Guess the country that Lonely Planet rated as the top place to visit for 2019?
Sri Lanka is a very fascinating island nation south of India in the Indian Ocean. Its diverse landscapes range from rainforest and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches. According to Lonely Planet end of 2018 “Tourist visits to Sri Lanka have increased dramatically since the end of the 26-year conflict, from 447,890 in 2009 to an all time high of 2.1. million last year”.
There are many fascinating places to see, I unfortunately had a mere three days and thus got only a small glimpse.
Day one we checked out the top sights in Colombo and one Day two we visited Galle which is known for Galle Fort, the fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. After wandering once around the fort walls, we took a break at the Jungle Beach and Unawatuna Beach and enjoyed the warm Indian Ocean.
Day three my travel buddy and I went on a short road trip with friends around Colombo and visited the Pahiyangala Cave where the remains of a 37,000-year-old prehistoric society were discovered in this mammoth cave, one of the largest in Asia. The surroundings are beautiful with jungles, rice fields, waterfalls small towns and temples.
Sri Lanka has deserved Place one on Lonely Planets travel list, I recommend you check it out too!
With Love Stompie!