July 03, 2019 (LBO) – Sri Lanka secured the top spot in the Lonely Planet’s best travel destinations list of countries to visit in 2019 despite the recent Easter Sunday attacks.
The country has been upset, but continues to be an incredible place to visit and it still tops our Best in Travel for 2019, Lonely Planet Writer Caterina Hrysomallis said in her latest blog post.
The travel publication, however, advises the readers to check the travel advisory information for the latest travel advice.
At the present time, foreign governments are advising caution but are not warning against travel to Sri Lanka.
Emergency security measures have been imposed, but flights to Colombo are operating as normal.
“Sri Lanka is decidedly having its moment in the equatorial sun and change is coming swiftly,” the Lonely Planet noted.
“Already notable to intrepid travellers for its mix of religions and cultures, its timeless temples, its rich and accessible wildlife, its growing surf scene and its people who defy all odds by their welcome and friendliness after decades of civil conflict, this is a country revived,”
“There’s now more than ever for families, adrenaline junkies, eco-tourists, wellness seekers and foodies of all budgets,”
“Even the north and east, including areas previously off limits, difficult to reach or lacking in services, deliver new discoveries.”
In October last year, Sri Lanka has placed number one among the Lonely Planet’s top 10 countries to visit in 2019.
Sri Lanka has retained the top spot in the globe even after the Easter Sunday Attacks that adversely affected the tourism industry in the country.