In an effort to boost tourism to its country, Sri Lanka will begin offering free visas on arrival to citizens from 39 different countries beginning on the first of May. The island country saw 2.3 million visitors in 2018 and hopes to up the figure this year. Sri Lanka is located in the Bay of Bengal, south of India, and it offers adventure travelers a lot to see.

The government of Sri Lanka believes that offering free visas to travelers will encourage more people to visit its country instead of India due to the cost savings. Visas to enter India can cost between $80 and $100. Even prior to its latest move to waive the visa fee, the cost of a visa to Sri Lanka was only $30.

Sri Lanka has become increasingly popular as a tourist destination since the end of its civil war in 2009. The island country has much to offer visitors. The tropical climate and beautiful beaches are a top attraction to the country. Additionally, Sri Lanka has a vivid historical past and is home to some of the most amazing Buddhist structures in the area. Sri Lanka also has a unique ecosystem and is home to some of the most endangered animals in the world.

Visitors to Sri Lanka will also enjoy a large variety of food choices. Sri Lanka was a very large part of the maritime Silk Road and has many different food influences that make up its dishes. Foods are most often based in rice but have Moorish, Portuguese, English and Dutch influences.

The newly announced free visa program will be in effect for six months. However, it is possible that the program will become permanent if the government sees an increase in tourism.

Adam Luehrs is a contributing writer at based in California. He likes traveling to new and exciting destinations, preferably on his credit card company's dime. When not on the road, Adam enjoys hiking around the mountains of San Diego, trying out new food and reading history books. Email: