Sun-streaked beaches, picture-perfect natural scenery and an up-and-coming capital city – Sri Lanka holidays tick all of these boxes and more.
Sri Lanka’s nicknamed the teardrop island because of its shape. And this moniker makes even more sense when you catch a glimpse of the country’s eye-watering natural beauty. Sugar-like sands looking out over the Indian Ocean, animal-loaded jungles and a tea-plantation-filled countryside are all on Sri Lanka’s list of ingredients. So expect gawp-worthy views at every turn.
Just like the country’s natural assets, its capital city’s also a kaleidoscope of colour. Its old quarter, which boasts a 17th-century Portuguese fort and a 29-metre-tall clock tower, sits in sight of a soaring skyline. State-of-the-art hotels, presidential palaces and high-end eateries are all neatly lined up along the coast. Hop in a tuk tuk and take them all in during a guided tour.
Perfect for culture vultures
When it comes to sightseeing, Sri Lanka doesn’t pull any punches. Take a coach trip into the countryside, and you can see the country’s famous tea plantations in action during a tour and tasting session. Then lace up your walking boots for a wander around the nearby villages. Their gold-topped Buddhist temples are worthy of a photo stop.