‘Ecotourism star’ Sri Lanka heads the National Geographic list of nine global destinations ‘doing tourism right’


National Geographic‘s sustainable travel expert Costas Christ highlights Sri Lanka as one of nine destinations around the world that are “doing tourism right”.

He writes: “I’ve spent A good chunk of my life traveling the globe and spreading the gospel of sustainable tourism and its commitment to protecting natural and cultural heritage while improving the lives of local people.”

From cities and islands to jungles and deserts, here are nine special places that present opportunities to celebrate travel at its eco-friendliest and finest.


A visit to rising ecotourism star Sri Lanka is kind of like having the best of Africa and Asia all rolled into a single easy-to-get-around island (it’s slightly larger than West Virginia).

Herds of Asian elephants specific to Sri Lanka roam, leopards frequent the southern forests, and rare gray slender lorises—among the smallest primates on Earth—present bucket-list-worthy wildlife-viewing opportunities.

Cultural heritage also reigns supreme here, from ancient Buddhist kingdoms that left behind vast archeological treasures to vibrantly vital Hindu festivals like Kataragama that draw thousands of spiritual devotees each year.

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