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A great video summing up the allures of Sri Lanka

A couple of years ago, Indian travel platform Tripoto put together a cool vid putting together an overview of their country's large island neighbor to the south - and it sure paints a pretty picture of its cities, towns, eco treasures, anicent ruins, beaches, and more. SL was never in my top ten of wanna-visits, but seeing this made me reconsider, for sure!}  

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Sri Lanka's beaches are the best in the Indian Ocean

This island country south of India is a year-round destination which is home to stunning yet affordable beach resorts, and among other things offering fabulous sandy beaches and some of the most exciting surf in the Indian Ocean. These beaches range from buzzing to deserted, sprinkled with fishing villages and coconut groves or backed by national parks. Some are good for swimming, others best for surfing or diving. There are turtle nesting grounds and coral reefs with multi-coloured fish. Once…

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Why is Sri Lanka on ourblogger's list of '10 Remarkable Places to Visit Before You Die'?

It's a wide world full of wonders, and articles "places to see before you die" have become commonplace in recent years. Thinking about the question, I have my own list, and it includes not just the expected, but also some places you might not expect. Let's have a look - and if you agree, disagree, or have your own bucket-listers, please tell me about them in the comments! read post

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Sri Lanka's elephant orphanage near Kandy

Admit it. It is tough to visualize an elephant orphanage.  Visions of elephants in shorts like Oliver Twist asking “please sir may I have another” were short lived in my great expectations, however they were not replaced with anything very clear. Originally set up by the government to care for abandoned or orphaned elephants it has now turned into a major tourist attraction and seems to be the economic cornerstone of a small village outside of Kandy named Pinnewala...read complete post

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  • I happened to come across this on the Daily Mirror website, and I must say, I too am underwhelmed. Did they actually pay somebody for this? https://www.dailymirror.lk/business/New-Sri-Lanka-Tourism-tagline-f...
    New Sri Lanka Tourism tagline fails to impress branding and marketing experts - Business | Daily Mi…
    Sri Lanka Tourism officially revealed its new branding early this week, aiming for success and uniqueness. However, the response from the country’s b…
  • With everything else this country has to offer, it looks like they´re also trying to get in on the sports tourism game: https://www.dailynews.lk/2023/08/30/sports/98395/sri-lanka-to-be-pr...
    Sri Lanka to be promoted as a world renowned Tourism and Sports destination - DailyNews
    Nic Styles ex Wallabies player and coach, and General Manager of Melbourne Rebels (fifth from left) addressing the media at a press…
  • Most visitors head to the south coast or tea country. But Jaffna in the Tamil north is also definitely worth a trip, as CNN Travel recently mentioned in its look at a dozen and a half under-the radar Asian destinations: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/asia-underrated-places-intl-...
    18 of Asia's most underrated places
    Leshan, China; Nikko, Japan; Isaan, Thailand and other under-the-radar destinations around Asia.
  • Welp, turns out that as a follow-up to my comment and link below, a 20-year-old U.S. based news outlet focusing on the Asia-Pacific, called The Diplomat, has just come out with its own analysis of the state of tourism in Sri Lanka, and it actually seems to be recovering despite all the turmoil - just not as much as anyone would like: https://thediplomat.com/2022/11/sri-lankas-tourism-industry-revives...
    Sri Lanka’s Tourism Industry Revives Despite Public Protests
    Tourist numbers are rebounding after the worst of the financial crisis, but are still nowhere near government aspirations.
  • All the turmoil in SR has cratered visitor numbers to less than a third of their peak in recent years, so the national tourism authority has been making a big social-media push, based on non-beach interests, to attract more Europeans in particular. Will it work? https://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sri-Lanka-waiting-for-tourists-to-c...
    SRI LANKA Sri Lanka waiting for tourists to come back
    According to industry insiders, recent protests have put a dent on the country’s image. To counter this, a marketing campaign has been launched to at…
  • Sri Lanka was looking for a post-COVID-19 rebound for its tourism sector, but instead, its massive economic crisis - the biggest since independence, and which is even now bringing protesters out into the street and putting pressure on the president to resign - is causing food and fuel shortages and crushing hopes for tourism's recovery in 2022: https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/sri-lankas-economic-cris...
    Sri Lanka's economic crisis dashes hopes for post COVID-19 tourism recovery
    With its ancient fort and sandy beaches, the city of Galle on Sri Lanka's southern coast should be awash with holidaymakers at this time of year.
  • Warm Regards,

    Jude Perera

    Owner Ru Travel & Ru Handicraft





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  • Did you know that you can also go whale-watching in Sri Lanka? Check out this recent cetacean encounter on our blog.

  • Hello all! I go to Sri Lanka end of April 2012. My maternal family is from there and i hope to visit family (my nans brothers and sisters), and travel the country as much i can. Family are in colombo at the moment, originally from Jaffna.... ive got 10 days. Read a bit about a real cool train journey that is a must. Ideas anyone? 

    Aside to Buzzy: Fancy seeeing you here. Hope all is well. 

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