Good bye long airport queues and sky-touching fares!
If Sri Lanka is your next travel destination, then hold on! The neighbouring country is soon going to get connected to India by road. Though India is not as popular as Europe and USA for cross-country road trips, yet things look like changing as the country prepares to construct an estimated Rs 24,000 crore bridge and tunnel to link itself with the island nation of Sri Lanka. Road trip lovers, get prepared for an epic journey that passes through a majestic and astonishing sea bridge and underwater tunnel.
Well, the plan of this massive project was announced by the Indian Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari last week. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) also accepted to be the financial partner of this bridge-building project connecting Rameshwaram to Sri Lanka. The decision is a strong one, which aims to promote connectivity, seamless road transportation and closer regional economic cooperation with South Asian region.
Despite sharing a tumultuous past, India and Sri Lanka are two incredible nations rich in history, culture and natural beauty. Presently, there are only two ways of travelling from India to Sri Lanka – an estimated 1 hour flight from Tamil Nadu or an estimated 3.5 hours ferry ride from Rameshwaram. With the inauguration of this new route, I am sure cross-country road trip is going to fetch you mind-blowing experiences and memories.
In the meantime, find out the top 5 things to do in Sri Lanka:
- Drive your way either by car or cycle through the official colonial retreat of Nuwara Eliya, home to Sri Lanka’s oldest tea estates.
- Make friends with playful Sri Lankan elephants at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. For a unique experience, bottle feed the baby elephants, serve them lunch and watch them bathe.
- Skip the crowd, laze over sunbath, romance under twilight and lose yourself to the bewitching beauty of palm fringed beaches and azure waters of Bentota, Mirissa and Unawatuna.
- Explore Sri Lanka by its timeless colonial trains. The historic route chugs through tea plantations, hidden waterfalls and aromatic spice gardens, as you get to voyage back to the ‘Golden Age of Train Travel’.
- Walk through the well-restored colonial town of Kandy. It is the home to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist pilgrimage centre.
Of curries sweet and spicy, Sri Lanka emerged as a food-lovers paradise too. A trip to this peace-loving island nation begins and ends with its capital, Colombo, a city that holds an irresistible collision of time and culture.
As we wait for the route to be operational soon, you start preparing your checklist for the India-Sri Lanka road trip.