If golden beaches, magical mountain vistas, rich wildlife, and exotic cuisine sound like paradise, Sri Lanka might just be the place to steal your heart! Nature lovers will delight in the lush landscapes of tea plantations, nature trails, caves, and lakes, while history buffs can explore a myriad of age-old cultural heritage sites, including 300 year old Galle Fort, one of Sri Lanka’s seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Bring your camera because there’s plenty to ‘gram from wild elephants and ancient temples to whale watching to vibrant tropical fruit.
When to go: Monsoons affect Sri Lanka’s South/West and North/East areas at different times of the year, so plan accordingly. For beach lovers, head South/West to Galle, Colombo, or Weligama from late November to April for sunny weather with a light breeze. If you’re keen to experience Sri Lanka’s “cultural triangle” (Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya and Dambulla) in the North/East, plan your trip for sometime between May and September, when it’s warm and dry.
Where to stay: Relax in southern Sri Lanka’s most luxe beachfront resort, Cape Weligama, or travel through time at Galle Fort Hotel. You can also enjoy a peaceful retreat at Ceylon Tea Trails, a colonial-era working tea estate nestled 4000 feet above sea level in central Sri Lanka.