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Off the beaten track and tranquil—those adjectives describe just part of the allure of Sri Lanka’s southeastern corner. This is a quiet, laid-back, rural region of sleepy villages, farms and seemingly endless golden-sand beaches fringed by coconut palms and fronting the Indian Ocean's cerulean waters.…

Off the beaten track and tranquil—those adjectives describe just part of the allure of Sri Lanka’s southeastern corner. This is a quiet, laid-back, rural region of sleepy villages, farms and seemingly endless golden-sand beaches fringed by coconut palms and fronting the Indian Ocean's cerulean waters. Beyond Hambantota's new world-class port, colorful fishing boats cluster in its small harbor; their bounty can be seen in the daily fish market. 

Much of this part of Sri Lanka was off-limits during the country's civil war; then, it was hit hard by the 2004 tsunami. Fortunately the region has mostly recovered and is now open to tourists, who are discovering its natural beauty and a Sri Lankan way of life that is fast disappearing.

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