Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) was able to make a considerable impact on the international community with its tourism products, culture and scenic locations with its participation at the Swiss International Holiday Exhibition in Lugano, in Switzerland, which was held from 1st -3rd November 2019.
Sri Lanka Tourism took part at the International Media Market place (IMM) Asia held in Macao, China, from 21st to 22nd October 2019, by partnering with Macao Tourism and many regional tourism bodies.
Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau in collaboration with the Sri Lanka High Commission in Ottawa participated at the International Tourism and Travel Show which took place at the Place Bonaventure in Montreal
Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau was able to further spread the message to the world regarding Sri Lanka ‘s unique potential as a travel destination, by bringing down the Italian based female Travel Blogger, Claudia Tavani, under SLTPB ‘s Travel Blogger & Influencer program.
The world’s leading travel and trade show opened in London, UK on 4th November 2019 on a grand scale. This year Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) collaborated with WTM to be the ‘Premier Partner’ of the event.
A delegation from the Association of Belgian Travel Organizers (ABTO) arrived in Sri Lanka on the 27th of October 2019, following the invitation of Hon. Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife & Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga, in support of Sri Lanka Tourism recovery efforts.
Sri Lanka was able to create a positive impact on its Japanese counterparts about its uniqueness as a travel destination, by participating at the JATA Tourism Expo 2019 held in Osaka, Japan, 24th – 27th of October 2019. The Tourism Expo in Japan is one of the biggest trade and consumer oriented travel fair.
Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau (SLTPB) along with a contingent of 20 leading industry travel trade representatives participated at the renowned Italian tourism Fair TTG Incontri 2019 which was held in Rimini, Italy from 09th-11th October 2019.
A group of over 60 Australian travel agents arrived in Sri Lanka recently on a week-long tour, from 4th to 13th of October 2019, to explore the uniqueness of Sri Lanka and a large number of holiday opportunities to choose from. The group was under the guidance of Mr. Dennis Bunnik, Chairman of the Council of Australian Tour Operators, (CATO) who previously visited Sri Lanka and also met Hon. Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife & Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga.
Under the Sri Lanka Tourism’s Travel Blogger & Influencer Program, Luke Martin and Sabrina Davidson of ‘’Chopstick Travel’’ - the popular Food Travel based YouTube channel visited Sri Lanka recently to explore Sri Lanka’s culinary diversity filled with rich flavors. Chopstick Travel is one of the growing international culinary travel channels on You Tube boasts over 93 million global views and over 500,000 subscribers.
The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) exhibited Sri Lanka as a sustainable and diverse travel destination at the recently concluded Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) fair in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The World Tourism Organization of the United Nations has proclaimed World Tourism Day since 1998 on 27 September. Celebrating World Tourism Day is aimed at raising awareness about the role of tourism around the world and promoting social, cultural, political and economic values.
Travel News from Sri Lanka: UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, accompanied by Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs, John
The legendary Ramayana Trail begins with India’s leading travel writers and social media influencers »
A familiarization tour of Sri Lanka's historic monuments connected with the Ramayana Legend was organized by SriLankan Airlines, the Sri Lankan National Carrier and a member of the Oneworld alliance. The familiarization tour offered a chance for visiting social media influencers,
The World Surfing League Qualifying Series 3000, also known as So Sri Lanka Pro 2019, is scheduled to take place at Arugam Bay's World Class Point Break from September 25th to 29th of this month, attended by over 70 surfers from 18 countries.
As one of the many efforts to revive the tourism industry and take back the number of visitors lost as a result of the Easter Sunday attacks, 48 countries
The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) hosted a networking event at Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo for a group of prominent social media influencers and travel bloggers to welcome them as well as to felicitate those who have made an exceptional contribution to promoting the destination.
Canadian YouTubers Luke Martin and Chopstick Travel's Sabrina Davidson are presently working directly with the Sri Lankan Tourism Promotion Bureau in Sri Lanka to encourage tourism for the island.
In the wake of the Easter bomb blasts, the amount of foreign visitors has now increased and a large number of them are engaged in rafting, tourist guides in Kitulgala said Yatiberiya.
The Kellani River is safe except for some shallow parts in the opposite bank, it's a very secluded place to enjoy swimming and water sports like rafting. People enjoy picnics beside the lake and are often seen indulging in their favorite water sports.
SriLankan Airlines, Sri Lankan's National Carrier and Oneworld alliance member, organized a familirization tour for a group of journalists representing China's leading newspaper. China is one of Sri Lanka's main airline markets and one of Sri Lanka's top tourism feeder markets, the airline has steered numerous measures to maintain Sri Lanka's attractiveness as a desired destination among Chinese travelers, post-Easter.
