Sri Lanka has one of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes out of anywhere in Asia. It’s a country I find myself returning to again and again, and with people as friendly as the Irish and food as tasty as their Northern neighbors, it’s a destination that should be on everyone’s bucket list. There and endless beautiful places to visit, but let me start with my pick of the top 21 things to do in Sri Lanka.
Why Visit Sri Lanka?
A haven for wildlife, a paradise for hiking, home to a rugged coastline and pristine beaches and an absolute dream to travel around, I honestly believe everyone should visit Sri Lanka at least once in their lives.
It’s safer and much easier to travel around than India, but just as cheap and definitely as diverse and beautiful. From adventurous activities to luxury hotels, safaris withe elephants and whales, to relaxing on pristine beaches or lush tea plantations, this country has it all.
Do you need a visa for Sri Lanka?
If you’re an Irish citizen visiting Sri Lanka, you will need to apply online for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) before arriving. This should be done at least one week before you are due to travel as it can take a few days to process. Depending on your nationality, the visa terms and conditions vary so be sure to check what needs to be done before you travel.
After the Easter Bombings in Sri Lanka earlier this year (2019) the government introduced an ETA fee exemption for 6 months, but that is due to end in a few weeks and as of January 2020 everyone will have to pay for the ETA again.
You can apply for a visa for Sri Lanka online here and just ensure your passport still has 6 months validity.