Sri Lanka is an island blessed with diverse national parks, enchanting forests, sacred temples and stunning white sandy beaches.

The ‘Cultural Triangle’, consisting of ancient cities and ruins from the 13th century, is a must-see for any avid traveller.

Sigiriya, the massive Lion Rock located in the heartland, and Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital situated in the east, are both historical evidence of the cultural beauty of the so-called ‘teardrop-shaped island’.

In the south you can stumble on another hidden cultural treasure: the pilgrimage city of Kandy, built around the Temple of the Sacred Tooth.

From that point, take the train and head to the cooler highlands, where you will discover boundless tea estates alongside colonial cottages and vivacious jungles.

Observe rare species such as the sloth bear, leopard and Ceylon elephant in Sri Lanka’s most famous national parks, the Minneriya and Yala.

And don’t miss another real eye-catcher while driving along the coast: the Dutch fortress of Galle.