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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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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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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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Ayubowan, may you have the gift of a long life, is the traditional greeting salutation in Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #05/2024: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 31st January 2024

Apologies for the lack of updates over the past couple of months. Sri Lanka has had a dramatic turnaround in tourism since November and suddenly everyone wants to visit the Resplendent Isle. It has become particularly busy for us since the New Year for immediate holidays as well as ones well into 2025, so the future looks bright. Why not travel in May, June or September when there are great deals on hotels and the island is quieter?

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Responsible Travel, the best holidays for you, local people and places

TikaWeeks #43/2023: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 26th October 2023

As a follow on from last week’s blog about travel and nature, this update focuses on the progress made by Responsible Travel since its inception in 2001. In its recently published impact report, Tipping the Scales, the trailblazing sustainable travel portal emphasises the three key elements to its fundamental ethos: carbon, nature and people. Ultimately it is a comprehensive overview of how it is working with global partners to minimise tourism’s harmful impact, and maximise the good.

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Sir David Attenborough with gorillas in Rwanda (courtesy of the BBC)

TikaWeeks #42/2023: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 20th October 2023

Nature, carbon and humanity are inextricably entwined with 50% of man-made CO2 sequestered by nature – but the story doesn’t end there: 75% of food crops are dependent on insect pollination, 80% of registered medicines come from plants and 85% of the world's largest companies have a high dependency on nature across direct operations. Nature is at the heart of everything and considering the planet’s lifeblood while travelling is vital.

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Papare - a lively genre of Sri Lankan music - goes hand in hand with cricket (courtesy of Hafsa Adil/Al Jazeera)

TikaWeeks #40/2023: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 3rd October 2023

Despite Sri Lanka’s crushing defeat at the hands of arch rivals India in front of a capacity home crowd in last month’s Asia Cup final, there were still plenty of smiling faces, dancing in the aisles and party music resounding around Colombo’s R. Premadasa cricket stadium. Even at the height of the island’s civil war and during the recent political and economic chaos, cricket has been a unifying force, a soothing balm at the time of crisis.

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Lighthouse and mosque within the Dutch colonial era fort, Galle, Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #39/2023: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 27th September 2023

Sri Lanka is definitely making a comeback. With confidence building, 2024 should be a very positive year. Where better to start than the revitalised Galle Literary Festival, which runs from 25 to 28 January 2024. This now fabled event last ran in 2020 and has been attracting authors and visitors from across the world since the inaugural festival in 2015, which takes place in the vicinity of Galle's historic 17th century Dutch colonial era fort.

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