SriLankan Airlines welcomes the launch, as part of a concerted attempt to increase tourism in the Indian Ocean island nation, of the free visa on arrival unit that the Government of Sri Lanka is providing to residents of 48 nations in Australasia, Europe, and North America from 1 August for a period of six months.
SriLankan Airlines has made preparations to minimize inconvenience to its valued passengers at London’s Heathrow Airport that may occur as a result of the strike action planned by ground staff of Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) on the 5th and 6th of August.
The biggest watercourse ever produced in Sri Lanka is Senanayaka Samudraya with an enjoyable view during sunset. This gigantic reservoir is
The Maduru Oya National Wildlife Park is wealthy in flowering, fauna and cultural heritage and has established itself as a catchment
Considered to be one of 64 temples constructed by King Kaouanthissa, Senanigala came to fame by choosing a rock monastery against
Camping in Kumana became a fad between enthusiasts of wildlife when the Kumana National Park reopened almost two years ago and
Constructed by A Japanese Buddhist Monk Nipponzan-My Founder, a worldwide peace initiative initiated by NichidatsuFujii?h?The Japanese Pagoda for Peace in Ampara
Once the unattainable fortress of King Buwanakabahu, dating back to the six centuries A.C., the leaders of Eastern Digamadulla ruled by
It’s an idyllic view on the night scattered by a few fishing ships and ever-current elephants around it, built close the
Another King Saddatissa, who ruled the kingdom of Digamadulla under his brother, the Grand King Dutugamunu, was set in the midst
In the midst of Mahaoya jungle lies Omunugala, a cave monastery that was established in the third century before the Christian
A bird paradise known as Kumana is located in the Southeast corner of Sri Lanka, boarded by the Kumbukkan Oya. The
The Maduru Oya reservoir is a magnificent sight with an uplifted Buddha statue, a dry zone jungle rising in the background,
In the Mahaoya, near the warm water wells, there is an old temple of the second century BC, which even a
The reservoir of the Gal Oya River in Inginimitiya Gal Oya National Park, originally formed as the catchment of Senanayake Samudraya,
The hero of the Mahavansa Chronicle, a Muhudu Maha Vihara or a Sea Temple is a stone throwback from the town
Bandaraduwa is today a forest reserve wealthy in biodiversity and one of Vedda’s adopted residences, which were displaced by the GalOya
Beliefed as Prince Saddatissa’s refuge during his rebellious times with his brother King Dutugamune of Sri Lanka, Nuwaragala was a convent
The fantastic Rambakan Oya once dammed and tamed by the fantastic kings of Sri Lanka like king Saddatissa and Paracramabahu is
Okanda Devalaya is thought to be the place where God Skanda sailed for the first time on a golden ship into
The LahugalaKitulana Forestry Reserve is a 1554 hectare wildlife and architecture reserve that feeds nearly 200 elephants on thriving grasslands around
The Mahaoya’s seven warm water springs are wrapped in legends of their origins and their mythical healing powers, and a magnet
The rock scattered around Veddagala near the iconic Mullikulammalai monastery used to be a shelter for the meditative monks. For the
A mountain of 1065 meters in height over the basin of Gal Oya, Pallan Hela is said to have been a
Alioluwa wewa is a reservoir connected with the Senanayaka Samudra in Inginiyagala. Formerly called the “Ali gal ge wewa,” the lake
A tale about a novice monk who resided in the KotapabbathaVihara temple and who built a path to the “AkasaChethiyta” or
For the last two thousand years, the monastery had been known as the Kuda-Sigiriya for its drop-lifted caves decorated with murals.
One of the older monasteries of Digamadulla and remains of mural dating back to the tenth century BC are a few
Aranthalawa once witnessed the slaughter of thirty-three Buddhist monks, many of their pre-teen novice monks, and four civilians by LTTE terrorists
Sangamankanda is Sri Lanka’s easternmost point and is still a hilarious and 100 meters broad beaches.
