You might say Sri Lanka has been hiding. Countless travellers have passed overhead on their way to someplace else, but years of war and natural disasters such as tsunamis have kept Sri Lanka off many itineraries. But now – as you’ve probably heard – the war is over and Sri Lanka’s looking up. That’s what I needed to pick it as my next destination. Only 10 days surely are not enough for this country but unfortunately Rochelle and I only had so little time. So Sri Lanka in a glance, for overlanddiaries this time.

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. When you’re ready to escape the tropical climate of the coast and lowlands, head for the hills. We had to rush through but thanks to our driver (No self driving here, too much corruption will make your cross a nightmare) we managed to get a good taste.

Green tea plantations and rainforest peaks can keep trekkers busy. Those who want to see it in a more comfortable way, there’s the option of a spectacular train ride. And then there are the beaches. Dazzlingly white and all so often unspoiled by crowds, they ring the island so that no matter where you go, you’ll be near a sandy gateway.

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