At the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia 2017, which were held in Shanghai, Sri Lanka won following two Awards:
- Asia’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination 2017
- Asia’s Leading Destination 2017
Sri Lanka emerged as an interesting travel alternative to Thailand, for its
Along with its native land mammals — elephants, leopards and wild buffalos — the island’s marine surroundings make the destination one of the best for whale and dolphin watching.
Sri Lanka is also known among thrill-seekers for offering top-notch surfing and diving experiences, jungle treks, hikes and elephant-riding and rock-climbing adventures.
Winners are based on an online voting process cast by industry leaders and travel professionals.
World’s most renowned travel guide book and website publisher ‘The Lonely Planet’ has also named Sri Lanka as the number one destination in the world to visit in 2013. According to the World Tourism Organization, Sri Lanka has the advantage of having 49 sites classified as unique attractions, 91 as rare attractions, and 7 world heritage sites, and 6 of the 300 ancient monuments in the world.