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1-4,Kandy

Feast your eyes on this compact city that’s grown up around Bogambara Lake. Must-see sights include the Temple of the Tooth Relic, a sacred Buddhist site. It’s also an easy day trip from here to the Lion Rock and the Fortress of Sigiriya, reached by climbing the steps cut into an almost sheer rock face.

4h40m to Maldives

5-7,Maldives

The island archipelago of the Maldives spills out across the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. It’s no surprise that so many wish to visit, staying in luxurious overwater bungalows where glass floors afford living room views of exotic marine life, the perfect place to escape from the stresses of modern urban living.