Sri Lanka; 2019 destination of the year

2019 is Sri Lanka’s time to shine.

This diverse island in the Indian Ocean has been voted 2019’s number one destination to visit, by Lonely Planet. A feat a long time coming, not for a lack of natural beauty or cultural and historical icons to visit, Sri Lanka has plenty of these. A 26-year civil war ended in 2009 allowing the country time to built infrastructure; new hotels have opened, transport options are improved and there are more activities than ever. Tourism has increased by close to 80% since 2009, and areas once considered too dangerous for tourists have opened again.

Sri Lanka is on the rise, and fast. We’ve been visiting regularly since 2011, and have witnessed these changes happen. Today, for example, the journey from Colombo to Galle is around 2.5 hours on a highway opened in 2014, rather than the 5+ hours it took back in 2011. New hotels are constantly springing up, bringing with them accommodation options to suit different traveller’s tastes, and new tour operators are catering for varied likes and needs.

We hope Sri Lanka will keep its rapid development sustainable, with a long-term vision to ensure this beautiful country stays that way. And we hope that you, as tourists, will keep this in mind too; support local business and investment, say no to plastic, and ensure any tours you take support the wildlife and culture.

If you’re planning to visit but are unsure which part(s) of the country to see, we’ve complied lots of useful information below including - 16 of the country’s most impressive cities, landmarks and monuments, Insider’s Guides to Colombo and Galle, how to spend 24 hours in Colombo, 5* Sri Lankan experiences, Sri Lanka’s south coast with children, pilates retreats, and guides to Sri Lanka’s food and drink.

How about that for some inspiration. Happy planning!

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