Up until 2012, the north and east parts of Sri Lanka were under the occupation of the Tamil Tigers, and off-limits to tourists. Traveling off the beaten path was ill-advised and virtually impossible because of tedious military check points. Photo
For now, the north and east coasts are undeveloped and their natural beauty unspoiled. If you go, it is not uncommon to find yourself the only tourist around, and the only person sitting on stretches of pristine beaches.
All this underdeveloped and rugged beauty means that it is probably not suitable yet for travelers wanting 5 star luxury resorts and an easy vacation...for the rest of us, it means perfection! Photo