Sri Lanka was the first country in the world to have a democratically elected woman head of state
Private tours are for ninnies, take the train
Taxi, Tuk-tuk and rickshaw drivers make good money on commission, you will have to be firm if you want to get to the hotel of your choice!
Yala National Park. This is one of the best places for leopard sighting in the world. With affordable day and half day safaris and a variety of interesting creature spotting Yala is an absolute must.
*Map from Dorling Kindersley 4th addition World Atlas