Sri Lanka has been named by Lonely Planet as the number one country to visit for 2013.
The travel guide points to the wide range of novel experiences on offer in Sri Lanka, as well as its beautiful coasts.
Its newly opened east coast is one of the emerging hotspots to watch, Lonely Planet believes, but it also reveals there are many incredible unspoilt attractions on the west coast too.
The guide refers to Kalpitiya and the Puttalam lagoon, north of Colombo, as "eco-tourism hotspots" with lots of opportunities for outdoor pursuits such as bird watching and kayaking.
And it suggests there is now an amazing choice when it comes to beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka, with a new wave of east coast beaches now an option as well as the traditional hotspots further south.
"Arugam Bay's sandy crescent is one of Asia's best surf spots and further north, Uppuveli and Nilaveli near Trincomalee stretch for several pristine kilometres," Lonely Planet said.
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