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New Flights to Colombo: Sri Lanka one Step Closer to Being Asia’s New Travel Hot Spot for Australians

June 8, 2017 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

Verdant rainforests, palm-fringed beaches, UNESCO temples and an intriguing culture, Sri Lanka is an inspiring destination that will soon be more accessible than ever for Australians with SriLankan Airlines starting to operate daily non-stop flights from Melbourne to Colombo from 29th October this year.
The new flights will tap into growing interest of Australians to visit the destination, which has seen a strong increase in visitation numbers from Australia of over 30% over the last three years.*

The new A330-200 aircraft will take Victorians directly to Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital and largest city, in just 11 hours.

According to Chad Carey, co-founder of Asia Travel Specialist GetAboutAsia, Sri Lanka’s destination diversity is one of the main draws luring Australians.

“From stunning scenery, incredible beaches, tea stations and an intriguing culture that goes back thousands of years, Sri Lanka has everything Australians love in a holiday with a vibe that perfectly combines the dramatic India and the laid-back Bali attitude” he said.

Mr Carey says Sri Lanka’s increasing popularity is also due to the urge of Australian travellers to see something different.

“Many love Bali, Thailand and Fiji and may have been there repeatedly, but are now looking to venture somewhere different.”

According to Mr Carey, the top 5 unmissable experiences to have in Sri Lanka are:

–        Sample Sri Lankan Cuisine

Colombo is not only the gateway to Sri Lanka but it’s also home to some of its best restaurants. To try the best local cuisine, stop by at Ministry of Crab. Outside Colombo, head to Negombo, a beach town renowned for its lively fish markets and great seafood.

–        Hit the Beach
Sri Lankan beaches are diverse and beautiful. For the best sunsets and to watch traditional stilt fishermen, head to Mirissa. For the best surfing, hit the great waves of Arugam Bay.

–        Spot a Leopard

For wildlife lovers, Yala National Park is a must visit. Even though the leopard steals the show, there is a diversity of wildlife to be spotted.

–        See the Tea Plantations
One of the most unique ways to see Sri Lanka’s distinct hillside and tea plantations is by taking the train from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. Often referred to as “Little England” for its British country village feel, Nuwara Eliya is the perfect place to treat yourself to a few days of relaxation.

–        Explore Sri Lanka’s Culture and History

Anuradhapura is our top pick for Sri Lankan history and culture. Although skipped by many tourists, the well-preserved ruins of the ancient Sri Lankan civilization are impressive with many temples and holy places still being in use.

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