Now welcoming an era of peace after decades of civil war, Sri Lanka can at long last show off her beauty to travellers and with some of her hidden treasures now once again accessible, the best time to visit is now – before mass tourism really takes off. The capital city of Colombo is where Sri Lanka’s many cultures and influences fuse together and is a real joy to explore, from the colonial architecture to the many markets and gardens. Visit the cultural triangle with its ancient religious monuments dating back thousands of years, climb the rock fortress of Sigiriya, witness the Dutch colonial heritage at Galle, visit the Temple of Tooth, cool down in the tea stations in the hills and, finally, relax on the endless white sand beaches.
If you have travelled in Africa before, please do not expect the same frequency and volume of wildlife. Sri Lanka is, after all, a tropical island... There is also some fantastic whale watching from the Port of Mirissa where you might see dolphins, as well as blue whales and other ocean mammals.
Offering some of the best wildlife viewing in Asia, Sri Lanka is home to Yala National Park, where you can go specifically to track leopards, and Minneriya National Park, where the renowned elephant gathering takes place.Swim with blue whales, see elephant gatherings, and track wild leopards.