Decided to blog this short New Year trip to India… so why am I in Sri Lanka?
Turns out… you need a VISA for India, even for a holiday. 😩
I found out by reading some small print in a confirmation email the night before – that you’d have to apply for a visa 30 days before travel…. Well, actually it wasn’t small print, it was an attachment you had to fill in and send back, but still.
Frantically looking for a solution, I found an E-Visa service that could get a Visa over by email in 4 days. With my bags already packed I thought I’d better take advantage of this mishap and take a trip somewhere else first. Real shame though as I’d had my heart set on spending New Years in Goa.
I managed to get my flights cancelled and (mostly) refunded and booked to go to Sri Lanka which is right by India, until I get my Visa. Sorted.
I decided to go to the hippy beach party capital (supposedly) of Sri Lanka- Hikkaduwa. Recommended by a few old travel forum threads from 2012… it was all I had to go on.
After spending the day and night walking around and seeing not a lot going on, I started getting a feeling it weren’t the right place. Apart from when a guy come up to me with a snake practically forcing me to hold it, then I had to tip for the pleasure. Bit of excitement there.
I asked a barman about NYE, he said there wasn’t much party – just food and music. By 10pm the bar I was in wasn’t even playing music. There weren’t many people about… and the people that were about were mostly couples, it didn’t have a inviting backpacker vibe for someone traveling alone.
Being as my Visa got accepted early- I’ve decided to get the next flight into Goa and get back on the original plan. I didn’t even spend the night in Hikkaduwa, I managed to check out early with a little bit of a refund.
Another 6 hours traveling on top of the 15 I’ve already done, but I think NYE in Goa will be worth it👍
Take away tips
- Get a visa if your travelling to India
- Use EVisa if you need to fast track your visa- it’s probably going to be a lot quicker than the 4 days they state.
- Sri Lanka probably not great for solo travel