Increasing numbers of Brits are booking cheap flights to Sri Lanka thanks to the end of conflict in the country and its recovery from the 2004 tsunami.
This is according to Sri Lanka Tourism Development, which revealed a 48 percent increase in the number of tourists travelling on flights to the island country in February compared to the same month last year.
Brits appeared to be the most eager to book flights to Sri Lanka, with a rise of 68 percent recorded in arrivals from UK airports between February and 12 months previously.
Sri Lanka has responded to the increase in demand by opening a new range of accommodation, from luxury beachfront hotels to humble jungle retreats.
Also appealing to tourists is the Wilpattu nature reserve, Sri Lanka’s largest, which recently reopened to the public.
Elsewhere, travellers are drawn to Yala national park in the south-east of the country, where visitors can spot rare birds and leopards.
The New York Times recently ranked Sri Lanka number one in the 31 places to visit this year.