Sri Lanka is often called the Pearl of the Orient. It is a land of sunshine, beaches, mountains, waterfalls, tea plantations, coconut palms, spices and gems. Sri Lanka’s 1600 km of coastline contains fine beaches, wide stretches of sand, miles of clear water, pretty bays and deep natural harbours. North of Colombo is the beach of Negombo. To the south lie Beruwala and Bentota. Best Time To Visit: December to March. Best Buys: Ruby, topaz and tea.