Azerbaijan and CIS tourists now discover Sri Lanka

Travellers from CIS are willing to open up new directions, travel further and gain new experience by discovering new and diverse destinations.

Among the destinations that definitely would suite curious minds is Sri Lanka. flydubai, Dubai’s first low cost carrier, gives tips on how to have you stay in Sri Lanka unforgettable, the company said.

Sri Lanka that might be better known for CIS residents as Ceylon is gaining popularity among tourists. Last year over 800 000 international travellers visited this beautiful island and Sri Lankan government is determined to bring this number even further – up to 2.5 million visitors a year by 2016. The number of Russian travellers exceeded 14 000. The majority of the international tourist came to Sri Lanka through Dubai hub, with more than 60,000 of them arriving with flydubai last year that is 125% increase in comparison with 2010. Therefore flydubai gives some answers to the essential travellers’ questions.

The main city of Sri Lanka Colombo and the surrounding area would be of great interest for those who is want to explore the treasures of the world. Sri Lanka is home to eight world heritage sites: Galle, Kandy, Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruva, Dambulla cave temple, the Central Highlands, and Lion-King Sinharaja tropical rainforest.

Sri Lanka considered being the cradle of Buddhism and its various relicts are kept there and are the objects of special ceremonies. One of the best known is the bearing out of the Buddha sacred tooth from Dalada Maligawa temple in Kandy. The ceremony is accompanied by a festive procession that lasts for several days, involving hundreds of temple elephants, national dancers, torchbearers, the standard-bearers.

Neighbouring beachside towns such as Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna are the best solutions for those who prefer relaxed vacation, are keen on diving, snorkelling, surfing and sunbathing on the seaside. There is a reef protecting the beach, which makes it perfectly safe for bathing and this beach is voted as one of the “top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world” by the Discovery Channel and Mark Ellingham, the founder of ‘Rough Guides’.

Colombo offers a range of accommodation options, from the five-star Taj Hotels and Resorts to more low-key, inexpensive alternatives. If you’re heading down to Galle, stay at the exclusive and very romantic The Dutch House, set high on a hill overlooking Galle Harbour. Together with its sister hotel, The Sun House, it is the perfect place to base yourself and explore the local and bustling markets and villages of the Southern Province.

Sri Lanka is famous for its handcrafts so wood and ivory carving, hand-made masks and batik and basketry can become a pleasant souvenir for your relatives and friends. For the most precious one you can bring something corresponding such as diamonds, emeralds, rubies that are produced on the island. And, of course, the tea!

The average temperature throughout the year is + 27 °C, the humidity level in a day time throughout the year is over 70% rising up to 90% in June. The only major change in the Colombo weather occurs during the monsoon seasons from May to August and October to January. This is the time of year where heavy rains can be expected.

Citizens of Azerbaijan need to obtain visa for visiting Sri Lanka. Local travel agencies can support this process. Visas are issued within 24 hours and cost 25 AZN.

It is practically impossible to get to Sri Lanka from the CIS states on a direct flight therefore travellers will have to use the transfer flight. Dubai international airport is the best solution for CIS travellers as flydubai is determined to make their trip easier by improving connections. flydubai currently serves 13 points in 8 different countries in Eastern Europe and CIS, providing these cities with convenient connectivity to Colombo Via Dubai. flydubai flies to Colombo five times a week. Flights depart Dubai on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Prices for the flights from Baku to Colombo start from 407 AZN. For more information, flight details and fares please visit www.flydubai.com, or contact your local travel agent.

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