Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, fun trains, famous tea...Sri Lanka's attributes are many. Few places have as many Unesco World Heritage Sites (eight) packed into such a small area.
Its 2000-plus years of culture can be discovered at ancient sites filled with mystery. Legendary temples boast beautiful details crafted by artisans through the centuries. When you're ready to escape the tropical climate of the coast and lowlands, head for the hills, which are verdant, virescent and virally infectious with allure. Impossibly green tea plantations and rainforested peaks beckon walkers, trekkers or just those who want to see it on a spectacular train ride. Sri Lankans host, with an incredible welcome, visitors from around the world.