It might be one of the world’s less connected countries, but Sri Lanka has a lot to offer travellers. The country is rich in history and natural beauty, with many well-preserved ruins and sun-scorched beaches to visit. It’s also a dream destination for animal lovers, providing opportunities to feed elephants, swim with dolphins and buddy-up with monkeys.
Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of green forests, cascading waterfalls and towering mountains. It’s packed with diverse flora and fauna and is home to several endangered species. Keep your eyes peeled for the enigmatic Sri Lankan leopard!
From lush landscapes to rocky ravines, a flight to Turkmenistan after your trip will bring you face to face with the permanently belching flames of the Darvaza crater, also known as the ‘Door to Hell.’ What a contrast!
Once off-limits due to war, Uppuveli Beach is slowly being rediscovered as a place to unwind. It’s still relatively quiet, but boasts golden sand, fresh seafood and tropical palm trees. On a good day, you can even go on a whale-watching trip.
Soak up some Sri Lankan history (and sun) in this 1000-year-old city, packed with ancient temples, royal buildings and religious monuments. You’ll also find gigantic statues, including a 14-metre-long reclining Buddha.
Sigiriya is one of Sri Lanka’s greatest historic attractions, a 200-metre-tall rock carved with the gigantic paws of a lion. A hike to the top guarantees amazing views, and you’ll also see stunning paintings on the cave walls. Pop fans might recognise Sigiriya – it was featured in Duran Duran’s ‘Save a Prayer’ music video.