You don’t have to look far before you’ll find the colonial legacies of the Portuguese, Dutch and British in a country that hangs like a teardrop off the Indian sub-continent.
You can experience the elegance of a bygone era – Sri Lanka's colonial past – with stays in heritage properties and discover the historic attractions of bustling Colombo, sacred Kandy, Nuwara Eliya hill station and Galle Fort.
And what could be more British than a nice cup of tea? Head to the hills to tour picturesque tea estates set atop rolling hills, where you’ll watch tea pluckers at work, and sample some of the finest leaves you'll find anywhere in the world. You’ll discover wonderful colonial era tea planters' bungalows (many converted to boutique hotels) tucked away on the ever-productive tea estates. Back down on the coast is Galle, which is arguably the gem in the colonial architecture crown, though here it’s Dutch rather than British influence that shines through.
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