Known as the 'Pearl of the Indian Ocean' Sri Lanka is a beautiful island with an interesting past. Now with the 'Tiger Story' over, the island country can look forward to some peace and rebuilding.
The island is rich in fauna and flora. The rich green look with heavy and humid air makes for quite a heady combination and the climate does take a bit of time to get used to. Elephant processions are a true mix of both traditional and local, newer customs. The island has many festivals during which you will be able to enjoy Kandyan dances.
Sri Lanka's coastline is beautiful with many locations where you can rest under palm trees with a cool drink, or if you prefer you can enjoy water sports. If the beaches are not for you then head for the hills. Yes they may not be the Himalayas but they are lush rolling green hillsides flush with tea bushes.