As Sri Lanka leaves its civil war-torn past behind, tourists are flocking to see its lush jungles, pristine beaches and famous elephants. Let’s just hope it stays this way, says Chris Beanland.
Cracks of thunder slice through the air, but the previous day the sun had turned the landscape citrus bright. It’s just one of many contradictions that define Sri Lanka – some of them delicious, some less so.
The Sri Lanka that excites visitors has been here for a very long time – the beaches, the lush vegetation, the elephants – but today the country is proving more irresistible than ever. Tourist numbers are surging. The place has never been more peaceful. The civil war between the government and the Tamil Tigers ended in 2009 and a spirit of rapprochement seems to be in the air – despite almost 30 years of hostility, he wrote in Gulfnews.com.
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