The country is full of adventure, history and culture, and during my 10 days in Sri Lanka, we visited cities, off the beaten path locations and of course some of the classic tourist spots.
My trip's highlights were watching wild elephants at Minneriya National Park, watching the sunrise at Sigirya Rock, and spending time with local families in the mountains of The Knuckles.
Sri Lanka is an easy country to travel around and there are lots of options, including train, car, tuk-tuk, taxi, bus and more.
Colombo has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British.
We got into an open-top jeep and began cruising through the national park, and we also spotted some other animals during the trip including peacocks, antelope and several monkeys.
The rock, which is a natural phenomenon is a massive 250 m square rock and is also now a recognised as one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage sights.
It is in the middle of nowhere so be prepared for a long drive early morning before arriving in the Matale, Knuckles and Riverston area.