The tropical island of Sri Lanka lies off the coast of the Indian subcontinent. The island offers a large number of exotic experiences on a comparatively small terrain. The variety of vegetation reaches from marshes on the southern and western coast, dry savannah in the north and northeast, and a small piece of desert on the peninsula of Jaffna to large salt lakes in the southeast of the island. The extended beaches are protected by coral reefs, sandbanks and lagunas, and numerous beautiful bays are waiting for guests to swim and relax. Plateaus and canyons, mountain tops and rolling hills, overgrown with tea shrubs, make one of Asia's most beautiful landscapes out of the central highlands. Sri Lanka's fauna is impressive, too: there is a great number of peacocks, herons, deer and monkeys living on the island, and in february and march, even blue whales, pot whales and dolphins come close to the coast. Visiting an elephant camp is certainly worthwhile, as one can ride on elephants there and will learn a lot about them.