July 03, Colombo: Lonely Planet, the world's leading travel authority, said Sri Lanka is continuing to be the top destination for 2019 despite the Easter Sunday terror attacks. "It still tops our Best in Travel for 2019," Lonely Planet says.
The travel publication, maintained Sri Lanka as number one, while warning readers to check travel advisories of their governments before travelling to the island nation.
Lonely Planet writer Caterina Hrysomallis in an article said the country has been upset following the Easter Sunday attacks, but continues to be an incredible place to visit.
She said the toll on tourism has been tremendous on the island state following the Easter Sunday attacks and the travelers should not give up on Sri Lanka.
"While we don't discount the fear many travelers feel, we should not allow events like this to deter us from continuing to explore, learn and break down stereotypes."
In recent weeks, countries have softened their travel warnings to Sri Lanka, including the UK.
Among the many things the guide says the travelers cannot miss in Sri Lanka are the food, incomparable beaches, especially the untouched beaches in Tangalle, epic train rides especially travel by train to Ella, the beauty of the hills, ancient city of Anuradhapura, elephants, City of Galle, Sigiriya and Sinharaja Forest Reserve.