Some of the best written and most informative posts featuring Sri Lanka come to us courtesy of French photographer Gilles Barbier in his travel blog Grand Escapades.

Packed with useful information and a pleasure to read, his Travel Guide To Sri Lanka reports that “with only 10 days in Sri Lanka, we had to make some bitter choices, as this is not nearly enough for a country that would ideally require 3 weeks or more.

“We spent 5 days on the Northern Cultural Triangle (Anuradhapura, Mihintale, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya & Dambulla), which was the bare minimum to be able to somehow discover those places.

“Then followed 3 days to get a glimpse of the Highlands and the Tea Plantations (Kandy, Nuwera Eliya & Ella). Last but not least, we headed south for one and a half day rest on the beach in Mirissa and to discover Galle.”

He adds that Sri Lanka “is probably the easiest destination to travel in Asia we have experienced so far, with distances short and roads in (very) good condition”.

Friendly and helpful

There is a wide choice of accommodation, from basic hostels / guesthouses to luxury boutique hotels; means of transport range from public buses to relatively affordable chartered taxis; trains offer a different perspective on the country…

People are extremely friendly and helpful, and the country is extremely clean and hygiene is excellent, much better than most places in Asia, and offers a large number and a great variety of highlights, including:

  • Unique cultural sites (several listed as UNESCO World Heritages);
  • Beautiful landscapes (stunning beaches, breathtaking highlands and tea plantations…)
  • A rich and diverse wildlife, in National Park and for scuba divers;
  • And last but not least: friendly & relaxed people, eager to help you discovering their country in the best conditions.

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