Boasting far more attractions than we can list from jungle safaris, elephant sanctuaries and white water rafting to spiritual temples, sun-drenched beaches and mouthwatering cuisine, this once inaccessible country is quickly climbing its way up every globetrotters' bucket list.
As I travel through Sri Lanka, covering the nation as it seeks reconciliation among its diverse population after decades of conflict, I am receiving e-mails from my friends at home asking me to review the basics.
The Sri Lankan government has battled the Tamil Tigers on two fronts for almost three decades: on the battlefield and in the arena of world opinion. No one thought they could win militarily, but they did.
Even as the Sri Lankan conflict seems to be drawing to a close, the government, which has a long history of abducting Tamil civilians and suppressing information, has increased its security forces in the capitol.