31 Dec '11, 6am

Condé Nast Traveller's destinations to watch in 2012: Sri Lanka, Photo 4 of 11 (Condé Nast Traveller) via @cntraveller

Condé Nast Traveller's destinations to watch in 2012: Sri Lanka, Photo 4 of 11 (Condé Nast Traveller) via @cntraveller

Until recently, the north and east parts of Sri Lanka were off-limits to tourists, and under the occupation of the Tamil Tigers. Going anywhere vaguely remote, other than the most popular spots, was ill-advised and meant tedious journeys bogged down by military checks. But now the country is Tiger-free, and for the first time in a long time travellers are being encouraged to return. As a consequence, the north and east coasts are undeveloped, their natural beauty unspoiled. You can find yourself the only tourist in the traditional villages, and the only person on some of the country's most beautiful beaches. Indeed, those beaches on the east coast have fine sand and calm, clear waters, unlike the surf destinations on the west.

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