Sri Lanka at a glance

White Water Rafting

Kitulgala, the main white water rafting location in Sri Lanka! ...

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  • Yal Devi

    'It was in 1895 that a commission was appointed to fulfill the growing need for railway ...

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  • Esala Perahera

    The annual 'Esala Perahera' in Sri Lanka is a moment of crowning glory. Captivating, enigmatic and utterly...

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  • Opening Of The New Pinnawala Zoo

    Sri Lanka achieved a milestone on the 17th of April 2015, with the opening of...

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  • Fruit Of The Season: Mango

    Sri Lanka produces and astounding amount of fruits and vegetables annually...

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  • Monkey Kingdom

    Monkey Kingdom', a nature documentary directed by Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill is narrated by actress and Golden Globes host Tina Fey...

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  • Bombay Velvet

    Based on GyanPrakash's book 'Mumbai Fables', Bombay Velvet is a crime drama film both directed...

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  • Leopards: Our National Treasure

    Sri Lanka is no doubt a treasure chest of bio-diversity and a traveler's paradise...

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  • The Land Of Gems

    Though it is acclaimed as a land rich in diversity and bio-diversity, Sri Lanka is also a land that is profusely teeming with...

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  • Try Your Hand At Sri Lankan Cuisine!

    Brinjal (Eggplant) and Capsicum Curry...

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  • Sinhala/Tamil New Year

    Having recently celebrated the dawning of yet another traditional New Year known as 'Avurudu' locally...

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  • Kite Surfing

    Kite-surfing has fast risen to the top of the sporting world and adventure sports with its popularity steadily...

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  • Fruit Of The Season:Rambutan, Durian & Mangosteen

    It's that time of year again and each time the wait seems so much ...

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From the Press

Sri Lanka Tourism showcases at World Travel Mart London with 64 Industry Partners

World Travel Market (WTM), the leading global event of Travel and Tourism Trade kicked off on 02nd November 2015 at the Excel Exhibition Hall, London, UK.

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Sri Lanka wins hosting French Travel Agents Congress (SNAV) 2016

Syndicat National Des agents de Voyages (SNAV)

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Tourism drive in Scandinavian markets

Sri Lanka Tourism focused on a multimedia strong marketing programme at the TUR International Tourism Fair where leading destination marketing companies partnered - Daily News

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Sri Lanka's Sept. Tourist arrivals up by 36-pct

Latest data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority reveals that the month of September recorded 143,374 tourists arrivals in the country, which was a 36 percent increase from the number of tourist arrivals in September 2014.

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World Tourism Day 2015- Sri Lanka Tourism & Colombo University MOU to be inked

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau in a land mark development to celebrate " World Tourism Day- 2015" will be inking a MOU under the leadership...

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Tuk Tuk Challenge 2015 in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Tourism is sponsoring the unique Tuk Tuk Challenge 2015 in Sri Lanka- Daily News
Sri Lanka Tourism is sponsoring the unique Tuk Tuk Challenge 2015 in Sri Lanka, where a focussed group of foreign nationals will be taking a ten day challenge

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Ceylon Sapphire at TUR Fair

Sri Lankan tourism to auction Ceylon Sapphire at TUR Fair.
In thebackdrop of Sri Lanka Tourism crossing the $1.6 billion dollars in revenue asat end July 2015, the Scandinavian market has catapulted by 31.9% clocking in30,825 visitors making it one

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Yala Park closed for a month due to drought

Ruhunu (Yala) National Park Closed from 07th September to 07th of October.Yala National Park will be closed for one month starting from September 7 as a result of the extremely low waterfall in the area, Wildlife Conservation Department spokesperson

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Sri Lankan tourism delegation attends UNWTO session- Published July 06, 2015

The Sri Lankan delegation attended the 27th Joint Meeting of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)...

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Sri Lanka Tourism wins KOTFA ‘Best Tourism Publicity Award 2015’- Published June 26, 2015

Sri Lanka Tourism braved the threat of MERS together with 15 tourism professionals from the private sector to attend one of the leading global travel fairs in Asia Pacific – Korea...

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University of Sri Jayewardenepura to be think tank for Sri Lanka Tourism- Published June 11, 2015

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau announced that a formal MOU is been developed with the University of Sri Jayewardenepura Marketing Management Unit for marketing research insights to be done by final year students.

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Colombo fastest growing city in MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index- Published June 04, 2015

Colombo leads the pack as the fastest growing city in terms of international overnight visitor numbers in the annual MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index released yesterday.

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Tourism earnings rise 13.6% in 1Q- Published June 03, 2015

Sri Lanka’s lucrative post-war tourism boom continued to prosper in the first quarter of 2015 with earnings increasing by 13.6% year-on-year to $ 762.3 million...

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Kuchchaveli—Sri Lanka’s new tourism hotspot- Published June 03, 2015

The national tourism body is developing Kuchchaveli as its new flagship project, according to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) Chairman.

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Sri Lanka Tourism practices nation brand building pillar support- June 01, 2015

Whilst Sri Lanka Tourism is aggressively promoting the country globally as an island of thousand treasures, SLTPB is taking a broader role with a new push on the nation branding pillars by supporting the export industry...

