SriLankan Airlines flight in Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand
Hyderabadis rejoice! The beautiful island nation of Sri Lanka will now be directly connected to the city of Nawabs through a non-stop flight by SriLankan Airlines. The flagship air carrier of Sri Lanka flew its maiden flight from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad today. It will fly the route four times a week, and the flight will take a little less than two hours to reach its destination. ALSO READ: Sri Lanka Tourism: Top 9 things to do in Colombo
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Nonstop flights between Hyderabad and Colombo will be scheduled every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. SGK Kishore, CEO of GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited, said that the new service will enable direct connectivity to Sri Lanka for passengers in 13 cities near Hyderabad. He added that Sri Lanka is emerging as a favorite among tourists in India, and there are plenty of reasons why. With its vast coastline harboring beautiful beaches, rich culture that is deeply tied with India and lip-smacking seafood. Also Read - COVID-19: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Urges Citizens to Halt Travel, Gatherings
Bentota, Sri Lanka
India, in fact, is the number one source of all tourists coming to Sri Lanka right now, and that number is expected to grow by more than a quarter in 2017. In 2016, around 3.56 lakh travelers came to Sri Lanka from India, according to the nation’s tourism promotion bureau. Sri Lanka is one of the closest countries to India, and it offers relatively cheap visas on arrival. With few hassles, Indians come in troves to the island nation, lured by the white sandy beaches, the food and the mythology of Ramayana. Also Read - Sri Lanka Suspends All Incoming International Flights Amid Coronavirus Fears
In fact, Sri Lanka has been seeing more than just travelers interested in the famous Ramayana Trail (the tourism board has already identified 16 sites for this trail). More travelers in the age group of 25-40 years are coming to Sri Lanka to experience its adventure sports and night life. The place also holds plenty of potential for destination weddings and corporate vacations, and there is a growing trend for cruise vacations from India. NOW READ: India vs Sri Lanka: Which country has the best beaches?
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