Are you ready to pack your bags and head for that much-awaited vacation? And, are you on a budget this time? Don’t worry, you have a neighbor awaiting your visit right across that narrow strait down south. Yes, make Sri Lanka your destination this year!

Sri Lanka is an island that is captivating both by its name – it means Land of Splendour – and by what it actually offers to the visitor. From beautiful beaches to charming tea plantations on cool hilltops, from towns that are a melting pot of European and Asian cultures to wildlife and wellness, from vibrant markets to rustic villages, this amazing country has diverse offerings that will take you by surprise.

When you land in Colombo, you will love its busy streets, vibrant markets and cosmopolitan dining scene. The architecture of the city is a cool mix of Arab, Portugese, Dutch and British influences.  From Colombo you can travel to Kandy, the last capital of the ancient kings of Sri Lanka. While being the second largest city in Sri Lanka it is also famous for its immense beauty and is named as one of the seven UNESCO declared World Heritage sites in the country. Take a city tour of Kandy and you will visit the Temple of Tooth Relic known to the Sri Lankans as DaladaMaligawa. Don’t miss thePeradeniya Botanical Gardens which is a paradise for nature lovers. The gardens have over 300 different varieties of orchids, other spices, medicinal plants and Palm trees. Every year more than 1.2 million people are enchanted by the beauty of these 147-acre flower gardens. And if you are a romantic at heart, take a boat Ride in Kandy Lake.

From Kandy travel to NuwaraEliya by car. The summer resort of NuwaraEliya (it stands at over 1,800m and has a mean annual temperature of 16 degrees Celcius) brings to mind the early 19th century colonial hill stations with its tea plantations, rose gardens and red-roofed bungalows. NuwaraEliya is the prime tea growing district of Sri Lanka. You will find here charming country clubs, golf courses, lakes and parks and will fall in love with the sights and sounds as you meet plantation workers on your tea trails, vegetable vendors in their modest stalls and enjoy a village-style rice and curry cooked fresh at the private bungalows just for you. Spend two nights here and tour the tea factories, the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, the Horton Plains and World’s End.

Your final stop is Bentota, city of the Golden Beaches. You will be able to relax and feel the spirit of the sea and the warmth of the soft sand. Spend the day swimming in cool waters and relaxing on the beach. Bentota provides the perfect turf for unfurled vacation at the beach. While enjoying the sun, sea and sand, the beach lovers can try their hands at various water sports.