Sri Lanka tops Lonely Planet’s 2019 list

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Prepare yourself for endless beaches, oodles of elephants and awe-inspiring rainforests because Sri Lanka has been named the top destination to travel to in 2019.

Lonely Planet’s coveted annual guide has awarded the island in south Asia first place, while Germany places second and Zimbabwe takes third.

Joe Bindloss, Lonely Planet’s destination editor for Sri Lanka, told HuffPost UK the country is “having a moment”.

“After dark days during the Civil War, Sri Lanka is bouncing back friendlier and more accessible than ever,” he said. “This fascinating island nation has always offered timeless temples, stunning sand and prolific wildlife, but now, with improved tourism infrastructure and transportation, even the north and east of the country are ripe for exploration, opening up areas that were long off-limits to travellers.

“Whether you come to temple-hop, surf the South Coast breaks or just unwind in an Ayurvedic spa, you’ll find a country moving on from the troubles of the past and looking to the future.”

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