Sri Lanka elephants by Gloria De Luca
“On the rebound from a quarter-century of civil war and the 2004 tsunami, Sri Lanka is coming into its own as an adventure destination,” writes Peter Koch in the article. “People have long been drawn here for the rich culture: Sri Lanka has eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the fifth-century city of Sigiriya. Now they’re discovering the incredible wildlife, including some of the world’s best whale-watching.”
Pole fishermen by Gloria De Luca
If you want to explore Sri Lanka this year, consider joining John Guy, Florence and Herbert Irving Curator of the Arts of South and Southeast Asia at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in November for “Tracing Ancient Buddhism”. Travelers on this Met Adventures program will visit Sri Lanka’s modern capital of Colombo, then travel to other parts of this magical island nation to discover magnificent temples and timeless ruins.
Highlights in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle include the former capital of Polonnaruwa, the extraordinary site of Sigiriya, and the well-preserved Dambulla cave temples. Travelers will also visit Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to see the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. In vibrant Galle, they will stroll through the 17th-century Dutch fort with a local historian, author, and photographer.
Sri Lanka tea country by Gloria De Luca
For additional information about traveling in Sri Lanka, read our blog post “Top Tips for Visiting Sri Lanka.”
Other picks on T&L‘s list of adventure destinations include Patagonia, Iceland, and Bhutan.