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How to get a Sri Lanka travel permit

I was in Sri Lanka a few months ago for a week of solo travelling and it sure was an incredible experience. Sri Lanka is a gorgeous island replete with stunning natural beauty, vibrant, colourful people and remarkable gastronomic delights. The best part, however, is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to vacation there. For a budget traveller looking to get lost in the midst of the sun and sand, mountains and forests, Sri Lanka is an id…

Air India announces Delhi-Colombo flight

Orwa, a Sri Lankan traditional boat June 3 (TravelAndy): India’s flagship carrier Air India will start operating direct flights between New Delhi and the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo from June 15. All-inclusive return airfares will start from INR15,555, the airline said. Except Wednesdays, the flight will depart every day at noon and reach Colombo at 3.35pm. On Wednesdays, it will depart at 1.30pm and arrive in the Sri Lankan capital at…

TRAVEL LIKE ANDY

…t took my breath away. I had never in my dreams imagined that an entire city could be this clean and organised. Sri Lanka Same same but different. Sri Lanka will remind you strongly of South India but the big difference is that the local people are so much more warmer. Also, the green, so much green. Take a ride on the trains through breathtaking landscape while munching on delicious fare that the hawkers sell on board or stuff your co-passengers…

10 countries offering visa on arrival for Indians

…a, but unfortunately, you have to apply for it before your trip. Click here for details on this combined visa.  Sri Lanka You can get an Electronic Travel Authorization after you land on this beautiful island in the Indian ocean, but I’d rather get it done online beforehand. It saves time and costs less that way. Click here for everything you need to know on the Sri Lanka ETA. Jordan The two most prominent images that come to mind with th…

Kolkata-Colombo direct flight from June 17

June 9 (TravelAndy): Sri Lankan government-owned low-cost carrier Mihin Lanka is set to start direct flights between Colombo and Kolkata from June 17. The airline will operate three flights a week – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This will be the first direct flight on this route.  Return airfares will start from around INR15,500, which is cheaper than other travel options on this route. “We are playing a crucial role in support…

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How to have the local experience

…sfilacci di cavallo and carbonara when in Rome, the quiche lorraine in France, the vada pao in Mumbai, the rosogolla in Kolkata, the pittu in Sri Lanka and the pad Thai in Thailand. 7. Learn a few words of the local language: You may be far from fluent, but the local people will certainly appreciate your efforts and they will be more interested in you having a good time in their hometown. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share On Pinterest…

Vegetarian delicacies from around the world

…d laced with olive oil and lemon juice. Warning (for Indian vegetarians): May contain crushed garlic. Kiribath (Sri Lanka) Rice boiled with coconut milk, cooled and cut into diamonds.Usually served with lunu miris, the fiery Sri Lankan sambal. Warning: A vegetarian dish on its own but may be served with non-vegetarian sides. Lunu miris contains onions but can be substituted with plain chili sambal. Rajas Poblanas (Mexico) Slices of Poblanas peppe…

First pilgrimage train chugs out of Amritsar

January 4 (TravelAndy): Punjab has flagged off its first Tirth Yatra train from Amritsar to Takht Sachkhand Sri Hazoor Sahib at Nanded in Maharashtra, said reports. This special train has 18 coaches and can accommodate 1,080 passengers. During the trip, the pilgrims will be provided with food, accommodation and transportation free of cost. Seven more trains are scheduled to start run this January to Nanded Sahib from Maur (Bathinda), Sri Anandpu…

Gulf Air starts Bahrain-Colombo direct flights

January 21 (TravelAndy): Bahrain’s flagship carrier Gulf Air has started direct flights to the Sri Lankan capital Colombo. According to an official statement, the airline will operate five flights a week on this route. Following is the schedule of flights as mentioned by Gulf Air. “We expect our newest destination to further enhance Gulf Air’s network, in line with our business strategy to provide strong business and tourism links to the Kingdo…

India extends e-tourist visa to China

…many, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the US are among the 74 countries that are already in the e-TV list. With an e-TV, a visitor can enter the country through nine designated airports — Bengaluru, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Trivandrum. The government had launched the e-visa facility in November, 2014. The…

Why I go when no one else is

…(and also many trucks) we crossed on the highway waved at us. Families travelling with us on the local train in Sri Lanka offered us snacks they were having even though neither of us understood the other’s language. Authentic local cuisine When I travel to a new place, what I intend to experience is a slice of the life of a typical local person. And authentic local cuisine is sure a part of it. When a place is less touristy, it’s easier to…