Six amazing places to stay for free around the world – if you volunteer

At Helga’s Folly, a boutique hotel in historic Kandy, central Sri Lanka, amateur artists add to the distinctive murals – and get free bed and board via the Workaway website. Plus: 5 more places where skills can be swapped for stays

Savour Sri Lanka: sights, sunshine and beaches – away from the crowds

Sri Lanka is on the brink of a tourism boom with hotel chains rushing to open luxury resorts. But venture off the beaten track a little and you will find deserted shores, natural beauty and little-visited temples

Sri Lanka’s best new hotels, hostels and cottages

A tea plantation bungalow, surfer hostel, cottage near the beach and off-grid lodge are among our picks of great new places to stay in Sri Lanka

Places to go in Sri Lanka: travel tips

Colombo, Jaffna and Galle captivate, as do Sri Lanka’s national parks (with leopards), beautiful B&Bs, street food (with a real kick) and tea. Lots of tea

Yoga in Sri Lanka: from here to serenity

The forests of central Sri Lanka are home to one of the world’s best yoga retreats, where the scenery and ancient sites on the doorstep are as blissful as the classes

Top 10 budget beach hotels and guesthouses in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has some of Asia’s loveliest, most surf-able beaches – and plenty of affordable places to stay. Here are 10 of the best hotels and guesthouses, starting at just £5 a night