Previously a budget backpacker mecca, this island nation is now a luxury destination on the rise.
For a country that was at war not so long ago, Sri Lanka has experienced a phenomenal boost in visitor numbers.
I'd be more than happy to fly with SriLankan again.
'The youngest elephant being fed is just two weeks old, and naturally leads to the most oohs and ahhs.'
This is Tamil Sri Lanka, the top of this teardrop-shaped island that has been blighted by war, and off-limits to travellers for so long.
Bringing Sri Lankan gin, gracious service and nifty pod design to the in-flight table.
It may a faded gem, but Galle Fort is a gem nonetheless.
Maniumpathy is magnificent - a fine, rewarding alternative to a stay in a larger hotel.
Mysteriously untouched by tourism, Sri Lanka ticks all boxes on a traveller's checklist. Picture riding ruby-red trains that chug through luminescent-green tea plantations; palm trees jutting over dazzling white beaches while stilt fisherman ply their trade undisturbed from the shallows; magnificent 2000-plus years UNESCO ruins begging exploration, and a singular, spectacular cuisine. Don't think. Just go.