Category Tourism Promotion

International Mineral and Mining Forum. 20-21 October 2023, Colombo

The Geological Survey and Mines Bureau and the Ministry of Environment will be organizing the International Mineral and Mining Forum from 20-21 October 2023 at the BMICH in Colombo. This is being organized in collaboration with the National Gem and Jewellery Authority.

The Forum which consists of Technical Sessions, an Exhibition, and industrial site Visits from 2lst   22nd  October 2023, is expected to draw o wide audience, both international and local

companies in the exploration, mining, and processing sectors in the mineral field.

The Guest Speakers on Day 02 will be Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anwaruddin Hisyam, Snr. Lecturer & Chemical Engineer of University Malaysia, Pahang, Malaysia, and Mr. Rohitesh Dhawan, President and CEO of the International  Council on Mining & Metal.

The following are the concessions being offered to foreign participants as informed by the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau:

The foreign participants are not required to pay to attend the plenary sessions & industrial exhibition on 20th and 21st  October 2023 of the BMICH premises. (More details through the webpage of the forum online registration).

Concessionary roles for hotel accommodation will be provided (please see

The contact point is Ms. Nilmini Thaldena, WhatsApp,  +94 7135 287 51.


International Mineral and Mining Forum. 20-21 October 2023,

Sri Lanka Tourism organized a Promotional Road Show in Southern India

Sri Lanka Tourism in coordination with the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai organized a Tourism Road Show in Southern India. The event commenced in Chennai, Tamil Nadu today (24 April) with the participation of Hon.Harin Fernando, Minister of Tourism and  Sri Lanka Tourism Brand Ambassador, Cricket legend Sanath Jayasuriya. The event was attended by a number of travel agencies from Sri Lanka and India, representatives from Srilankan Airlines as well as many other distinguished guests. The promotional Road Show will proceed to Cochin and Bangalore on the 26th and 28th of April respectively.

Sri Lanka organizes its first ever ‘The Murugan Trail’ FAM tour from South India

A familiarization program for South Indian media, to promote ‘The Murugan Trail’ in Sri Lanka,  has been organized and facilitated by Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai in collaboration with Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, from 03rd to 11th August 2022.

The utmost objective of this program is to promote and publicize mainly Katharagama Esala Festival among the south Indian tourists which is being held in this auspicious month. In parallel to this event other elegance cultural events such as Esala Perahera in Kandy and Nallur Festival in Jaffna, which is held in the same month, will also be promoted.

Kataragama Esala Festival is held annually in July or August at the Kataragama Ancient Temple, to pay homage to Lord Murugan. Kataragama Esala Perehera (Procession) held at the nights of the festive season with traditional dancers, kawadi dancers, drummers, fire walkers, elephants, and many other religious rituals, is known as one of the most elegant & spectacular historical-cultural pageants in Sri Lanka.

For the first time, six renowned media houses in south India, both print and electronic, including ‘The Hindu’, ‘Behindwoods’, ‘News 07 Tamil’, ‘Vikatan’, ‘News 18’, ‘TV 09’ and ‘Madhura Digital Media’ departed to Sri Lanka on 03rd August for a 09 days visit. During the visit, the delegation is travelling to cover historically and culturally important destinations and events in all around the country especially in Colombo, Jaffna, Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Kandy and Katharagama. Moreover, Kataharagama Esala festival is being scheduled to be broadcast live by a few of them.

Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai steps forward to promote Palmyrah based Products

In the Northern part of Sri Lanka, palmyrah palm is referred as “Katpahatharu (celestial tree)” or “the tree of life” for its multifarious uses. It is identified that almost each part of the palm, right from the top to bottom (root), has an economic value (nearly 800) being immensely useful to the life of the local population, contributing in numerous ways not only to food and nutrition, shelter and fuel but also to income generating activities.

The Government of Sri Lanka has established The Palmyrah Development Board to diversify, promote, develop & conduct research related to Palmyrah products. It has been identified that the value added palmyrah products has a developing market in European and South East Asian Countries.

On 18th February, 2022, Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai had organized a small tea ceremony at the chancery premises to introduce diversified and value-added Palmyra based Products to the business community in Southern India. Under the invitation of Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Krishantha Pathiraja, Chairman, Palmyrah Development Board also participated the event.

