If Sri Lanka isn’t already on your bucket list then you might want to make it a last minute add-on because non-stop flights to the 2017 hotspot are on sale right now from $495.

The cheap-as-chips prices were announced today as special launch fares for Sri Lankan Airlines’ forthcoming Melbourne-Colombo operations.

The new service was announced earlier this year with a projected launch date of 30 October this year. Flights will operate four times weekly on the carrier’s Airbus A330.

To celebrate, SriLankan Airlines is offering travellers the chance to be among the first to fly on the first non-stop services between Melbourne and Colombo from just $495 (excluding taxes).

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Sale starts today and ends 30 June. It also includes Business Class fares from AU$3,158 (excluding taxes).

Travellers will need to be open to travelling between 30 October and 30 November 2017.

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Once in Sri Lanka, holidaymakers can indulge in local tastes, take a tuk-tuk ride to thousands of beautiful beaches and see wild elephants in national parks.

The country is also famous for its eco-friendly attitude and sustainable tourism as well as its friendly locals.

Click here for more reasons to book a trip to Sri Lanka.

So, has Sri Lanka found its way onto you bucketlist?