An island for everyone
Sri Lanka is a jewel in the Indian Ocean. The island fulfills every wish and it’s just a short hop to the Maledives.
Sri Lanka is the perfect spot for everyone who is looking for variety. In just a few minutes you can drive from the ocean to a tea tasting or to a trip into the rain forest, you can visit Buddhist temples or snake farms. I explored the south of the island and I really love the island and its people. A lot of travelers also book a private driver to explore the island individually. It’s pretty cheap and affordable for everyone. And if you need some days in a postcard paradise, there a cheap flights from Colombo to the Maldives. I recommend to stay a few days there for snorkeling. If you wanna read more about the Maldives: http://www.wanderlustmag.de/2017/01/25/malediven/
Because of the different coasts you can surf here the whole year. The advantage: The water is always warm, no wetsuit needed! There are also waves for every surf level. In the past years a lot of surf camps were founded, most of them are located directly on the beach. A lot of camps also offer yoga classes. My recommendation: http://www.surfcampabay.com
Animals: leopards and elephants
Yala National Park is located in the southeast of the island. With a jeep you can explore the park and its animals. You can watch elephants, crocodiles, bears and a lot of different birds. With a little bit of luck you can see one of the shy leopards. By the way: It’s said that if you can spot an elephant with tusks, you will have a lot of luck in the future. https://www.yalasrilanka.lk
Paradise for tea lovers
Sri Lanka is the home of Ceylon Tea. Because of the former British colonization still today there is a distinct tea culture and the country has wonderful tea plantations. Everywhere you can taste tea and there are tastings with a lot of different kinds: White Tea, Green Tea or diverse types of Black Tea. Black Tea is served with milk and sugar and sometimes seasoned with great Ceylon Cinnamon.