Sri Lanka still has the charm conjured up by its earlier name of Serendib or as its colonial name of Ceylon suggests. It’s an island set in the Indian Ocean, just 30km off the southeast coastal tip of India. Being close to the Equator, Sri Lanka’s seasons are not well defined and there is no cold winter but the temperature can drop to an average low of 12 degrees in the hill country town of Nuwara Eliya or soar to a high of 33 degrees in the east coast town of Trincomalee. While the island has plenty of beaches, the most popular being along the west and south coasts, with the east coast attracting visitors from May to September, it is also a destination for the nature lover with lush vegetation, broad rivers and plunging waterfalls and wild life ranging from elephants, leopards and crocodiles to peacocks and beautiful butterflies. There are ruins over 2,000 years old, modern hotels, and a people delighted to welcome visitors.