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Blogs from Tikalanka are designed to enhance your knowledge of Sri Lanka and Maldives and keep you up to date with recent developments. We intend to post regular features on travel, news, lifestyle and accommodation as well as guest articles from current and past customers, which will give you first-hand experience of Tikalanka, Sri Lanka and Maldives.

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TikaWeeks #29/2024: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 18th July 2024

Tikalanka celebrated 20 years of arranging holidays to Sri Lanka this week! We have come a long way since the early days when Pathi and I acted as guides ourselves. We have managed to ebb and flow with the fortunes of the island and its wonderful, ever-smiling people. Civil war, tsunami, economic and political crises, the Covid pandemic, and terrorism have all been in the mix over the years, but the resolute pragmatism of the Sri Lankans (and Tikalanka) has won through. We are one of a select few in the Sri Lanka travel industry that has the depth of knowledge, breadth of experience, wealth of local contacts, and choice of excellent guides to offer you the holiday of a lifetime.

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Sri Lanka Department of Immigration and Emigration

TikaWeeks #23/2024: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 7th June 2024

Some travellers are having problems applying for their eVisas for Sri Lanka and I hope this week’s update will help iron-out any of these issues. There is only one official Sri Lanka eVisa​ portal which processes all applications and approves the only valid eVisas for Sri Lanka. Applying is reasonably straightforward so long as you follow the instructions to the letter. One-time passwords (OTPs) and all correspondence will be sent to your nominated email address so please check your spam/junk folder if you haven’t received anything from Sri Lanka eVisa.

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Visiting family welcomed at a local school near AMBA Estate, Ella, Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #22/2024: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 29th May 2024

Hopefully all of us strive to be sensitive and responsible travellers but there are still incidents of inappropriate behaviour and disregard for local cultures as well as a disconnect with the climate crisis. Yesterday’s Guardian had a much-needed article on how to be a better tourist, from thinking about the experience and impact of your holiday to slowing down and getting off the beaten track. May be consider taking a personal pledge to ‘travel better’, like our Tika Travel Troth, which is a promise to yourself as well as everyone and everything around you to try to improve the world we live in.

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Uga Bay, Passikudah, Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #20/2024: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 17th May 2024

With the weather still unpredictable in the UK and massive savings as well as valued additions on offer at quality hotels in Sri Lanka until October, isn’t it the time to make the Pearl of the Indian Ocean your must-visit destination for a tropical summer holiday? Boutique beauties in the picturesque Tea Country, heritage mansion houses surrounded by nature, and luxurious beachside retreats at the coast make for an extra-special summer escape to Paradise!

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Sri Lanka Department of Immigration and Emigration

TikaWeeks #19/2024: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 8th May 2024

As of yesterday, the Sri Lanka Government updated the recently introduced eVisa scheme​ with the launch of a new category of visa specifically for tourists on a short stay holiday. The 30-day single entry Tourist Visa is US$40 per visitor plus a US$10 service fee. The application process remains the same. This will be the required visa for most visitors to Sri Lanka since it is valid for sightseeing and holidaying as well as Ayurveda and yoga.

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Sri Lanka Department of Immigration and Emigration

TikaWeeks #16/2024: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 18th April 2024

Sri Lanka has just introduced a new eVisa scheme, effective from 17 April 2024, to supercede the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). All visitors must complete an eVisa application prior to their arrival in the country. The new eVisa scheme differs from the previous ETA system by requiring a scanned copy of your passport and a recent photo. Currently a Standard Visitor Visa is US$75 per visitor plus a US$18.50 service fee, which is valid for 6 months. Upon approval, you will need to download and print your eVisa to present to the Immigration Officer when you enter Sri Lanka.

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Puja (blessing ceremony) at the Temple of the Tooth, Kandy, Sri Lanka (courtesy of Damon Green)

TikaWeeks #15/2024: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 9th April 2024

Sri Lanka is on track to return to pre-pandemic levels of tourism as visitor numbers this year soar in comparison to the same period in 2023, with UK visitors leading the way from Europe. The massive increase in tourist arrivals has seen related revenues swell to over US$687 million in the first two months of this year, which is very welcome and crucial income for Sri Lanka. The island has also been the spotlight of travel publications across the globe, including highlighting the unique Pekoe Trail through the spectacular tea country and holistic wellness retreats.

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Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa, Passikudah, Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #10/2024: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 5th March 2024

Imagine coconut palms swaying rhythmically in the fragrant breeze, the shallow, clear warm waters of the Indian Ocean lapping gently onto sun-kissed tropical beaches, and ice-cold sundowners and the freshest of seafood to savour – this is summer in Sri Lanka. Our Summertime in Sri Lanka Tika Taster itinerary is ideal for adventurous couples or families seeking an extra-special summer holiday in the resplendent land of Sri Lanka.

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Little Green Bee-eaters, Sri Lanka (courtesy of Matt Ward)

TikaWeeks #09/2024: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 28th February 2024

Beautiful plumage! Sri Lanka is home to well over 500 species of exotic birds with names to match, like the White-throated Flowerpecker, Blue-faced Malkoha and Sri Lanka Paradise-flycatcher. The joy of bird watching on the island is to see them wherever you travel, although some areas are better than others. You don’t need to be a dedicated ‘twitcher’ to enjoy the bird life across the country as the little peckers seem to come to you! Our new Birdwatching Tika Taster is a guided introduction to the diverse bird life of Sri Lanka.

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Lunuganga, Geoffrey Bawa's country estate near Bentota, Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #07/2024: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 15th February 2024

As promised, our dedicated Tika Taster to Geoffrey Bawa is now live. The tour is mostly arranged around visits to or stays in his most iconic buildings as well as visits to the ancient sites of Dambulla, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya to offer you an historical perspective to his work. The 14-day guided trip includes his own town house and country estate, major masterplan projects, hotels, and villas. Your accommodation includes four Bawa-designed hotels to ensure you have the full experience of his design genius.

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