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Explore Sri Lanka and Maldives
Paradise Islands

Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean to the southwest of the Bay of Bengal and to the southeast of the Arabian Sea. Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, rolling surf, cheap prices, fun trains, famous tea and flavourful food make Sri Lanka irresistible.Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, rolling surf, cheap prices, fun trains, famous tea and flavourful food make Sri Lanka irresistible.

Across the island, that thing that goes bump in the night might be an elephant heading to a favourite waterhole. Safari tours of Sri Lanka’s pleasantly relaxed national parks encounter leopards, water buffaloes, all manner of birds and a passel of primates. The tropical climate of the coast and lowlands, head for the hills, with their temperate, achingly green charms. Verdant tea plantations and rainforested peaks beckon walkers, trekkers and those who just want to see them from a spectacular train ride and then there are the beaches. Dazzlingly white and often untrodden, they ring the island so that no matter where you go, you’ll be near a sandy gem. Should you beat the inevitable languor, you can surf and dive world-class sites without world-class crowds.

The Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives, is a small island nation in South Asia, located in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 1,000 kilometres from the Asian continent. Maldives is home to perhaps the best beaches in the world; they’re on almost every one of the country’s nearly 1200 islands and are so consistently perfect that it’s hard not to become blasé about them. While some beaches may boast softer granules than others, the basic fact remains: you won't find consistently whiter-than-white powder sand and luminous cyan-blue water like this anywhere else on earth. This fact alone is enough to bring well over a million people a year to this tiny, remote and otherwise little-known Indian Ocean paradise.

Every resort in Maldives is its own private island, and with over 100 to choose from the only problem is selecting where you want to stay. At the top end, the world’s most exclusive hotel brands compete with each other to attain ever-greater heights of luxury, from personal butlers and private lap pools to in-room massages and pillow menus. It’s not surprising that honeymooners and those seeking a glamorous tropical getaway have long had the country at the very top of their wish lists. But there’s also plenty of choice beyond the five- and six-star resorts. The best diving and snorkelling in the world, the clear waters of Maldives are a magnet for anyone with an interest in marine life. The richness and variety is astonishing; dazzling coral walls, magnificent caves and schools of brightly coloured tropical fish await you when you get down to the reef. In deeper waters lurk manta rays, turtles, sharks and even the world’s largest fish, the whale shark.

Countries
Sri Lanka, Maldives
Things to do
  • Sri Lanka
  • Beaches
  • Water Sports
  • Walking
  • Buddhist Temples
  • Wildlife
  • Shopping
  • Ayurveda
  • Heritage Sites
  • Colonial Architecture
  • Maldives
  • Romance
  • Luxury
  • Diving & Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Family Holidays
  • Good Food
Cuisine
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sri Lanka and South Indian food are a lot similar. Though there could be some regional variations. The staple food of Sri Lanka is rice and curry.
  • Kottu (Kothu) Roti is a must-try for tourists in Sri Lanka. Generally, Sri Lankan food is spicy, but you can ask for fewer spices in your food while ordering
  • Other must-try includes String Hoppers, Pittu and Kiribath. Fast-food outlets like Pizza Hut, KFC, etc can also be found in major cities
  • Maldives
  • Fish and rice are the staple foods of Maldives with meat and chicken eaten only on special occasions
  • National dishes include fried fish, fish curry, and fish soup. Curries are usually eaten with steamed rice or with roshi
  • Some of the franchise brands are included like McDonald's, KFC, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, Domino's, Krispy Kreme, Dunkin' Donuts and Hard Rock Café. The franchises are managed by Thailand-based Minor International, which also operates five resorts in the Maldives
  • Maldivian food - Bis keemiya (samosa), Boshi mashuni (banana flower salad), Garudhiya (fragrant fish soup), Huni roshi (chapati bread), Saagu bondibai (sago pudding)
Costs
  • Sri Lanka
  • Budget: $150-200
  • Double room in a good place: $70-120
  • Local rice and curry: $3–5
  • Bus fares: under $5 per day
  • Meals at hotel/restaurant: $ 15-45
  • Maldives
  • Budget: $400–850
  • Budget resorts cost $150–350 per night
  • Midrange resorts start from $350 per night
  • Full board or all-inclusive options can save money
  • Speedboats to resorts cost around US$200–300
  • Seaplane transfe$ generally cost anything from $400 return
  • Expect a meal in a top-end resort to cost a minimum $150 per person
Visa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Indian citizens will need to apply for an ETA to obtain a visa on arrival while in Sri Lanka.
  • Visitors to Sri Lanka visiting for tourism purposes must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), unless they are exempt, prior to arrival or on arrival to Sri Lanka or they must obtain a visa in advance.
  • Holders of an ETA can then obtain a visa on arrival to Sri Lanka by presenting the ETA and passport to the Sri Lankan immigration officer. A visa obtained on arrival is valid for 30 days, but can be extended up to 180 days.
  • Processing time for the visa is 3 working days.
  • Visa Documents - Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after departure, with a minimum of two blank pages, Scanned copy of the first and last page of your passport, Confirmed return air tickets, Hotel confirmation details.
  • Maldives
  • In order to enter Maldives the Indian nationals visiting Maldives as a tourist do not require any pre-arrival visa. A free Maldives Tourist Visa which is valid for approximately ninety days is issued to Indian nationals on arriving at the Male airport.
  • There is no Maldives Visa Fees for Indian nationals.
  • To enter Maldives no pre-arrival visa is required. A thirty day free visa is issued on arrival for all Nationalities; provided: Should posses a valid passport with Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) -(standard ICAO Annex 9, chapter 3.10. 1) and should have at least 6 months validity.
  • Tourist visa Document on arrival to Maldives - A passport that does not expire for at least 6 months from the date of travel, Two photographs of the applicant may be required, Proof of accommodation in the country, Air tickets to fly out of Maldives.
Season to Visit
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 06 Days - 10 Days

Known For
  • Sri Lanka
  • Stunning Beaches
  • Travelling by Train
  • Uda Walawe National Park
  • Ancient Anuradhapura
  • Soaring Sigiriya Rock
  • Bundala National Park
  • Adam’s Peak Pilgrims
  • Kandy Cultural Capital
  • Unmissable Galle Fort
  • Surfing at Arugam Bay
  • Feeling the Healing Ayurveda
  • Whale-Watching at Mirissa
  • The East's Undiscovered Beaches
  • Savouring Rice & Curry
  • Horton Plains & World’s End
  • Visiting a Tea Plantation
  • Jaffna & the Islands
  • Colonial Legacy
  • Polonnaruwa’s Stupendous Structures
  • Shopping in Colombo
  • Maldives
  • Male
  • Diving with the Hammers
  • Watching a Bodu Beru Performance
  • Taking a Seaplane
  • Staying at a Guesthouse
  • Learning to Dive
  • Becoming a (Luxurious) Castaway
  • Swimming with a Whale Shark
  • Maafushi
  • Hanifaru Bay
Areas to Visit
  • Sri Lanka
  • Colombo
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Anuradhapura
  • Maldives
  • Male
  • Mafushi

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