This lighthouse was
Believed as one of King Kawanthissa’s soixante four temples, Senanigala shot fame by choosing the rock monastery against King Elara, the
At the corner of Hulannuge, HabuthalaViharaya or Tharulengala Forest Hermitage is only a few hundred meters from the Karandahela reservoir. The
In the first century, BC Samangala forest hermitages created by King Sadatissa are now ruined. The ruined mountain top is six
The path to the village of Pulkunawa is part of a vast once monastery constructed by a donor to an Arhant,
Kudumbigala is a convent of more than 200 cave accommodation located in the Northern part of Ruhuna National Wildlife Park, a
Deegawapie is one of Lanka’s seventeen most sacred pilgrim sites built in the second century B.C. by King Saddatissa, enclosing the
His old monastery of the 3rd century B.C. lost to the forest and wild beast, the caves, the rock, and Buddha
The remains of an old Monastery lost in the moment and the jungle is hidden in the middle of the Kudumbigala
The King Dutugamunu Piyangala Forest Hermitage’s principal wife, who was built by the Queen Rajitha in the 1st century BC, remains
The greatest stupa in the East Province of Sri Lanka is to be hidden in the vast jungles of the forest
Most of the rainfall is on the west side of the mountain, although Rajagala is spread throughout the monastic village. Two
The Arugam Bay is a page from a dream book for surfers, where the shore is wide and white, the waters
Histoire was made in this place when King Kelanitissa, daughter of the Kingdom of Kelaniya, married the King of Rohana, King
It is an idyllic sight on an afternoon scattered with a few fishing ships, built to dam the Pallan Oya River
The Buddangalamonastery, Buddhist meditation center almost 2300 years ancient, is hidden among a dense jungle filled with wild elephants and leopards.
Established by the Government of Sri Lanka in July 1979, following the closure of Air Ceylon, Air Lanka initially operated two Boeing 707 jets on lease from Singapore Airlines.
You're going to be hungry after a hot day walking around Fort's streets. Check out the nearby Kingsbury Hotel, one of the most prestigious venues in the city, and dine at its top restaurant, Harbor Court. The all-day restaurant serves numerous sumptuous dishes, mixing influences from Western, Indian, Japanese and South East Asia.
While many parts of the harbor remain closed to the public due to security issues, it is still worth talking about a walk around the area to experience commercial and naval activities as a result of decades of civil war. The Port of Colombo is not only Sri Lanka's busiest port, but also South Asia's busiest because of its ideal location in the Indian Ocean.
The Beira Lake extends from Fort to the heart of the city, making a wonderful walk and allowing you to soak in the exotic atmosphere of the diverse capital of Sri Lanka. Once spread over more than 165 hectares of land, it was reduced a decade ago to 65 hectares.
Center stands as a symbol of the increasingly vibrant business scene in Colombo, offering state-of-the-art offices and facilities in addition to several restaurants, shops, and other entertainment venues. Run by the Overseas Realty Ceylon, this is one of the most sought-after trading locations in the country and provides significant access to global market links.
The Dutch Hospital is considered to be the city's oldest building and dates back to Dutch domination's colonial times. Since it was built c. In 1681, there were several purposes for the historic building. It was later used by seafarers and the Colombo Apothecaries as a health center for Dutch East India Company staff until it was eventually converted into a shopping and dining area.
Pettah is a Colombo, Sri Lanka neighborhood located east of Fort City Centre. The neighborhood of Pettah is famous for the Pettah Market, a series of bazaars and markets open-air. It is one of the busiest commercial areas in Sri Lanka, where there are a huge number of wholesale and retail shops, buildings, business institutions, and other organizations.
Good Market Global is a curated social enterprise and responsible business community that is good for people and good for the planet. It makes finding, connecting, and exchanging with new economy participants easier. A weekly market event and an organic and natural food shop are coordinated by Good Market within Sri Lanka.
Colombo City Center is a 47-story mixed-use development that includes a 5-story retail space of 3,675 m2 (39,560 sq ft), a 164-room hotel and 192 residential apartments. The building is located at Sir James Pieris Mawatha, Colombo 02, opposite Beira Lake.
The Arcade Independence Square is a shopping complex located in the Sri Lankan city of Colombo, housed in a group of renovated buildings including the former Jawatta Lunatic Asylum (later known as the building of the Auditor General) and the former Western Provincial Council Building. It was built as part of the Sri Lankan Government's Independence Square Redevelopment Program.
Fort Sri Lanka's Colombo Central Business District. It is Colombo's financial district and the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) location and Colombo's World Trade Center from which the CSE operates. It is also the headquarters location of the Bank of Ceylon. The Galle Face Green Promenade, built in 1859 under the administration of Sir Henry George Ward, the governor of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) during the British colonial administration, is located along the foreshore of the Fort area. Fort also houses the General Post Office, hotels, departments and offices of government.
