The total number of tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka went up 46.1 to 654,476 in 2010 while the figure was only 447,890 in 2009, according to the latest figures released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority.
The highest number of tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka in 2010 was from India which was 126,882.
The number of tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka went up 48.8% to 84,627 in the month of December 2010, compared to December 2009 which was only 56,862, according to the figures.
Figures showed an increase in the number of arrivals from Western Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Middle East and North America as well.
Tourists from Western Europe, the traditional tourist generating market, rose 54.6 percent to 30,855 in December 2010. The number of visitors from the UK went up 16.6 percent to 10,176, those from France up 74.0 percent to 3,190 and from Germany up 23.6 percent to 4,468.
South Asian visitors rose to 50.5 percent to 23,087 in December 2010 with tourists from India up by 51.2 percent to 15,753, from Maldives up 44.5 percent to 5,670 and from Pakistan up 66.6 percent to 1,208.
Arrivals from Australasia went up 34.8 percent to 8,326 and from East Asia up by 41.9 percent to 8,411. Japanese visitors increased 28.5 percent to 1,467, visitors from Malaysia rose 17.1 percent to 1,513. Visitors from Singapore rose 43.8 percent to 2,109.
Tourist arrivals in the country increased sharply from May 2009 after the restoration of peace.