Sri Lanka – Lonely Planet’s Cut Price Paradise

The reclining Parinirvana statue of Buddha, Gal viharaya, Polonnauwa . AD 1153-86. Photograph©Chulie de Silva

The reclining Parinirvana statue of Buddha, Gal viharaya, Polonnauwa . AD 1153-86. Photograph©Chulie de Silva

The Lonely Planet — the traveller’s bible has given Sri Lanka the number 1 placing as the best travel destination stating it’s best for culture, off the beaten track and is the best value for money.

Coral shores and  warm blue seas at Hikkaduwa. Photograph©Chulie de Silva

Coral shores and warm blue seas at Hikkaduwa. Photograph©Chulie de Silva

Off the beaten track, the scenic beauty of the country is breathtaking. Photograph©Chulie de Silva

Off the beaten track, the scenic beauty of the country is breathtaking. Photograph©Chulie de Silva

Small traders do brisk business -- Hiruni Silk Palace, Hikkaduwa. Photograph©Chulie de Silva

Small traders do brisk business — Hiruni Silk Palace, Hikkaduwa. Photograph©Chulie de Silva

“… investment is fuelling the tourism industry, and visitor numbers are steadily increasing. Prices are affordable, and with low-cost flights from the convenient travel hub of Bangkok, Sri Lanka is emerging as one of the planet’s best-value destinations.

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