Sri Lanka is sometimes described as "India light". Plainly put, it's easier to navigate, less hectic and trains (almost) leave on time - so you won't be left twiddling your thumbs on the platform. While most start in Colombo, make sure to venture beyond the confines of the capital - in the north and the east of the island you'll find some of the best spots. Travel by train from Colombo to Jaffna or, better still, take a seaplane from the teeming capital to the country's lush interior and the ocean-lapped jungles. With sparsely populated beaches, ancient ruins and endless hoppers to gorge on, we can think of few places better to have some "me" time.