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French Tourists in Sri Lanka

French Tourists in Sri Lanka.

French Tourists in Sri Lanka.

What our French guests say about their stay at GlenMyu Estate when on holiday in Sri Lanka.

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Here are some Booking.com reviews from our French guests.

Glen Myu est un endroit exceptionnel. La propriété de 5 acres est superbe, cultivée en agro foresterie. La vue depuis les chambres où la salle a manger est époustouflante. Les repas préparés par Ru, la propriétaire et son équipe sont succulents comme peut l’être la cuisine sri lankaise. 

Etienne – January 2024

Comme la cuisine nous interessait, Ru nous a convié le lendemain à participer à la préparation du dîner et c’était passionnant. Dans cet ensemble paradisiaque, il y a une superbe piscine alimentée par une source.

Mike et Ru sont aux petits soins pour leurs hôtes, ils nous ont organisés une superbe excursion à Horton plains avec un panier petit déjeuner et nous ont beaucoup aidé pour organiser notre voyage en transport en commun jusqu’au Pic d’Adam.
Rien. Le seul regret n’être resté que 2 jours.

Thomas stayed with us in 2023

Thomas – April 2023

Malgré être un voyageur très régulier, je prends très rarement le temps de déposer un commentaire sur Booking… mais Glen Myu Estate est un lieu exceptionnel, qui mérite largement de changer cette mauvaise habitude !

 Afin d’illustrer ce séjour, je vais commencer par une anecdote : le jour de notre arrivé, après avoir pris le train entre Kandy et Haputale, nous avons décidé de nous arrêter manger dans un des restaurants bien connu du centre-ville, avant de rejoindre le Glen Myu Estate. Le repas était bon… pourtant cela s’est transformé en un des grands regrets de notre voyage, une fois que nous avons eu l’opportunité de gouter à un magnifique dessert préparé par Ruwanthi au Glen Myu Estate.

Un repas à l’extérieur, c’était un repas au Glen Myu en moins, et vous l’aurez compris, la nourriture est exceptionnelle, avec des produits directement cultivés dans le jardin. Nous avons largement rattrapé cette erreur les jours suivants. 

 Pour le reste, tout était également parfait, la maison est magnifique, le jardin est magnifique… et Ruwanthi et Michael de superbes hôtes, extrêmement aidant et chaleureux ! Merci !

Our guests that stayed in 2022

Superbe maison. De belles rencontres avec des hotes très sympathiques et impliqués dans la vie de la communauté environnante. L’ambiance très convivial et assez intimiste (seulement 3 chambres) permet également de rencontrer et d’échanger avec d’autres voyageurs. 

Leo – March 2022

Des dîners et petits déjeuners absolument délicieux (à des tarifs corrects), fait à partir de nombreux produits de leur grand jardin. Des chambres grandes avec des lits très confortables. Maison située au calme à 15min d’Haputale, avec une belle piscine dans un grand domaine. De nombreux tuktuk pourront vous y conduire depuis la gare (~1000Roupees), et les zones d’activités nécessitent dans tous les cas un véhicule.

Camille – March 2022

Une parenthèse enchantée pendant notre séjour Sri Lankais. Michael et Ruwanthi nous ont accueilli dans leur magnifique maison où nous avons passé un merveilleux séjour. > L’emplacement est top : au milieu de la végétation, avec une vue imprenable sur les montagnes, magnifique piscine, et chose incroyable : une cascade en bas du jardin où il est possible de se baigner ! La maison est très agréable et décorée avec beaucoup de goût. > La nourriture est un délice. Du petit-déjeuner au dîner, de l’entrée au dessert, les plats sont fait maison et on en salive encore (gros coup de coeur pour le monkey bread et le bol du matin !) 

 On se sent comme à la maison, Michael et Ruwanthi font tout pour rendre notre séjour agréable. Bref, un bon bol d’oxygène entre 2 attractions touristiques.

Ruwanthi est une cuisinière hors pair. Elle a développé un super jardin potager qu’elle nous a fait découvrir. > L’accueil est parfait.

Un charmant couple de français rencontrés sur une plage du sud nous a recommandé Glen Myu. Les recommandations et les photos sont encore en deçà de la réalité. Il y a tellement de choses formidables à dire sur cet établissement : A l’arrivée, quelle belle maison, quel architecture ! Les vues sont extraordinaires ! Michael et Ruwanthee sont toujours à votre disposition. 

Pascal – March 2022

L’impression d’être comme à la maison dans un cadre idyllique. La visite du jardin par Michael est inoubliable. Très belle piscine ! Bref, à faire, refaire et re re faire !!!

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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Which Nationalities visit Sri Lanka the most?

Which Nationalities visit Sri Lanka the most?

Tourists visit Sri Lanka from all parts of the world to explore the fascinating variety of sights, activities and culture the country has to offer. The Island has years if experience welcoming guests from all different parts of the Worlds. It’s interesting to know which Nationalities visit Sri Lanka the most so you know what other tourists you may meet in the country.

