The famous explorer Marco Polo of the 12th century wrote that Sri Lanka is the finest island in the whole world. For centuries it had been a great tourism destination particularly for European travelers. The advantage of Sri Lanka as a tourism destination is threefold: it is an authentic tourism destination, it is a compact island of 65,610 square kilometers where a tourist can travel the length and breadth of the country within a few days and the diversity of the tourism product is unparalleled. As Sri Lanka is an island surrounded by sea, it is a perfect destination for a beach holiday. When the seas are rough on one side of the island there is calm water on another side. Therefore, it is a year round beach destination.