Welcome to Sri Lanka
I was pretty sure Sri Lanka was going to be interesting when, on my first full day, I happened upon an elephant getting a bath in somebody's front yard.
This was confirmed when, the next day, I hiked up to the top of a hillside in Kandy and realized that the entire city (the second largest in Sri Lanka) was surrounded by tropical forests.
With interesting temples dotting much of the towns I went to, the island of Sri Lanka indeed did not disappoint.
Hiking to the tops of holy mountains, trekking to temples perched on hillsides over the jungle, and a lot of time spent reading through rainy days. Sri Lanka was way more fun than I had any right to expect out of a nine day stop between the Emirates and Indonesia.