SRI LANKA



Located at the southern tip of India, the island of Sri Lanka is a small country with big attractions - culture, beaches and nature. Although predominantly Sinhalese, Sri Lanka also has other ethnic groups such as Tamils, Moors, Malays and descendents of the Portuguese and British.

Sri Lanka was once of huge importance to the Europeans due to spice markets and trade routes and therefore Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial remnants can be seen around the country.

It is a happy island — a land of smiling people. Whether you are bargaining in the Pettah (bazaar) in Colombo, marveling at the ancient cities, sipping tea in the hill country or soaking up the sun at a beach, you will find people friendly and helpful.

Explore ancient cities and temples, scuba dive, snorkel, and surf the waves of the Indian Ocean, trek through incredible landscapes and dense forests or enjoy a safari in one of the many wildlife parks on the island.

Some of the important destinations in this country include:

  • Colombo: Located on the west coast of the island, Colombo has been the commercial capital of Sri Lanka for more than 2,000 years as its large natural harbor made it popular with ancient trades routes. Sri Lanka was colonised by Portugal, the Netherlands and Britain due to which it possesses a hybrid culture which is most commonly found and felt in the food and architecture of Colombo.

  • Kandy: Kandy is the gateway to the Central Highlands and its tropical plantations that grow both tea and rubber. It is home to the Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred Buddhist temples in the world – also a UNESCO world heritage site.

  • Nuwara Eliya: Nuwara Eliya is the country’s tea production capital. Being a hill station, the town became a retreat for British for rest and recreation and hence acquired the name “Little England”.

  • Bentota: Located close to Colombo, Bentota is one of Sri Lanka’s most popular beaches. It is ideal for rest and relaxation as well as water sports such as surfing, sailing and snorkeling.

  • Yala National Park: The Park is home to leopards, wild cats, birds, elephants and monkeys. It has one of the world’s highest concentration of leopard population.

  • Sigiriya: Also called Lion Rock or Lion Mountain, consists of the ruins of an ancient stronghold that was built in the late 5th century CE on a remarkable monolithic rock pillar.

  • Galle: A fortified city, the main attraction here is its 17th century fort built by the Dutch. Sitting on a promontory overlooking the Indian ocean, the fort is known for its architectural style.


SAMPLE TRIPS

Classical Sri Lanka (7 Days)

Starting and ending in Colombo, this short one-week tour covers the highlights of this island nation - history, culture and beach. Ideal for first timers!

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ROUTING: COLOMBO - SIGIRIYA - KANDY - BENTOTA






Insightful Sri Lanka (16 Days)

Witness the rich bio-diversity of the land – its flora and fauna along with the lovely monuments - the serene Buddha statues, treasure troves of historic Galle and shopping opportunities in Kandy and Colombo.

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ROUTING: NEGOMBO - DAMBULLA - KANDY - HILL COUNTRY - YALA - TANGALLE - GALLE - COLOMBO