South of India, there is a teardrop-shaped island in the Indian Ocean. This island paradise has been known over time by many names, and today it is called Sri Lanka. It stands out for its rainforest, arid plains, sandy beaches, and exotic animals, and all you need to visit is a Sri Lanka visa for Norwegian citizens.
- Touring Sri Lanka in its trains
- Climb Lion’s Rock or contemplate it from the sacred Pidurangala
- Enjoy the wildest nature
- Sitting in meditation in front of the majestic Buddha statues
- Do I need an E-Visa to travel?
Explore the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa by bike
Stop being a guide and go free to explore the beauty of the island! The distances in these two UNESCO World Heritage Sites are ideal for you to travel on two wheels. As well as saving a few rupees (and getting some exercise), you can stop as often as you like to marvel at spectacular ancient temples and perfectly preserved Buddhist statues.
A legacy of British colonization, Sri Lanka has a fabulous rail network that runs through much of the country. Traveling through palm groves, rice paddies dotted with white stupas and endless tea plantations listening to the rattle of a train that has changed little or nothing since the mid-19th century is something you will not regret.
Buy the first ticket you see, settle in at the door or travel first, second or third class because you can always enjoy what is considered the most beautiful train journeys in the world. Do it differently and walk the tracks sharing smiles with the locals who do the same as you.
The stretch from the religious city of Kandy to the mountainous Ella through the Highlands and through the fog that hangs over the tea plantations of Ceylon is incomparable to any landscape you have seen before and for travel around this cities, you only need a Sri Lanka visa for Norwegian citizens.
Climb a few meters to get hawkish views of almost the entire island from Sigiriya, the so-called Lion’s Rock. The madness of an envious prince in the 5th century led him to make this mountain his palatial stronghold in the face of the imminent invasion of his brother, whom he had usurped the throne and expatriated to India.
Climbing centuries of history don’t come cheap, but you can get spectacular views of the Great Rock and everything around it from the nearby mountain of Pidurangala for a few rupees less. Come on, don’t be lazy and climb it, both of you! I guarantee you won’t regret it, word of a traveler.
Sri Lanka’s wildlife is one of the richest in the world and you should not stop trying to enjoy it in one of its national parks. Touring the parks of Yala and Minneriya on board a jeep will allow you to see a large number of birds, elephants, water buffalo, leopards, and even the curious black bear in the wild.
If marine life calls you more, sail the waters of Mirissa in search of whales and dolphins or wait under the full moon on Rekawa beach until the giant green turtles come to lay their eggs.
With a Sri Lanka visa for Norwegian citizens, you can travel and visit all the Buddha statues in Sri Lanka. Theravada School Buddhism is the cult that 70% of Sri Lankans have practiced for more than two thousand years and I am sure that the fascinating Buddha statues in Aukana or the complex of four of them in the Gal Vihara in Polonnaruwa will leave more than one impacted.
The tranquility of the faces of these Buddhas carved into the rock centuries ago makes you want to stop and look at them, photograph them and, why not, meditate on how lucky you are to be on such a wonderful journey.
eTA is an acronym for Electronic Travel Authorization and it is a digital permit, which you apply for over the internet to enter Sri Lanka as a tourist. If you want to travel to Sri Lanka for tourism purposes, the eTA will replace the need to apply for a regular visa and is much easier and faster to obtain as you only need an internet connection to apply and fill out the digital form.
Even tourists from India will need to obtain a Sri Lanka eTA to enter the country, so if you come from northern Europe do not hesitate to apply for your Sri Lanka visa for Norwegian citizens to travel in peace and enjoy the country of tea and its exotic beauty.