2009 has been a important year for Sri Lanka with the declaration of peace allowing the country’s many historic, natural and cultural marvels to take centre stage.

The improved safety and security situation have opened up the areas of Yala National Park which boasts a variety of wildlife including the highest density of wild leopards worldwide, Arugam Bay – a world renowned surfing mecca, and much of the east coast including the historic port of Trincomalee – an up and coming place to wreck dive. These important additions complement Sri Lanka’s tropical beaches, tea plantations, cave temples and wild elephants that foreign visitors (mostly British) have been coming to see for many years.

Leopard in the wild, Yala National Park. (C) triptosrilanka.com