Australians leave Bali and Thailand to travel to a new paradisiacal destination

It is taking over Bali and Thailand as the main tourist destination for Australians, and with its immaculate white sand beaches, lush tropical forests and wildlife safaris cataloged as

A new paradise island has emerged as Australia's favorite holiday destination.

For decades, Bali and Thailand have remained firm favorites for Australians looking to escape a fast and cheap holiday abroad.

But a pristine island nation floating in the far south of India has seen rapid growth in Australians' tourism in the last year.

With perfect white sand beaches, lush tropical forests and wildlife safaris considered "the best out of Africa", it's not hard to see why travelers choose to ignore tradition and fly almost 7,000 miles away to spend your vacation.

It is taking over Bali and Thailand as the main tourist destination for Australians, and with its immaculate white sand beaches, lush tropical forests and wildlife safaris cataloged as "the best outside of Africa", it is not hard to see why. (In the photo, Bentota beach)

Of the top 10 nations that visited Sri Lanka during August of this year, the number of Australian visitors has increased more than any other country since last year.

In August 2017, 5,959 Australians arrived on the island in the form of tears, but this number increased by 38.3 percent in the same period this year, with figures reaching 8,239.

And while Sri Lanka is being hailed worldwide as a hotspot for the holidays, it remains a practically untouched paradise with true local charm.

"It's easy to be cautious when traveling," Kirstie McCroskrie said in a blog post.

"But when the locals come and start asking you where you are from and where you're traveling, 9 times out of 10 it's because of genuine interest and courtesy, rather than trying to cheat or sell you something."

Of the top 10 nations that visited Sri Lanka during August of this year, the number of Australian visitors has increased more than any other country since last year

Of the top 10 nations that visited Sri Lanka during August of this year, the number of Australian visitors has increased more than any other country since last year

Of the top 10 nations that visited Sri Lanka during August of this year, the number of Australian visitors has increased more than any other country since last year

Sitoff in the southern tip of India, Sri Lanka really fits the cliché of having something for everyone

Sitoff in the southern tip of India, Sri Lanka really fits the cliché of having something for everyone

Floating in the southern tip of India, Sri Lanka really has something for everyone

Australians visiting Sri Lanka will need a VISA to enter the country, at a cost of around $ 35 for a 30-day trip.

And if you are wondering what is the best time to visit, then it is worth noting that the country, despite its small size, has two monsoon seasons.

The most severe monsoon "yala" affects the south and west of Sri Lanka between April and September, while the monsoon "maha" reaches the east and north of the island between November and March.

Sri Lanka has more than 24 beaches, but some of the most notable include Arugam Bay in the far east of the country, Bentota in the southeast and the hidden bay of Hirketiya, near Dickwella Beach in the far south.

In August 2017, 5,959 Australians arrived on the island in the form of tears, but this number increased by 38.3 percent in the same period this year, with figures reaching 8,239 (in the photo, Unawatuna beach)

In August 2017, 5,959 Australians arrived on the island in the form of tears, but this number increased by 38.3 percent in the same period this year, with figures reaching 8,239 (in the photo, Unawatuna beach)

In August 2017, 5,959 Australians arrived on the island in the form of tears, but this number increased by 38.3 percent in the same period this year, with figures reaching 8,239 (in the photo, Unawatuna beach)

Australians visiting Sri Lanka will need a VISA to enter the country, with a cost of around $ 35 days for a 30-day trip

Australians visiting Sri Lanka will need a VISA to enter the country, with a cost of around $ 35 days for a 30-day trip

Australians visiting Sri Lanka will need a VISA to enter the country, with a cost of around $ 35 days for a 30-day trip

The trains are picturesque but "notoriously late," according to Escape magazine, so moving around the country is best done in tuk-tuk.

Like their Thai cousins, tuk-tuk trips are not fit for the faint-hearted, but they are still a convenient way to get from one place to another with costs starting at roughly 40-60 Sri Lankan rupees (50c) per kilometer.

The Australians who make the trip to Sri Lanka say that it reminds them of Bali 30 years ago; with fewer crowds, more friendly locals and intact beach breaks.

Perhaps the biggest difference between Bali and Thailand compared to Sri Lanka is the nightlife, with McCroskrie noting that "it's not a party place."

"Excessive public drunkenness is quite rare and disapproving, and the nightlife is quite moderate, even in larger towns and cities," he said.

"Of course, there are coastal areas and areas of cities like Colombo where you'll find style parties for backpackers, just do not expect an excess of Full Moon style."

Sri Lanka has more than 24 beaches, but some of the most notable include Arugam Bay in the far east of the country, Bentota in the southeast and the hidden Hirketiya Bay (pictured) near Dickwella Beach in the extreme south

Sri Lanka has more than 24 beaches, but some of the most notable include Arugam Bay in the far east of the country, Bentota in the southeast and the hidden Hirketiya Bay (pictured) near Dickwella Beach in the extreme south

Sri Lanka has more than 24 beaches, but some of the most notable include Arugam Bay in the far east of the country, Bentota in the southeast and the hidden Hirketiya Bay (pictured) near Dickwella Beach in the extreme south

The trains are picturesque but "notoriously late", so moving is better by tuk-tuk

The trains are picturesque but "notoriously late", so moving is better by tuk-tuk

The trains are picturesque but "notoriously late", so moving is better by tuk-tuk

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