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Asia Pacific Onboard Travel 2015 Forum kicks off on Sunday- Published May 29, 2015-

The Asia Pacific Onboard Travel (APOT) 2015 Forum will kick off in Colombo on Sunday bringing a large number of industry leaders and professionals together.

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14,270 visitors experience Sri Lankan treasures: Expo 2015- Published May 22, 2015

'World Expo is hosted every five years from a different country, the aim being to promote industrial and technological progress worldwide. It attracted 14,270 visitors as at 16 May...'

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Sri Lankan Disney film crosses $ 14.3 m ticket sales in US- Published May 18, 2015

The gripping reality of a newborn monkey and its mother, struggling to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop

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Sri Lanka’s tourism potential for wreck diving featured at global conference- Published May 18th, 2015

Sri Lanka’s potential of wreck diving as a tourist attraction was brought to focus recently at the leading international dive conference ADEX held at Suntec City Singapore

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World Economic Forum’s index says Sri Lanka one of the most tourist-friendly countries- Published May 11, 2015

According to the World Economic Forum’s index of most tourist-friendly countries Sri Lanka has been ranked 63rd out of 141 countries

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Sri Lanka a top stall at Arabian Travel Fair 2015- Published May 08, 2015

The Sri Lanka Pavilion was ranked as one of the most eye-catching stalls at ATM on the wildlife theme

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First international hotel to debut in Kandy for over 20 years - Published May 07, 2015

ONYX Hospitality Group has unveiled its second OZO property in the popular leisure destination of Kandy.

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Sri Lanka’s largest resource of murals - Published: April 25,2015 By D.C. Ranatunga

The Archaeological Department has started work on conserving the Dambulla rock temple murals and statues, according to a recent media report.

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Sri Lanka Tourism embarks on focused brand building in Russia - Published : March 31, 2015

Given that the Russian economy is struggling with economic embargoes that has resulted in currency depreciation by almost 100% and Russian arrivals to Sri Lanka plunging by 32%...

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Sri Lanka Tourism finishes fourth at ITB 2015 - 26th March 2015

Sri Lanka Tourism did the country proud by winning fourth position among 83 countries and 11,000 exhibition booths at the world’s biggest travel and tourism convention ITB 2015...

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Sri Lanka Tourism enters $40 b cruise-line business - 26th March 2015

Sri Lanka Tourism is partnering top blue chip companies to enter the lucrative $ 40 billion cruise-line business that is estimated to carry 22.3 million passengers...

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What’s on this year

jaffna Matara TRINCOMALEE ARUGAM BAY BATTICALOA COLOMBO HAMBANTOTA KALUTARA BENTOTA HIKKADUWA UNAWATUNA DONDRA POINT GALLE SINHARAJA YALA POLONNARUWA MANNAR WILPATTU ANURADHAPURA KALPITIYA SIGIRIYA DAMBULLA KANDY RATNAPURA KATUNAYAKE NUWARA ELIYA CENTRAL HIGHLANDS

MATARA

Located on the Southern coast of Southern Province, 160 km from Colombo. Matara is a busy, booming and sprawling commercial town that owes almost nothing to tourism – which makes it a fascinating window on modern Sri Lankan life.

JAFFNA: Point Pedro, Nallur, Nainathivu (Nagadipa)

Capital city of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. With a population of 88,138, Jaffna is Sri Lanka's 12th largest city. Visit Nallur Kovil, Nagadipa Purana Vihara, Jaffna Fort and Jaffna Market amongst others.

TRINCOMALEE

Major resort port city of Eastern Province, Sri Lanka. Located on a peninsula, which divides the inner and outer harbours. Passikudah (Pasikuda) is a sleepy fishing village 28 kilometres North of the capital city of the district. White sand, shallow waters, coral reefs and palm trees make Passikudah beaches idyllic places to spend the day on the seaside.

ARUGAM BAY

A bay situated on the Indian Ocean in the dry zone of Sri Lanka's southeast coast. The bay is located 320 km due east of Colombo. Lovely Arugam Bay, a moon-shaped curl of soft sand, is home to a famed point break that many regard as the best surf spot in the country.

BATTICALOA

Major city in the Eastern Province, Sri Lanka, and its former capital. An island, surrounded by a gorgeous lagoon. Batticaloa is said to be “the land of the singing fish”.

COLOMBO

Colombo is the commercial capital, and largest city of Sri Lanka, with a population of 4.6 million metropolitan area, with 555,031 in the city limits, and a popular tourist destination. Commercial hub and capital of Sri Lanka.

HAMBANTOTA: Yala

The main town in Southern Province, Sri Lanka. Yala National Park is a protected wild life sanctuary located in Hambantota. Hit hard by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and is undergoing a number of major development projects including the construction of a new sea port and international airport.

KALUTARA

Kalutara or Kalutota is a large town in Kalutara District, Western Province, Sri Lanka. Holidays in Kalutara are known for laid back relaxation and a wonderful experience of authentic Sri Lankan culture.

