If you are planning a vacation to Sri Lanka, this might not be the ideal time to visit. Sri Lankan government has put a halt to the visa-on-arrival facility for the time being following the terror attacks. By Swastika Mukhopadhyay

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At the end of a camping day…you will be messy but your eyes will be sparkling! ✨ . 📍Located between Colombo-Badulla main road is a famous camping destination in Sri Lanka- Wangedigala. It is believed that the name ‘Wangedigala’ originated due to the mortar shaped rock (Wangediya in Sinhala) on top of the mountain ⛰ . . It will take about 4-5 hours to reach the top of the mountain. The site is also well known for its scenic views and sunrise! . Note: Take extra care if you are trying to make a fire 🔥 on the top. . ➕Follow @srilanka for more travel stories . 🔎 Find Places, Invite Friends, Travel @anylocations . 📩 Plan Trip: [email protected] . 📸 Photo: @simaksuhail . #SRILANKA #yourSRILANKAtrip #anyLocations #singapore #bali #london #nyc #netherland #china #japan #russia #moscow #travel #instaTravel #beach #sea

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Travellers visiting Sri Lanka might have to hold off their plans for a while since the visa on arrival programme has been put on hold by the Sri Lankan government following the terror attacks. The free visa on arrival facility for 39 countries was supposed to commence from May 1, 2019 providing a hassle-free experience for the tourists visiting Sri Lanka.

Suspecting foreign involvement in the attacks, Tourism Minister John Amaratunga said, “Although arrangements were in place to issue visas-on-arrival for citizens of 39 countries, we have now decided to hold it for the time being in consideration of the current security situation.”

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Our first stop, Mirissa. One of the best things in Sri Lanka. . With turquoise waters and the right amount of waves for surfing, chances are you will be spending most of your time here! . After a couple of minutes from the beach we reached the Coconut Tree Hill – the perfect viewpoint of the town and the beach, where you can chill and catch a sunset or enjoy a coconut drink. . ➕Follow @srilanka for more travel stories . 🔎 Find Places, Invite Friends, Travel @anylocations . 📩 Plan Trip: [email protected] . 📸 Photo: @binario_12 . #SRILANKA #yourSRILANKAtrip #travel #galle#russia #australia #germany #china #uk #us #amazing #nature #japan #tokyo #instadaily #beach #instatravel #experience

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The scheme was initially proposed to enhance tourism in Sri Lanka and attract more tourists, especially during the off-season starting from May to October. The trial period of this programme was supposed to be six months, most likely to be extended.

“Investigations have revealed foreign links to the attacks and we don’t want this facility to be abused,” said Amaratunga.

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What I saw was a heaven with an endless pool of blue waters. The sounds of waves alone could create a soothing atmosphere and it was nice to feel the soft sand under my toes. This was more than I expected. . Located 5km away from the Galle city is Unawatuna, a wide semi circular bay with a pristine beach and a palm fringed land. . This is not all. Unawatuna is also ideal for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and even for surfing! . ➕Follow @srilanka for more travel stories . 🔎 Find Places, Invite Friends, Travel @anylocations . 📩 Plan Trip: [email protected] . 📸 Photo: @binario_12 . #SRILANKA #yourSRILANKAtrip #travel #galle#russia #australia #germany #china #uk #us #amazing #nature #japan #tokyo #instadaily #beach #instatravel #experience

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Sri Lanka enjoys thriving tourism, which accounts for around five percent of the country’s GDP. But the terror attacks have surely left a huge dent in the tourism industry. The country hosted about 7,40,600 foreign tourists at the beginning of this year. With around 4,50,000 Indians visiting Sri Lanka last year, the nation was expecting the Indian tourist mark to cross one million in 2019.

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