The temples, palaces, forts and local people make Sri Lanka an idyll crammed full of highlights.
From the bustle of Colombo to the other-worldliness of the temples of Anuradhapura, the immense fortress perched high on a rock at Sigiriya and the Royal Palace of Polonnaruwa. The astounding white Temple of the Tooth at Kandy with its lake and Royal Bathing House.
The impassive statues of Buddha, and the enigmatic stupas standing on remote hilltops. The cool mountain slopes and the cascading tiers of tea plantations at Nuwara Eliya. The wildlife of Yala – home to one of the world’s largest populations of wild leopards – and the achingly picturesque Dutch fortress town of Galle.
The highlights of Sri Lanka are virtually innumerable.