Few places in the world offer the diversity of Sri Lanka: dynamic towns full of temples and forts, wildlife-rich jungles, golden beaches, and mist-shrouded forests and tea plantations await. Add to this boutique hotels, luxury beachside resorts, and knockout private villas – the quality of stays here are topped only by the genuine hospitality of the Sri Lankan people.
In the capital city of Colombo, temples, old churches and markets add to the city’s old-world colonial charm. Shop for locally made handicrafts, then relax at the Galle Face Hotel to sip gin and tonic as the sun set over the Laccadive Sea.
The Hill Country is entirely magical, and the train journey along the winding hills is one of the best in the world. Sit in the observation deck of the old, colonial British train as it snakes its way through the rolling countryside and wave at women picking tea leaves as you chug past the tea plantations.
Get your fix of nature on one of Sri Lanka’s National Parks. Yala, Wilpattu, and Uda Walawe National Parks are full of wildlife, and the safaris here will introduce you to elephants, leopards, sloth bears and a myriad of birds.
Experience the dozens of beautiful beaches that line Sri Lanka’s southern coast. Gorgeous luxury villas and hotels dot the coastline, and surfing and whale watching are popular pastimes.
Galle Fort is a UNESCO-protected city full of rambling streets, quirky cafes, sophisticated bars and shopping. Don’t miss the amazing sunsets while perched atop the fort walls.