Don't let it's small size fool you, Sri Lanka has a whole lot to offer packed, it all just happens to come packaged in a tiny little package bursting forth with exotic surprises.
Located southeast of India in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is an island country, it is an interesting mix of cultures set on a backdrop that is a curious combination of colonial era and modern day Sri Lanka.
Temperatures can sizzle in the high 30s in the summer while evening temperatures drop into the tens. Monsoon winds often occur around the country as well. These winds tend to bring some tropical cyclones around during the summer season and particularly add to the already high humidity that people experience in Sri Lanka each year. In fact, the vast bodies of water all around the country have made it so hydroelectric power is the most prominent source of power in the country.
Colombo is Sri Lanka's capital and it is here that the bulk of the population lives and where culture thrives. To walk through Colombo is to walk through decades of history. You can check out British creations like the Cargills & Millers Building as well as Independence Hall. A further stroll will take you to the World Trade Center towers and sprinkled among all of this are gorgeous mosques, temples and churches paying allegiance to Sri Lanka's various cultures and religions. The city is also home to a very large harbour that is critical to trade and is also a favourite spot for locals and tourists to take in some sun.
Sitting outside of Colombo are some wonderful parks as well as animal refuges such as the Pinnawala Elephant Refuge where orphaned or sick elephants are taken in and nursed back to health. You can take a day trip and help the staff while getting up and close with these lovely creatures.
The rest of the little country has all sorts of mysteries to offer including small cities with even older temples. One of the most important temples in the Buddhist faith sits in Kandy. The Temple of the Tooth is a particularly revered site and you will see followers of the faith making their pilgrimages there.
One other thing you will note while out and about exploring the countryside is the amount of cricket fields - there are tons and you can definitely take in a game or perhaps convince one of the locals to allow you to partake. Strangely enough however, although watching and playing cricket in Sri Lanka is an uber popular pastime, volleyball is officially the country's national sport.
Sri Lanka Airlines
Airlines servicing the route include Singapore Airlines, Qantas Airways and KLM.
Australia to Sri Lanka
Popular stopovers include Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Guangzhou.
More information at the Sri Lanka Holidays guide.