If you are starting to think about where to head next on your travels, I have a great tip for you – choose Sri Lanka.

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1 Go Surf 
If you’re in Sri Lanka during the summer (May-September), Arugam Bay is the place to be. During winter the best waves can be found at Mirissa, Midigama, and Hikkaduwa on the south and southwestern coasts. But no matter what season you come, there´s always a place to surf.

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2 Amazing Beaches 
Surfing comes with beautiful beaches – I think my pictures say it all.   

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3 Most Scenic Train Route in the World There are several train routes in Sri Lanka but the one that runs from Nanu Oya to Ella reveals the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen from a train carriage. The hills and tea plantations are amazing – if possible and if you dare, try to sit in the open door, it’s an experience for life!

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4 Hiking
There are several great opportunities here, most famously at World’s End, Adams Peak and Sigiriya. Above is the amazing view that awaited us after a 10 kilometre hike up in the hills at World’s End.

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5 Beautiful Tea Plantations
Up in the highlands there are tea fields as far as the eye can see. Visit these beautiful areas and try as many delicious cups of Ceylon tea as you like!

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6 People are Friendly  
The tuktuk drivers will always try to get the most out of you – that`s the same everywhere in the world. But I’ve now spent more than 5 weeks in Sri Lanka and I really think that the Sri Lankan people are genuinely friendly and helpful. I haven’t yet met anyone who failed to keep a promise.

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7 SL Suits Everyone’s Budget
Since tourism is still in its middle stage, very cheap hotels, activities and restaurants can be found. On the other hand, the resorts and five star hotels have also found their way to this island, and it simply allows everyone to enjoy this great country.

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8 Interesting Local food  
The Sri Lankan food culture varies from region to region but is deservedly well-known for its tastiness and generosity. Rice and curry is the staple of the land, but with the addition of sambals, dhal, roti, thosa, idly and many more to the table, meals are always feast-like. Those able to handle the heat should head to the spicy north, where the cuisine is more similar to the southern states of India.

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9 Wildlife  
Sri Lanka offers elephants, leopards, turtles, crocodiles and of course, the biggest mammal on the planet in its coastal waters. The east has numerous national parks offering Africa-style safaris.

10 Distance 
The absolutely best thing is that all these things can be done within a relatively short distance and time. And this is probably the main reason for you to pack your bags and book a flight to Colombo now!

See more from my trips to Sri Lanka here