Sri Lanka was voted the number 1 place to visit in 2019 and I can see why. Having just returned from a family holiday, it was nice to go ahead of the curve.
With a very pleasant tropical climate and distinct seasons dividing the two sides of the island nation, December in the southwest is dry season. Sri Lanka has an amazing variety of landscapes and climates; from the coconut palm lined beaches to the temperate high country in the middle, with fauna and flora changing dramatically as you go up into the mountains. Historical sites to visit include Galle Fort, Nuwara Eliya and Kandy, as well as the numerous Buddhist temples throughout.
Despite some political unrest in Colombo, the people are extremely welcoming and friendly and the food is fantastic. We managed to surf, explore on scooters (avoiding the crazy local bus), climb mountains, visit tea plantations, see elephants and monkeys and cross the country on a very scenic old British railway line.
From a health point of view, food and water hygiene is paramount. Mosquitoes are everywhere except in the high mountains and being a Buddhist nation, dogs are everywhere, so rabies remains a risk. Apart from some mild gastro, a chest infection and some coral cuts, we remained pretty well. The country seems to have good medical care throughout and public health is very important which is why it has been declared malaria free.
Loved Sri Lanka and will definitely visit again.
Dr David Rutherford