One of the hottest destinations in Asia right now, Sri Lanka continues to make it onto an increasing number of international travelers’ itineraries.
But to make the most of it, you’re going to have to let things go a little bit south.
From untouched beaches to a UNESCO World Heritage site, leopard-spotting safaris to monkey-filled jungles, Sri Lanka’s southern coastline is home to tropical surrounds, colonial digs and a wealth of wildlife.
Bear in mind weather varies dramatically throughout the country, with most travel professionals recommending January-March as the best period to visit Sri Lanka’s south.
Here, local guides and experts share their favorite destinations and travel tips.
Why head to Sri Lanka’s south?
Until a few years ago, Sri Lanka’s south made it onto few travelers’ itineraries.