Why You Should Go to Sri Lanka Now

After being mostly off limits to travelers for 26 years while a civil war raged between Tamil separatists and the Buddhist Sinhalese government, Sri Lanka has been climbing the lists of tourism hot spots since the war’s end in 2009. There are various reasons: the UNESCO designated archaeological ruins of kingdoms spanning 2000 years, the lush beauty of terraced mountain tea plantations and rice paddies fringed by coconut palms, safaris to see leopards and elephants roaming in dense jungles, beaches and waves that attract surfers from all over the world. Starting last year, a raft of new luxury hotel openings has created an even bigger draw for travelers. And new ones are slated to come on line this year.

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