Magnificent, verdant and often overlooked, Sri Lanka takes shelter just to the South-East of India and its relationship with its neighbours in Tamil Nadu is well documented.
For some time now the country has experienced peace and signs of prosperity yet tourists are still reluctant to visit. Quite why is beyond the comprehension of those who do.
Exquisite cuisine created from the very freshest produce welcomes the visitor alongside an easy sincerity and a warm smile. Far from basic, the accommodation on offer also represents extraordinary value for money and is delivered with real imagination and panache.
Few countries offer such a diverse range of landscape which can be explored during a single trip with relative ease. Utopian beaches overlooking the traditional stilt fisherman, gloriously green hillsides swathed in tea plantations, misty rainforests and national parks rich in wildlife provide such variety it’s hard to choose where to spend your time.
All myriad of historical sites including ancient capitals and religious temples can be found in the north alongside working paddy fields. Further south Ceylon’s colonial legacy is evident, particularly throughout the hill country, where the English town of Nuwara Eliya still boasts a red post box. Along the south coast, beautiful villas lead to wild beaches, while inland welcoming villages and their inhabitants look forward to inviting visitors to their homes but more importantly a game of cricket!
Sri Lanka really is one of the most surprising destinations and comes extremely highly recommended.