Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, killer surf, fun trains, famous tea, flavourful food – need to go on? You might say Sri Lanka has been hiding in plain sight. Countless scores of travelers have passed overhead on their way to someplace else, but years of war and challenges such as tsunamis have kept Sri Lanka off many itineraries. But now –as you've probably heard– the war is over and Sri Lanka's looking up.
Sri Lanka's attributes are many. Few places have as many Unesco World Heritage Sites (eight) packed into such a small area. Its 2000-plus years of culture can be discovered at ancient sites filled with mystery. Legendary temples boast beautiful details crafted by artisans through the centuries. When you're ready to escape the tropical climate of the coast and lowlands, head for the hills, which are verdant, virescent and virally infectious with allure. Impossibly green tea plantations and rainforested peaks beckon walkers, trekkers or just those who want to see it on a spectacular train ride. And then there are the beaches. Dazzlingly white and all so often untrod, they ring the island so that no matter where you go, you'll be near a sandy gem. Sri Lanka is spectacular, it's affordable and it's still mostly uncrowded. Now is the best time to discover it. Sri Lankans host, with an incredible welcome, visitors from around the world.