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Explore the ancient sites, lively culture and gorgeous beaches of Sri Lanka on a trip that takes you through Colombo, Sigiriya, Trincomalee, Kandy and more.
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Discover the very best of Sri Lanka and its fascinating culture.
Be intrigued by the beautiful island of Sri Lanka on this enlightening Secrets of Sri Lanka adventure. Setting off from the capital Colombo, visit the rock carvings of Anuradhapura, explore the relaxed beachside town of Trincomalee, discover traditional villages in the Hiriwadunna countryside, admire the rock fortress of Sigiriya and wander through the lush Giragama Tea Plantation, all the while indulging in delicious meals and getting to know the culture of this unique country. Get off the usual tourist trail and discover another side of Sri Lanka on this fascinating comfort tour.
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Arrive in Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital. Get swept up in the spirited hustle of the local street scene or laze on the sands of Negombo.
Sri Lanka's most extensive and important ancient city, Anuradhapura was ruled by Sinhalese kings when it rose to its glittering greatness over 2,200 years ago.
Embark on a guided jungle trek to the temple ruins of Ritigala. Be treated to a traditional Sri Lankan lunch with a local family before arriving in time for a beachside sundowner at idyllic Trincomalee.
Spend time sussing out the sights and spoils of this beautiful coastal town. Get giddy at Lovers' Leap, take a dousing in the hot springs of Kanniya and maybe even set out to sea for a chance to spot blue whales on their migratory loop.
Polonnaruwa was the ancient capital of the Indian Chola Dynasty and its 1000-year-old remains feature beautiful palaces, temples, stupas and massive stone Buddhas.
After breakfast you will proceed to the World Heritage Site of Sigirya Rock or Lion’s Rock in Sinhalese. Sigiriya is an impressive ancient rock fortress and palace. You will climb to the citadel that rises 200 meters from the jungle floor. It is reputed to be have been inhabited for over 5000 years, initially as a shelter in the Mesolithic Period, and established as a Buddhist Monastery in the 3rd century BCE. In the 5th century CE, Prince Kashyapa briefly made it his capital and fortress after he seized the throne from King Dhatusena and the rightful heir Prince Moggallana. Prince Kashyapa is alleged to have turned it into one of the most spectacular residences and palaces of all time. The gardens can be viewed along with the remains of the mysterious frescoes, which at one time may have been considered the largest picture in the world, covering a wall 140 meters long and 40 meters high. Towards the late afternoon, you will leave to the Minneriya National Park for an optional Jeep Safari. Minneriya National Park is about 9000 hectares and is home to a great array of fauna, including elephants that frequent it as a favourite watering site.The purple-faced langur and toque macaque can also be found here as well as an incredible variety of birdlife. In the evening you will return to Polonnaruwa. (Driving Time: 3 hours)
Drop in at Matale Spice Garden to stock up on exotic fragrances and spices before arriving in peaceful Kandy. Gather your bearings in the country's second largest city on a guided orientation walk and take in the history of the Temple of the Tooth.
Hit the winding trails of the Knuckles Mountain Range. With its traditional Sinhalese name translating to 'mist-laden mountain range', this high altitude cloud forest is home to a variety of fascinating flora and fauna not found anywhere else on earth.
Gain an insight into the cultivation of Sri Lanka's most famous export, Ceylon tea, on a tour of the Giragama Tea Plantation. Afterwards, set out on a final nature walk through the forest of Kitulgala, hit the local rapids for some whitewater rafting or climb the nearby rock walls for a spot of abseiling.
Sri Lanka's commercial heart, Colombo is a cosmopolitan mix of vibrant street markets, colonial buildings, interesting museums, fine restaurants and great shopping opportunities.
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