Visiting Sri Lanka is having a mix of options in one destination. Away from the tourist masses, it is ideal for nature lovers with stunning scenery, animals in natural habitat and extensive beaches. Rich in culture and spirituality, with affable people and remarkable flavours, this is a travel destination that will amaze you.
Begin your journey through the capital - Colombo - where you can visit the Buddhist temple of Gangaramaya, the historic area of Pettah and the trendy Dutch Hospital, a former colonial hospital that now houses several restaurants and shops. Then take the train to Galle where you can photograph one of Sri Lanka's best postcards - the fishermen on stilts -, explore the local Fort (a World Heritage Site by UNESCO) and spend the rest of the day at the magnificent beaches that you will find here. If you visit this destination by the time of spawning turtles, visit Rekawa and do not miss the opportunity to watch this beautiful natural spectacle.
Rent a scooter so you can enjoy the beautiful landscapes and head to Mulkirigala, where you can soak up the sun on Hiriketiya beach - one of the most popular beaches in the world. Head to the city of Kandy, where you can visit the most famous temple in this country: the Temple of the Sacred Tooth (the story goes that when the Portuguese arrived in Sri Lanka, the locals fled inland and hid the Buddha's Tooth in this town) and the quirky Hotel Helga's Folly. If you are a nature lover then you certainly will not want to miss the opportunity to go on a safari in Yala National Park and observe some of the local wildlife. Head to Ella and walk the trail lined by tea plantations that takes you to Little Adam's Peak. Visit Little England, marvel at the magnificent caves of Dambulla and do not miss the spectacular scenery of Sigirya.