Lonely Planet knows Sri Lanka. With our 11th edition we help you board the train to the lush tea plantations of Ella, show you where the spotten leopards hide, lead you to Sigiriya's mysterious ancient ruins and when your adventuring is done, reveal the nation's most-secluded beaches.
Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip.
In This Guide:
Complete national-parks table leads you to the best elephant-spotting
Detailed research on safe travel
Unique Green Index directs you to sustainable listings
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NORTH OF COLOMBO
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
South of Arugam
Around Adams Peak
Park Worlds End
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