Ancient buildings over water, ornamental bridges – there are good reasons this beautiful city has been dubbed the Venice of the East.
When manta rays gather to feast on plankton, it's also a treat for snorkellers who can frolic in an underwater playground alongside these gracious creatures.
We cycle past open-air butchers' shops where skinny men in ragged dhotis are hacking up bloody carcasses.
Look at your plate as a painter's palate, Kuruvita advises. 'Take a little bit of everything and mix it together.'
Honestly, it's stupidly, madly, insanely paradisaical, this place.
Travellers can still find middle-of-the-road affordability in this super friendly country.
An innovative oasis of Japanese calm and the perfect counterpoint to the hustle of Colombo.
Colossal in size, it's one of India's most important mosques and a must-visit while in Delhi.