Spotting blue whales in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently, beset with problems from terrorism to flooding.

But in the wake of the contentious ending of the war in 2010 with the Tamil Tigers, this verdant island is experiencing a new tourist boom founded largely on its exquisite beaches, where one may spend weeks doing nothing but drinking lime sodas in the sun.

However, I found another prospect more appealing