The building of the Old Parliament is the building that houses Sri Lanka's Presidential Secretariat. Located in the sea-facing fort area of Colombo, it is close to the House of the President, Colombo and adjacent to the General Treasury Building. The building housed the legislature of the island for 53 years until Sri Jayawardenepura opened the new parliamentary complex in 1983.
Mount Lavinia Beach is just outside the city of Colombo. For the locals as well as the tourists visiting Colombo, this beach strip has a lot to offer. There are plenty of nice restaurants and relaxing areas along the beach. Mount Lavinia Beach is a must visit as a tourist visiting Colombo.
R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPS) is a cricket stadium on Khettarama Road, Maligawatta, Colombo, Sri Lanka, also known as Khettarama Stadium, Ranasinghe Premadasa Stadium or simply as Premadasa Stadium. Before June 1994, the stadium was known as the Khettarama Cricket Stadium and is now one of the main venues in which the Sri Lankan cricket team has hosted over 100 one-day international matches.
The Sri Lanka Armed Forces are the overall unified military of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka encompassing the Sri Lanka Army, the Sri Lanka Navy, and the Sri Lanka Air Force;
A gemstone is the naturally occurring crystalline form of a mineral which is desirable for its beauty, valuable in its rarity,
The New Moon
For the new lunar year, the new moon should be viewed on Sunday 7th April
Sinhalese New Year, generally known as Aluth Avurudda (Sinhalese: අලුත්අවුරුද්ද) in Sri Lanka, is a Sri Lankan holiday that celebrates the traditional New Year of the Sinhalese people in Sri Lanka.
The National Museum of Ratnapura, located in the Ratnapura district, is one of Sri Lanka's many museums. On May 13, 1988, the beautiful building called "Ehelepola Walauva" was opened as a museum for the public. It has showrooms containing prehistoric archeological inventions, natural heritage, geological, anthropological, zoological artifacts and models related to the Province of Sabaragamuva.
Batadombalena is an 8,000-year-old archeological site, Balangoda Man, 85 km (52.8 mi) from Colombo, Sri Lanka, a two-hour drive from Colombo. Here, 460 m above sea level, lying in the foothills of Siri Pada, Sri Lankan archeologists discovered fossil evidence of the Balangoda Man's prehistoric human settlement, a term forged to refer to the anatomically modern skeletal remains of Homo sapiens found in caves near Balangoda.
Sri Lanka is a land famous for producing some of the world's most beautiful jewels, such as the Blue Bell that decorates the British crown and the' Star of India.' Ratnapura is the island's place of gem mining, and a visit to this town would allow you to see the process of digging the pits and washing the gravel that contains the gems.
Bambarakanda Waterfall is one of the places to visit if you're visiting the district of Badulla. It is Sri Lanka's highest waterfall, at an impressive height of 790 feet. It ranks as the 299th highest waterfall in the world with a height of 263 m (863 ft).
Maha Saman Devalaya located in Ratnapura is a shrine dedicated to the deity Saman.it is believed to have once visited Ratnapura by a court minister and vowed that if his gemming expeditions went right, he would build a shrine dedicated to the deity of Sumana Saman.
Kitulgala is the place you should go to if you're looking for places to visit near Ratnapura. Located in the wet zone rainforest, this town in Sri Lanka is experiencing two monsoons throughout the year, making it one of Sri Lanka's wettest places.
Adam's Peak (Sri Pada) is previously known as `Samanthakuta' first mentioned in the Deepawamsa, the earliest Pali chronicle (4th century), and also in the Mahawamsa chronicle of the 5th century, where it is stated that the Buddha visited the Sri Pada peak.
Bopath Ella is a waterfall located in Sri Lanka's Ratnapura District. It has a very similar shape to the Sacred Fig or "Bo" tree leaf that earned it that name. The waterfall is the country's main tourist attraction. Local myths say it's haunted and a treasure trove is hidden. Due to its shape, the name "Bopath Ella" was given to the waterfall.
Udawalawe National Park is located in Sri Lanka on the border between Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces. The National Park was established to provide sanctuary for wildlife displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River and to protect the reservoir catchment.
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.
There is a huge lion staircase which leads to the temple of Buddha with a sacred tooth relic. These stairs are half-way up to the hillside and they are considered to be a masterpiece of the citadel of Yapahuwa but unfortunately, now they are in ruins.
Munneswaram Temple is considered to be one of the most important sanctuaries in Sri Lanka which has been devoted to Shiva. It is believed that Durga is invincible, Shiva teaches wisdom and Vishnu is the protector.