Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, rolling surf, cheap prices, fun trains, famous tea and flavourful food make Sri Lanka irresistible.
Few places have as many Unesco World Heritage Sites packed into such a small area - Sri Lanka has got 8! Sri Lanka's 2,000-plus years of culture can be discovered at ancient sites where legendary temples boast beautiful details even as they shelter in caves or perch on prominent peaks. More recent are evocative colonial fortresses.
Safari tours of Sri Lanka’s pleasantly relaxed national parks encounter leopards, buffaloes, birds and a passel of primates.
When you’re ready to escape the tropical climate of the coast and lowlands, head for the hills, with their temperate charms. Tea plantations and peaks beckon walkers, trekkers and those who just want to see them from a spectacular train ride. Meditate in a 2,000-year-old temple, exchange smiles while strolling a mellow village, or try to keep count of the little dishes that come with your rice and curry.
And then there are the beaches. Dazzlingly white and often untrodden. They are sandy gems. You can surf and dive world-class sites. And you're always just a short hop from something utterly new. Distances here seem shorter than anywhere else, really!
Sri Lanka is spectacular, affordable and still often uncrowded.