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Sitting less than 40 miles off the coast of southern India, the teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka combines tropical paradise with South Asian culture. Visit Buddhist ruins, sandy beaches and forests teeming with wildlife. At Yala National Park see elephants in their natural habitat, spot leopards in the forest and even crocodiles splashing about in lagoons. Waterfalls and golden beaches add to the ambience of this tropical island, but cosmopolitan cities bring the country to life.
Walk to the summit of Sigiriya, a magnificent 5th-century rock fortress that was never conquered, for spectacular views of the central plains. Get up close and personal to over 70 elephants in Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, all either rescued or born in captivity. And for a more unusual memento of your visit, why not treat yourself to a pack of writing paper made from fibre-rich elephant dung!
The landscape is incredibly diverse, from the highlands dotted with tea plantations to pristine beaches where you can witness fabulous sunrises and sunsets. Galle retains much evidence of its Dutch colonial heritage, while the lively coastal resort of Negombo is the perfect location for a relaxing few days by the sea. Kandy, the capital of the lush highland region, is home to the Temple of the Tooth, which holds a tooth of the Lord Buddha and so is considered one of Sri Lanka’s holiest shrines.
The cuisine has a strong Asian flavour but with unexpected twists. Don’t confuse rice and curry, for example, with curry and rice. The former is a Sri Lankan speciality consisting of a huge bowl of rice with an assortment of interesting side dishes, while the latter is a curry with an accompaniment of rice that is associated, of course, with the Indian mainland. And no visit to Sri Lanka is complete without a short trip on a tuk-tuk, best described as a motorised rickshaw, and an Ayurvedic massage, a soothing and incredibly relaxing ancient massage technique involving scented oils, which will be especially welcome after a heart-stopping tuk-tuk ride.
Currency: Sri Lankan Rupees
Visas: 30 Day Tourist Visa
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Discover the spectacular 3000 years old cultural heritage of Sri Lanka, while at the same time marvelling at the country’s majestic scenery, peaceful rural surroundings and abundant wildlife.
Take in the natural wonders of Sri Lanka in style during this extraordinary 15 Day tour, taking you to such places as Kandy, Colombo, Nuwara Eliya and Ahungalla as well as Horton Plains and Yala national parks.
This outstanding introductory tour to Sri Lanka combines the cultural triangle’s ancient cities with scenic hill country, man-made marvels and abundant wildlife. Explore Kandy, the last Sinhalese city to fall to the British, and search for leopards and sloth bears in Wilpattu National Park.
Formerly the island of Ceylon, Sri Lanka has an abundance of natural treasures, historic towns and archaeological ruins for you to discover. The fabulous tour will take you on an exotic journey to the lesser-known sites in Northern, southern and central Sri Lanka.
This trip covers a substantial part of the island, taking in as much as possible of the scenic and cultural variety that Sri Lanka has to offer.
Lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is a natural paradise with a landscape of verdant mountains, rainforests, paddy fields, tumbling waterfalls and sweeping gorges.
Combining an actioned-packed ten day journey across Sri Lanka with a relaxing traditional Dhoni cruise in the Maldives is a winning combination! Explore jungles, discover Buddhist relics, take part in a cookery lesson and tour ancient temple sites on mountain bike, it’s all part of the adventure in this tropical paradise known as Buddha’s Island.
For most travellers, Sri Lanka has been off the map for too long. Well, it’s back. Discover the vibrant colours, diverse cultures, and swaying palm trees of this tropical jewel. Explore tea plantations and rock fortresses on this 14-day tour, which is designed to please. This tour is about more than just beaches and stunning views; it’s about the inspiring people you’ll meet along the way.
Admire the majestic elephants of Habarana, visit Sigiriya’s ‘Fortress in the Sky’ and view the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha, then round off your tour with days of relaxation on the beach.
Situated on the Passikudah Bay on Sri Lanka’s East Coast, this rustic resort offers stunning rooms and spacious villas. The resort opened in 2016 and the architecture and design have been influenced by Thai and Balinese style with open-air pavilions and thatched buildings throughout the resort. You can choose to stay at the resort on a Half Board, Full Board or All Inclusive Package.
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