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There has never been a better time to visit with free visas available

September 16, 2019 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under: , ,

Voted as the top country to visit in 2019 by Lonely Planet, Sri Lanka is a bastion of rich wildlife, having the most concentrated leopard population in the world. Grab short bites (bite-size Sri Lankan snacks) as you ride the train into tea country. Learn to surf on one of the many pristine beaches on the island. Known as the teardrop in the Indian Ocean, this beautiful country has something for everyone.

The 48 Countries highlighted in green below are eligible for free visas on arrival until January 2020.

Visitors can now apply for the free visa online using this website ( Proposed in the first quarter of 2019, this initiative has finally taken off. Sri Lanka wants to invite travelers to enjoy the country’s rich cuisine and warm hospitality. Taste the plethora of curries simmered to perfection, travel around the bustling city streets by Tuk Tuks, and finally, take snapshots with a herd of elephants or those elusive leopards on safari. Book your flight to Colombo today!

Hotels in Colombo are offering some extremely great deals until the end of the year.

We’ve shared some of our favorite places to stay and things to do below.” with “Below are some of our favorite places to stay and our highly recommend things to do.


Horathapola Estate, Wadumunnegedara

(Special Deal – 20% off for bookings until 19th December)

Approximately 1.5 hours from the airport, this tropical getaway sits on a renovated organic coconut farm. This meticulously renovated Plantation Bungalow offers you contemporary comforts coupled with local that will entice you from the moment you step onto to this the property. Balancing local charm with quiet serenity, it’s the perfect place to unwind and recharge. This meticulously renovated Plantation Bungalow offers you contemporary comforts coupled with local charm that will entice you from the moment you step onto the property. Balancing local charm with quiet serenity, it’s the perfect place to unwind and recharge.

Guests are invited to learn more about the plantation, meet the locals, visit an organic coconut oil manufacturer, or grab a bike and ride around the well-manicured, immaculate estate. 


Notary’s House, Makandura

(Special Deal – 25% off if you book before 31st October 2019 and travel before 30th April, 2020)

This hotel blends both modern and traditional architecture perfectly. The old-country house once belonged to a famous notary in the area. Recently restored, this lodge is surrounded by lush greenery and great views. The sunset from your room is quite breathtaking while sitting on the terrace overlooking the makandura wewa lake.

For those looking for some activity, you can walk around the village with one of the hosts or even grab a bike and pedal through the neighboring forest patch. Don’t forget to visit the village temple! Guests are also recommended to stop by at a local Kadey (shop) and try plain tea just as the locals like it.


Villa Hundira, Thalahena, Negombo

(Special Deal – 10% off for bookings until 19th December)

A quaint-family-owned villa is your home away from home. Their kitchen produces rustic Sri-Lankan classics, such as Chili-fish curry and Brinjal Eggplant. The rooms are quite spacious, well-decorated, and fully-equipped.

We highly recommend a visit to the Thimble Arts & Crafts workshop situated in the property itself. In an effort to empower the women of nearby fishing villages, Indira, the proprietress of Villa Hundira launched the workshop that handcrafts a range of wall hangings, tapestries, cushions, and stuffed toys that are flamboyant and distinct in style.


Explore Colombo with our friend, Rashan

(Special Deal – Complimentary addition of Adventure of Arrack in combination with Rashan’s Walk)

Born and raised in Colombo, Rashan knows all the best places in the city. We’ll go to his favorite street food vendors. Along Galle Face Green, an open-air market adventure awaits you. You’re welcome to try chopping your own roti for Kottu Roti: a stir-fry dish with diced roti, vegetables, meat, and curry paste. Rashan also recommends the local markets near Pettah: formerly known as the streets of Slave Island, this a popular spot for locals to eat yet rarely visited by tourists.

To wash it all down, Rashan recommends trying the local liquor: Arrack. “Our Adventure of Arrack” is a favorite addendum, where we’ll deep dive into this local libation. The spirit is naturally fermented from coconut flowers. The caramelized sugar gives the drink its color. From Marco Polo to Magellan, everyone who comes to Sri Lanka must try Arrack. It’s the perfect way to end an evening.

From the fancy and upscale lounges to the dodgy bars, as locals call it, we invite everyone to explore with Rashan. Book now and wander through cultural landmarks freely. Relax on the peaceful beaches and encounter wild animals on your next safari!

To book or for more information, contact [email protected].

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