20 September, 2017
From the palm-fringed south coast and its yellow-tinted beaches to the surf-battered points of Arugam Bay, the high bluffs off ancient Sigiriya to the masala-scented food chowks of Colombo, this enthralling isle in the Indian Ocean continues to draw all sorts of travelers. Cheap flights to Sri Lanka from Australia are available from major cities like Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. The route takes just under 11 hours when flying nonstop, which means you can be tasting spicy fish curries, unravelling the mysteries of age-old Buddhist kingdoms, and spying out wild Asian elephant herds in no time at all.
Sri Lanka's answer to Bondi, Arugam Bay is a surfer's paradise. It's in season between July and August, when rolling barrels caress its coconut-strewn shores.
Buddhist monasteries and 1,500-year-old royal palaces crown a colossal bluff in the heart of Sri Lanka at unmissable Sigiriya.
Deep in the Horton Plains National Park, a 4,000-foot cliff known as World's End offers sweeping views of tea plantations and swirling clouds.