The global travel authority Lonely Planet has listed Sri Lankaâ€™s hill country among Top 10 places to visit in Asia in 2017.
For this second-annual Best in Asia list, Lonely Planetâ€™s in-house Asia experts ranked the hill country as eighth best with Chinaâ€™s Gansu as number one. Others in the list are South of Tokyo, Japan; Northern Kerala, India; Keong Saik Road, Singapore; Astana, Kazakhstan; Takayama, Japan; Xiâ€™an, China; Melaka City, Malaysia and Raja Ampat, Indonesia.
Sri Lanka may be â€œso hot right nowâ€, but Lonely Planet recommends getting ahead of (and away from) the pack by taking â€œa scenic train to Sri Lankaâ€™s idyllic hill country for a wonderfully temperate escape from the nationâ€™s humid coastsâ€.Â â€œThis tropical isle is endowed with a mountainous interior that is every bit as scenic as the coast, blessed by pleasantly cool temperatures that rarely tip 21ÂºC,â€ said Lonely Planet whose experts had combed through thousands of recommendations to pick the best destinations to visit over the next 12 months. Lonely Planetâ€™s Best in Asia 2017 is available online, with accompanying articles to each destination, at lonelyplanet.com/best-in-asia.