CNN Travel is just the latest to say that “one of the hottest destinations in Asia right now, Sri Lanka continues to make it onto an increasing number of international travelers’ itineraries”.

Danae Mercer writesa that “to make the most of it, you’re going to have to let things go a little bit south”—which she does.

“From untouched beaches to a UNESCO World Heritage site, leopard-spotting safaris to monkey-filled jungles, Sri Lanka’s southern coastline is home to tropical surrounds, colonial digs and a wealth of wildlife.”

Galle Fort

Her top spot is Galle, which has “this wonderful seclusion, this warmth of the people and untouched nature, which makes the region so incredibly charming”.

She notes that the south has developed quickly, with major hotel brands opening their first properties in the country, including the Shangri-La in Hambantota and Anantara in Tangalle.

“Inside the UNESCO World Heritage site of Galle Fort, travelers will find winding cobblestone streets, art galleries, jewelery boutiques, laid-back cafes and colonial architecture that echoes the area’s Portuguese and Dutch past.”

For accommodation, Mercer particular likes the Fort Bazaar, an 18-bedroom renovated townhouse hotel with its “hip cafe and airy courtyard”, and the nearby, stately Amangalla.

Next up Mirissa, “a peaceful golden sand beach more geared towards luxury clientele, not as busy as Unawatuna Beach (about an hour west), which attracts more budget travelers and gets very busy thanks to tourist restaurants, bars and shops”.

Read here full report here.


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