Sri Lanka: Destination of the Week

Sun-kissed beaches, tea plantations and hoppers... That's right, it's Sri Lanka week! We'll be posting all week on the best of Sri Lanka, focusing on what to eat, what to do and what not to miss
Young stilt fishermen at Hikkaduwa Beach, Sri Lanka
Young stilt fishermen at Hikkaduwa Beach, Sri Lanka. Photo: paul prescott/Shutterstock

Young stilt fishermen at Hikkaduwa Beach, Sri Lanka. Photo: Paul Prescott / Shutterstock

The lure of golden sands basking in tropical sun entices visitors to Sri Lanka, but this is not all there is on the Indian Ocean island...

A wealth of ancient cities, diverse cultures and varied landscapes await the curious traveller, along with mouth-watering food, accessible wildlife and the warmest of people, keen to welcome visitors to their beautiful country and show off all it has to offer. With the country developing at a rapid pace – new airports, roads and resorts are springing up – there has never been a better time to discover Sri Lanka.

The outline of Sri Lanka on the map has evoked visions of a teardrop falling from the tip of India, a pearl, a pear or a mango. Lying just a few degrees north of the equator in the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean, the island boasts an incredibly diverse range of landscapes, from the sultry tropical beaches, coconut plantations and lowland jungles of the coast to the cool green hill country, with its mist-shrouded mountains, crashing waterfalls and endless tea plantations.

Meanwhile, with tea to sample, crafts to buy, traditional dance to watch and temples to explore, you will never be short of activities in this Indian Ocean gem. What are you waiting for? It's time to take your trip to Sri Lanka with Insight guides. 

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Looking for more information?

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What do you want to do while you're there?  Planning a visit to Sri Lanka

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What not to miss on your trip: 11 essential Sri Lanka experiences