Michael Turtle – TIME TRAVEL TURTLE
Sri Lanka has emerged from the end of its 25 year civil war in 2009 as an attractive destination for tourists. Previously it was considered too dangerous by many potential visitors and so tourism infrastructure is not as developed as other nearby countries in Asia. That is changing at a rapid pace at the moment.
For a small island country, Sri Lanka has a lot to offer. The ancient cities of previous cultures, like Sigiriya, make up a majority of the nation’s eight World Heritage Sites but there are also beautiful natural sites that provide special access to animals like elephants and leopards.
The emphasis from tourism providers appears to be on the luxury travellers but Sri Lanka is an easy country for anyone to travel around and is nowhere near as crowded or chaotic as nearby India. The local people are generally proud that foreigners are now visiting in large numbers and, like I found at the Negombo fish market, are friendly and welcoming.