For many years, Sri Lanka has been hiding in plain sight of the world’s most intrepid of travellers: and now it has been discovered. Over the past decade the country has become one of the most up and coming destinations, yet still one of the most unspoilt. It has everything that any traveller, backpacker, holiday maker or gap year student would want, and all packed into one neat island package.

One of the most obvious draws of the country is its stunning countryside and seascape. The straggling rainforests, verdant tea plantations, towering mountainous peaks and dazzling white sand beaches make this a simply breathtaking location. Wildlife is abundant here too, from elephants to leopards, from water buffaloes to primates. Interestingly, Sri Lanka is one of the few places left on earth where elephants still live in the wild – and about 4,000 of them too!

If that isn’t enough, Sri Lanka’s history stretches back over 2000 years- and so do its monuments. With an amazing total of 8 UNESCO world heritage sites on the island, there are some jaw-dropping temples hiding amongst the green forests. Colombo, the capital city, is a sight to behold as well, with some fascinating colonial architecture and friendly faces.

This diversity has meant that when people are looking for a gap year, Sri Lanka is becoming a popular option. Gap year students can volunteer in Sri Lanka or go backpacking around, with many people doing a bit of both and starting off with volunteer travel in Sri Lanka.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a gap year student to volunteer – Sri Lanka is a perfect destination for people of all ages. From families to students, from those taking annual leave or enjoying a career break, volunteering in Sri Lanka is accessible to everyone.

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