and bus both. You need to climb some where around 300 steps to reach these caves. Lonavala is well accessible from Pune city and Mumbai. All the major international flight and Indian Railways are well connected to both the cities.

Things to Remember 

  • Wear Tracking shoes to climb the steep stars leading to the caves system.
  • Do not forget to take all the necessary food and water supply.
  • Try and wear cotton and comfortable clothing at the time of summers.
  • Take the rain coat or umbrella wit you in rainy season.

Malta an archaeological destination with one of the most scenic beaches of Mediterranean. Located on the North cost of Africa Malta is know for its historical sites of the Roman British and French Succession. Malta is a great place with all year around destination for sun, beach, chapels and lot more culture.

We see Malta with the narrow streets of towns and villages leading to the main square. Inhabited with the old chapels, churches, medieval towers and lot more. Not less than any open air museum that you see way along exploring the country.

Malta waits and see not only a leisure destination in the Mediterranean. But also a cultural destination influenced by the succession of different rulers in the island nation. For those who are looking for the relaxed romantic relaxation Maltese Island  are the papering heaven.

Malta is the largest island and the cultural and administrative centre for the country. Gozo is the second largest island and famous for its tourism purpose. Comino is is the third inhabited island of the country open for tourism.

Things to do:

  1. John’s Co Cathedral -Valletta UNESCO a world heritage site 15 minutes walk from the capital City and door step to most of the cruise Liner.
  2. The Medieval Hilltop Mdina Old City
  3. Game of Thrones Filming Location.
  4. Cittadella Visitors Centre (Victoria)
  5. The Idyllic Island of Gozo
  6. Historical Attractions of Raba, Malta Island
  7. Prehistoric Tarxien Temples, Island of Malta
  8. Blue Lagoon, Island of Comino: Nature’s Perfect Swimming Pool
  9. The Blue Grotto, Island of Malta
  10. Breathtaking view from Dingli Cliffs, Island of Malta
  11. Golden Bay Beach, Island of Malta
  12. Ghajn Tuffieha Bay and Gnejna Bay Beaches, Island of Malta
  13. The Sea Side Charm of Mellieha, Island of Malta
  14. Hagar Qim Temples – A prehistoric Site
  15. Mnajdra Temples of Maltese Bronze Age
  16. Siggiewi – A Traditional Village
  17. Village of Zebbug
  18. Popeye Village, Island of Malta

Visa for Indian 

Schengen visa has to be obtained from the embassy or consulate of the High Commission of Malta situated in India. You can contact and go to the website of VFS global for all the details of the Visa fees and processing time.

Getting Around Malta 

Unlike any other European country. Tourist can cycle around the city keeping in view of the narrow streets and slopes. Travelling to Valletta by public transport is more easy. Many buses tart and finish their journey at the Main Terminus just outside City Gate. The Malta Public Transport company also operates a convenient circular route around Valletta. For more info go to http://www.publictransport.com.mt.

A system of electric cabs is also in operation within Valletta. A romantic alternative is to use horse-drawn carriages known as Karozzin.

Whatever means of transport you choose to adopt, you will find that Valletta is highly accessible, and the locals are always eager to show you the way.

Keep watching about Malta in our next blogs.

Paromthep Cape – Phuket

 

Paromthep Cape – Phuket

 

Paromthep Cape – Phuket

 

Phuket Fantasia

 

Phuket Fantasia

 

Phuket Fantasia

 

Fish Like Rock Formation at Hong Island

 

Hong Island Central Part

 

Hong Island

 

James Bond Island

 

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Auli is a famous Ski destination around 500 Km from Delhi in Uttarakhand at an altitude of approx. 3000 meters above the sea level.  Auli is surrounded by coniferous and oak forests, with a panoramic view of the lofty peaks of one of the greatest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas. The slopes here provide enough thrill to professional skier and novice as well. The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited (GMVNL) a state govt agency which takes care of this resort, and Uttarakhand Tourism Department conduct winter sports competitions at this place to encourage skiing in India. 


How to Reach Auli 
Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is nearest airport 281 Km from Auli. Taxi and cabs are available from the Airport to Auli which cost 4000 INR approximate. Delhi is the nearest international airport. 
Hotels in Auli 
  1. Hotel Cliff Top Club
  2. Himalyan Eco Lodge and Camps
  3. Himalyan Adobe Camp Auli 
  4. Auli Resort
  5. Alpine Camp 

 




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Mandawa is a small town situated in Jhunjhun district of Rajasthan, 170 KM from Jaipur. Mandawa is well known for its forts and havelis. This place stand out for its Open Art Gallery. The architecture of marvelous havelis and Mansions dots it as an important tourist destination in Rajasthan. 


Best to Visit: 
The best time to visit Mandawa is October to March in winter times. 
the temperature here remains from 7 degree to 20 degree. The town looks best at this point of time. 

How to Reach: 
The nearest airport to Mandawa is Jaipur. Jaipur is the is the nearest domestic airport from Mandawa and New Delhi is the nearest international airport. From here you can avail bus or taxi to reach Mandawa. 

Nearest railway station is Jhunjhunu well connected from Jaipur, Delhi and Bikaner. 

By road Mandawa is well connected from all over the country. 

Tourist Attraction: 
  • Mandawa attracts its visitors for the historical architecture and vibrant culture. Mandawa fort ,is the main reason to visit Mandawa. It allures it visitors with the vibrant arch gateways and wall paintings of Lord Krishna and cows. 

  • Goenka Double Haveli has images of horses and elephants and Rajasthani women’s. 

  • Murmuria Haveli is known for its paintings of Nehru, cars, Venice, trains and Goerge V. 

The other attractions in Mandawa consists of 
  • Binsidhar Newatia Haveli
  • Goenka Chattri
  • Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli 
  • Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli 
  • Jhunjhunwala Haveli 
  • Thakurji Temple


Where to Stay: 

  • Mandawa Haveli 
  • Hotel Holiday Haveli 
  • Castle Mandawa Hotel 
  • Desert Resort 
  • Hotel Shekhawati 
  • Paanawana Haveli
  • Hotel Heritage Mandawa 
  • Hotel Desert and Dunes Mandawa 

Lot more options can be explored.


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