Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, is a hidden wonder of a destination in the Indian ocean. This island nation, the size of West Virginia, does not have the population density of neighboring India and enjoys wide areas of unpolluted rainforest filled with elephants and other wildlife and vast white sand beaches. The Tamil culture blends Hindu and Buddhist religion with excellent examples of temples and artistic expression. The cuisine utilizes the tropical fruits and spices which grow abundantly in this small nation that is enjoying peace and stability after the resolution of its civil war. Sri Lanka offers a great alternative to its giant neighbor India to enjoy a slower pace in an unspoiled landscape.