Travel + Leisure, a U.S travel magazine has ranked Sri Lanka Number 1 in its list of 'The 15 Best Islands in the World' released on 10 July 2019.
The New York-based travel magazine which has 4.8 million readers worldwide, referring to Sri Lanka said while several islands made their debut in the list one newcomer vaulted directly into the No. 1 spot.
Sri Lanka received the highest score of 92.12 out of 100, with Palawan in the Philippines and Bali in Indonesia being ranked 2nd and 3rd in the list respectively.
"Located just south of India, this roughly 25,000-square-mile island tempts travelers with a diversity of experiences. Along the stunning coastline, the marine national parks make this destination a surfer's, snorkeler's, and diver's dream. Inland, tea plantations await exploration, as do wildlife parks, which teem with animals, including elephants, monkeys, and one of the world's largest populations of leopards," Travel + Leisure described the island.
Travel + Leisure noted that Sri Lanka is recovering from the impact of the Easter attacks and that the island had not lost any of its beauty.