Meet Sri Lanka: Lonely Planet’s Top Country in 2019

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Sri Lanka will seduce you with extraordinary experiences.

The word is out: Sri Lanka is Lonely Planet‘s Top Country to visit in 2019 in the guide’s annual tally. I personally wonder why it has taken it so long for Sri Lanka to be acknowledged as a top destination to visit. Despite its proximity to the remarkable and explosive Republic of India, which, somehow, has gotten all the attention and interest throughout the decades, Sri Lanka is capable enough to provide travelers with extraordinary and unique experiences in a considerably small territory in a surprisingly short period of time. Whether you’re up for surfing in the Bay of Bengal, taking part in cultural festivities in Kandy, visiting an elephant orphanage in Pinnawala, time-warping to the ancient city of Sigiriya, or going on a safari in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka promises to seduce you with all its got hiding under its sleeves.

Without further due, here’s why Sri Lanka should also be in your Top Countries to visit in 2019.

 

Sri Lanka’s culture at its best

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Breathtaking sunsets

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Iconic Sri Lankan stilt fishing

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Ancient City of Sigiriya

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Local markets and friendly locals

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Heartwarming eyes of Sri Lankan people

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Eagle flying above Yala National Park

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Traditional dance in Kandy

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Colonial Galle Fort

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Sri Lankan family

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Interacting with this gorgeous Sri Lankan family

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Sri Lanka’s astonishing fauna

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Flower offering at a temple

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Eyes of wisdom

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Sri Lanka’s lush green jungles

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Yala National Park’s coast

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A young monk in Sri Lanka

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Colors and tradition decorate Sri Lanka

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Elephant spotting in Yala National Park

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Sri Lanka’s virgin coast

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Ceylon Tea fields

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