By Ruaridh Nicoll –
Sri Lanka has the hotels, the food, the climate and the charm to offer the perfect holiday, says Ruaridh Nicoll. It’s just a pity about the increasingly despotic government.
“so are you a Buddhist?” I ask the driver.
“No, I am Hindu.”
“Oh, so you’re a Tamil?”
“I am a Tamil,” the driver says, and then shouts: “BUT I AM NOT A TERRORIST!”
Sri Lanka is the travel destination of 2013, at least according to the travel industry. After decades of war, peace is opening up the northern reaches of the wondrous isle off the tip of India. British Airways has just created a route to Colombo via the Maldives. Set against this (although not affecting visitor numbers) is Sri Lanka’s increasingly brutal government. The Rajapaksa family is tightening its grip. The Tamils are cowed. Even Sarath Fonseka, the former general credited with beating the Tigers (and accused of killing 40,000), has found his bid for political power stymied.
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