BENTOTA

Approximately 65 kilometres south of Colombo and 56 kilometres north of Galle. Facing the Indian Ocean, a tropical lagoon and a major river, Bentota offers water sports possibilities nowhere else to be found such as body-surfing, jet-skiing, etc.

HIKKADUWA

The beach of Hikkaduwa is situated 98 km from Colombo towards the south of Sri Lanka. This fun coastal town 14 kms from Galle was the first (1960’s) of Sri Lanka’s beautiful beaches to be discovered by tourists. Popular spot for snorkeling and diving.

UNAWATUNA

Unawatuna Beach was named the world’s best beach by The Discovery Channel in 2004. Unawatuna is a major tourist attraction in Sri Lanka and famous for its beautiful beach and corals.

DONDRA POINT

Situated in the southern most point of Sri Lanka facing the Indian Ocean which is the main sea route between west and east. Dondra Head Lighthouse is a lighthouse located on Dondra Head near the southernmost point in Sri Lanka and is the tallest lighthouse in Sri Lanka and also one of the tallest in South East Asia.

GALLE

Situated on the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka, 119 km from Colombo. The fourth largest city in Sri Lanka, it has a natural harbor. Important natural geographical features in Galle include Rumassala in Unawatuna, a large mound-like hill, which forms the eastern protective barrier to the Galle harbour. Galle still displays its Dutch influence in its unique architecture and quaint streets.

SINHARAJA

Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a national park and a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka. It is of international significance and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO. A great spot for hikers, it is invaluable in its unique biodiversity.

Yala

Second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public. With one of the highest leopard densities in the world, Yala is considered a wildlife haven with a blend of exotic creatures teeming in their habitat.

POLONNARUWA

The Kingdom of Polonnaruwa was the kingdom from which Sri Lankan kings ruled the island from the 8th century until 1310 CE. This medieval capital replaced Anuradhapura, and was established as the first city of the land in the 11th Century, A.D.

MANNAR

Situated in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. The regular route to Mannar from Colombo is via Anuradhapura and Madawachchiya. A beautiful, eerily dry near-peninsula with lots of white sand and palm trees, wild donkeys, little lanes and fishing boats.

WILPATTU

Wilpattu National Park is the largest of its kind Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of "Willus" - Natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. Wildlife safaris are popular here.

ANURADHAPURA

Capital city of North Central Province, Sri Lanka. Now in picturesque ruins, it was the first established kingdom in ancient Sri Lanka.

KALPITIYA

The Kalpitiya peninsula, Kalpitiya Islands and Kalpitiya Beaches are a much visited tourist destination in Sri Lanka. Kalpitiya is located 130 km north of the Katunayake Airport. Large pods of dolphins and whales can be seen here. Kitesurfing is a famed activity here.

SIGIRIYA

Sri Lanka's World Heritage site Sigiriya or Sihigiriya, the 'Mount of Remembrance' is an ancient palace located in the central Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka.

DAMBULLA

A big town, situated in the Matale District, Central Province of Sri Lanka, situated 148 km north-east of Colombo and 72 km north of Kandy. The Rock Temple (Rangiri Dambulla Rajamaha Viharaya) and The Golden Temple(Rangiri Dambulla Uyanwatta Rajamaha Viharaya) are popular sites.

KANDY

Formerly Kanda Uda Rata, the British named it Kandy, the second largest city in the country after Colombo. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. A World Heritage Site, the Temple of the Tooth is visited here in droves. The famed Kandy Perahera is revered the world over for its stunning displays.

RATNAPURA

Capital city of Sabaragamuwa Province. Considered the gem-mining capital of Sri Lanka, many precious stones have been discovered here, one of which is the famed Royal Blue Sapphire on the crown of Queen Elizabeth II.

KATUNAYAKE

A suburb of Negombo city in Western Province, Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka Air Force Base Katunayake, the largest Air Force Base in Sri Lanka , is situated in close proximity to the Bandaranayake International Airport.

NUWARA ELIYA

Situated 1868 meters (6128 feet) above sea level, Nuwara Eliya is a city, in the hill country of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The city name meaning is "city on the plain" or "city of light" and is home of the famous Ceylon Tea.

CENTRAL HIGHLANDS: Horton Plains

Central Highlands of Sri Lanka is the newest recognised world Heritage Site in Sri Lanka. It boasts plunging waterfalls, and a weave of teas estates. Horton Plains National Park is a delight for hikers with an astounding trek spanning in diversity.

  • Hikkaduwa Beach Sri Lanka

    30, April 2015

    Famous for numerous reasons in its own right, Hikkaduwa is every traveler’s idyllic getaway. Increasing tourist numbers have somewhat taken a toll on its once pristine beaches, with this then untouched town now harbouring a plethora of ethnicities both locally and internationally. The highway has made this spot more accessible than ever meaning the influx of activities has also risen, as people are finding it hard to ignore the magnetic aura of Hikkaduwa affectionately known locally as ‘Hikka’.

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STATISTICS

SriLanka Tourist Arrivals