Several diversified and value added palmyrah based products were introduced to the participants, whom expressed their interest to promote as well as to open few retail outlets palmyrah based products in Southern India. The event was concluded with a cup of delicious ‘Ceylon Tea’ served to the participants.

Online submission of COVID – 19 Vaccination certificates and PCR test results to facilitate swift completion of arrival formalities at ports of entry into Sri Lanka

All Sri Lankans and Foreigners are requested to upload their vaccine certificates and PCR test results to the following link in order to facilitate swift completion of arrival formalities at ports of entry into Sri Lanka:

While the above documents can also be submitted on arrival in hard copy, online uploading of the certificates and carrying copies of the same with the traveller would ensure swift completion of formalities without any delays.

Health Protocols issued by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

Health Protocols issued by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority for travellers arriving to Sri Lanka who are   fully vaccinatedCovid 19 recovered and  not vaccinated Or not fully vaccinated

Tourist Route – 30 Sep – Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Tourist Route – 30 Sep – Not Vaccinated Not-fully Vaccinated Travellers

Tourist Route – 30 Sep – COVID-19 Recovered Travellers

Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission hosts two out bound tour operator delegations

Upon the resumption of Sri Lanka tourism for Indian travellers, Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai hosted two outbound tour operator delegations from Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) and Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) at Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission on 23rd and 24th September 2021 respectively. The objectives of arranging these delegations were to brand Sri Lanka again as the favourite travel destination of Indian tourists after a long break due to the pandemic restrictions and to solicit their views on uplifting Sri Lankan tourism.  Addressing delegations, the Deputy High Commissioner, Dr. Venkateshwaran, made the delegates aware of the way forward for Sri Lankan tourism under the new normal situation and emphasized Sri Lanka’s readiness to promote “Ramayanaya Yathra”, “Murugan Trail” and “Panchalingam Trail” to allure more Indian travellers to the island.

A comprehensive presentation was made by Mr. Nilina Pathirana, Manager, Sales, Sri Lankan Air Lines, Chennai office, highlighting the air connectivity from Colombo to south Indian destinations including Chennai, Bangalore, Trichy, Madurai, Cochin, Trivandrum, and Hyderabad. Furthermore, he emphasized the national carrier’s buy one, get one free offer, which is available to passengers until December 31st, 2021. TAAI delegation head, Mr. Karunakaran, Hon Secretary of TAAI Southern Region, appreciated the initiatives taken by the Deputy High Commission to make travellers aware of the opening up of Sri Lankan tourism to India. Furthermore, he suggested a few factors to be taken into consideration, which include changes to Sri Lankan Airlines’ flight schedules and enhancing sops provided to travellers.  

President of TAFI Southern region, Mr. Arul Lazaran emphasized the importance of Sri Lanka as a travel destination for Indian travel and tour operators, specially elaborated the importance of waving off taxes/levies on MICE tourism and destination wedding travellers. During the Q&A session, numerous questions were raised by the participants regarding the steps to be followed by the travellers upon arrival in Sri Lanka, the ongoing visa procedure, and carrying out PCR tests etc. These questions were successfully addressed by the DHC and the team. Moreover, Sri Lankan Airlines and the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau were suggested with a few proposals to be executed which would be more pragmatic to bolster the Sri Lankan tourism industry under the new normal situation. Taking the facts raised by the delegates into his consideration, DHC agreed to convey their suggestions to Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and other line agencies in order to assure and furnish a safe and comfortable travel experience to Indian travellers.

Rounding off each interaction, Mr. Dilanga Hettiarachchi, Third Secretary (commercial), Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission, admired the impetus given by both TAAI and TAFI throughout the years and sought their keen support to promote and project Sri Lanka as Indian travellers’ favourite travel destination.

Both TAAI and TAFI are preeminent travel and tour operator associations in India, which have a substantial amount of island wide membership and play a vital role in India`s tourism industry.


Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission- Chennai

27th September 2021

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Visit Again to your Favourite Travel Destination

Visit again to your favourite travel destination
Sri Lanka, the Island of treasure is now opened up for Indian travellers
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The Kandy Esala Perahera


Kandy comes alive in banners and lights during the month of August when the Temple of the Tooth Relic will be paraded through its streets in a spectacle of lights, colours and dancing. It is known to be one of the oldest continuously running cultural pageants in the world and the grandest festival in Buddhist culture.

Watch the livestream of the 10 day event from the 13th to the 23rd of August 2021. on