Civil war is never good for business. But even when the hostilities between government forces and the Tamil Tigers were at their bloodiest, there was still a trickle of people determined to visit this stoical Indian Ocean island. Then, suddenly, that old image of Sri Lanka being a teardrop fallen from the face of India took on a macabre new meaning as the Boxing Day 2004 tsunami swept an estimated 60,000 people to their deaths, wiping out most of the tourist industry in the process.
Seven years on, with the Tamil Tigers defeated (for now, at least), the country is stuttering to its feet once more – and there’s much to see.
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