Sri Lanka overwhelms the senses. The air is heavy with the scent of jasmine, the food richly spiced and the landscape one of utter beauty; the radiant green rice paddies, forests of swaying palm trees and mountains puckered in tea plantations are utterly bewitching, Lonely Planet author Stuart Butler said.
But for many people Sri Lanka can be summed up in two simple words: the beach.
"No matter what kind of beach bum you want to be, youíll find a patch of palm-backed perfection here. You can book in for pampering at one of the islandís chic boutique beachside hotels, dive across glowing coral reefs, learn to surf on gentle sandbars, or merely toddle off to find your own little undiscovered corner of paradise.
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