Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
The quintessential tropical island paradise.
Sri Lanka has recently been named the best country in the world to visit by Lonely Planet. Better transport links, new hotels and a growing number of activities were cited as the reason the south-Asian island was chosen for the top spot. Already notable to intrepid travellers for its mix of religions and cultures, its timeless temples, its rich and accessible wildlife, its growing surf scene and its hospitable people.
Unmissable experiences include wildlife, such as the 300-strong elephant gathering at Minneriya national park, thousand-year old Buddhist monuments, hiking and train travel through the Hill Country’s tea plantations and most definitely the local food.