A extraordinarily beautiful island in the midst of the Indian ocean, the tropical nation of Sri Lanka has a rich history which has spanned over a thousand years, greatly influenced by the British, Indian, Portuguese and Dutch colonists but always grounded by the strength of the local Buddhist faith, making this teardrop country incredibly rich in diversity and contrast. From the coastal capital of Colombo, travel to one of the ancient colonial cities Anuradhapura, sampling its wealth of palaces, temples, ‘dagobas’ (Buddhist monument) and Buddha statues. Continue south to explore the depths of the Dambulla Cave Temple to the hedonist retreat of the formidable Sigiriya Rock Fortress, before visiting Polonnaruwa – the medieval capital of Sri Lanka and its prominent historical buddhist sites.
This journey leads deep into the rainforests of central Sri Lanka, exploring the lush botanical gardens, tea plantations and hill stations of old world Kandy. Considered to be one of the most scenic train journeys on the planet, board the train from Kandy to the bohemian town of Ella, where we spend time exploring nearby waterfalls, temples and forests. We track elusive leopards and rambling elephants on a jeep safari in Yala and Udawalawe National Parks before heading to the fortress coastal city of Galle, famous for its stilt fisherman and winding cobbled streets and colourful markets. Spend your last days shaded under swaying coconut infused palms and lapping turquoise seas in the coastal resort town of Bentota.
Trip Duration: 22 days
Grade Adventure touring: light adventure
Summary: 21 nights in tourist class hotels
UNESCO World Heritage Site – remnants of a fifth century royal rock fortress, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
This Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha.
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