Sri Lanka Tourist Statistics

The Sri Lanka Tourist Development Authority issues annual, monthly and weekly statistics which breakdown the numbers of arrivals and country of origin.
There is comparison figures, month to month and year to year, however you must take into account that there have been external and internal factors that have affected tourist arrivals.

The global pandemic effectively closed the country to tourists and it took some months before Sri Lanka was off the red list for travel. There was also a lag before a more normal number of flights started arriving on the Island. In our experience flights really only started bringing a number of tourists in November 2021. 

There was also effectively a halt in tourist numbers arriving in the country from late April 2022 until effectively November 2022 due to the government protests. The protests took place between 31 March and July 2022 as a result of the price of basic goods rising and food and fuel shortages.

Foreign Office warnings against travelling to Sri Lanka started to be lifted in August 2022 forward as the country started to settle down again after a change in government.

Flights from Russia started in September 2022 and other carriers followed in the latter part of the year. Tourist numbers increased to around 100,000 per month in early 2023 and it is hoped that arrivals will continue to move upward. The target tourist numbers for 2023 for Sri Lanka is 2 million and therefore the industry still has a way to go to achieve this goal.

Sri Lanka’s tourist numbers peaked at just over 2.5 million in 2018 according to the World Bank. Clearly the country has a long way to go to reach those numbers again.

Where do the tourists come from?

Visitors from the Russian Federation and India make up the highest number of visitors to Sri Lanka according to the official statistics. 

This article from Outlook India states that in December 2022 there 19,000 from Russian and 17,000 from India. 

The UK, Australia and Germany follow in passenger numbers. We, at GlenMyu Estate, see a lot of French, Swiss, Austrian and Scandinavian tourists coming to the Sri Lankan Hill Country to visit some of the sights including Ella, Nine Arch Bridge, Horton Plains National Park, Lipton Seat and Diyaluma Waterfall.

What countries is Sri Lanka targeting for tourists?

UK, Germany, France, India, China, Australia, Russia, the Middle East, and Scandinavia
During April and May 2023 the Tourist Development authority in Sri Lanka were targeting nine key markets.
If your country is not in that list please do not be offended. We at GlenMyu Estate have welcomed guests from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Poland, Ecuador, Kenya, the US and many more.

What Visa do I need to visit Sri Lanka?

Well, you will need a visa to visit Sri Lanka.

As Tourist Visas have changed over the last few years, in Sri Lanka’s attempt to increase tourism, we would recommend that you visit the Government Visa Website to get the most up to date information.

As a tourist you can visit the country for the following activities:

  • Sightseeing, holidaying
  • Visiting friends and relatives
  • Medical treatment including Ayurvedic and yoga
  • Participate in sporting events, competitions and activities relating to cultural performance

The most efficient way to apply for a visa is online via an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation)

There are three types of ETA:

  • ETA for Tourist purpose with double entry for 30 (thirty) days
  • ETA for Business purpose with double entry for 30 (thirty) days
  • ETA for Transit up to 02 days Free of Charge basis (Documentary proof needed)

At present, there are Tourist Visas which cost between US$20 and US$50, depending upon length of visa and country of origin. Visa duration is up to 30 days or up to 180 days.

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Countries visa cost is cheaper due to the special agreement between those countries.

 
If you are staying longer than 30 days then you should opt for the longer up to 180 days which costs US$50. 

Visit the link for extending your visa for more than 30 days here.

What time of year should I visit Sri Lanka?

Similar to other parts of the world climate change appear to be affecting the weather patterns in Sri Lanka.

Therefore it is more difficult to know when the rains will come.

Know when the Monsoons come.

Beware the South West Monsoon…. oh… and also the North West Monsoon

Tourists visiting Sri Lanka should be aware of the annual monsoons that hit the country.

Make sure you check this before you decide what part of the Island to visit.

The North Eastern Monsoon

December to February
Rainy season in the dry zone
Regular showers in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee or Jaffna
This is an ideal time to visit the south and western beaches
It is also the best time to visit Colombo, Kandy, Galle or Nuwara Eliya
Whale watching season at Mirissa
You can experience the amazing wildlife in Udawalawe or Yala National Park
Horton Plains National Park and Knuckles Mountain range
Pilgrimage season of holy Adam’s Peak

The South Western Monsoon
May – September
There are intermittent rains in the wet zone
Also regular showers in Colombo, Kandy, Galle, or Nuwara Eliya
This is the best time to visit Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya or Dambulla
It is also an ideal to visit north and eastern beaches
It’s the best time of the year to visit Trincomalee, Jaffna, Mannar, Arugam Bay
During August-September there is the elephant gathering at Minneriya and Kaudulla.

Sri Lanka is an all year round destination.

Sri Lanka is a year-round holiday destination. This is due to its combination of weather systems ensuring that one or several regions, as well as a section of coastline, is statistically always expecting sunshine.

The peak season to visit Sri Lanka is between December and mid-April. The traditional summer holiday months are also favourable on the east coast which is at its peak from May to September.

In summary, please check the weather forecast for the part of the country you plan to visit and don’t discount visiting outside the peak season. Nowadays, tourists are looking for places to visit which are not overpopulated and they can see something without battling other people trying to get those Instagram shots.

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