A tropical island of legendary beauty, Sri Lanka offers a kaleidoscope of experiences for you to pick and choose. It is the perfect year-round destination for all offering a variety of sensational landscapes from the pristine wildlife haven of the Yala National Park and the flourishing tea plantations of Hatton to the golden sandy beaches of Tangalle and the bustling colonial city of Galle.
Sri Lanka has a rich and diverse cultural heritage that dates back to over 2 000 years, with Buddhism playing an integral part in its legacy. Evidence of the religion can be found at almost every turn in the Golden Triangle of Sigiriya, Kandy, Pollonaruwa and Anuradhapura. These magical destinations offer incredible attractions such as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth, the awe-inspiring Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the ancient abandoned city of Anuradhapura with its “Tree of Enlightenment” and the not-to-be-missed historical kingdom of Pollonaruwa.
The ideal way to experience this delightful country would be to start with to the Cultural Triangle, to get a deep understanding of the rich heritage. Then move onto Hill Country, experience life on a tea plantation, learn about Sri Lankan cooking and enjoy other activities such a trekking. Move onto the national parks to and seek out the wildlife - elephant, leopard, wild boar, water buffalo and birdlife. Finally chill out and slow down at the beach! For a small island there are plenty of options from long golden ones with soft white sand to wind and wave-battered beaches where a footstep is not seen for miles.
‘At-a-Glance’ Illustrative Itinerary
DAY 1: On arrival at Colombo International airport you will be met by your driver guide and transfer to hotel of choice at a tea plantation in the hill country.
DAY 2: Take a walk to a local tea factory to understand how the tea is grown and then turned into fine teas for export.
DAY 3: Day trip to Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, and is a World Heritage Site. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798 and visit the famous botanical gardens. Visit the Temple of the Tooth which is still an important temple for pilgrims to visit. In 1542 the Tooth Relic was brought to the city, resulting in a two storey for the relic itself and 86 houses for the monks.
DAY 4: Transfer to one of Sri Lanka’s amazing national parks, Grand Udawalawe for jeep safaris. The park is an important habitat for water birds and Sri Lankan elephants.
DAY 5: Move onto another popular national park, Yala, located in the south east of the island. The region is a haven for flora, fauna and excellent game. The premier wildlife location in Sri Lanka and almost an African safari experience and the best place in Asia to spot the elusive leopard.
DAY 6 : Transfer out to Fisherman’s Bay in Welligama and located a short drive from Mirissa, the centre of the whale watching on the south coast. A great location for seafood and easy access to
Galle and the stilt fishermen. The best months for whale watching is December/January and April.
DAY 7: Full day excursion whale-watching
DAY 8 – 10 : Days of leisure on the beach.
DAY 11: Transfer back to Colombo for your international flight home.