"Get a taste of wild landscape, ancient civilizations, and dynamic culture in this colourful tour of Sri Lanka!"
It is rare to come across a country with a culture so full of colour and vitality and simultaneously a landscape so verdant and wild. Sri Lanka is breath-taking. This tour is a mélange of the culture, wildlife, and relaxation that the country offers in such abundance. You will wander around Asia’s most beautiful botanical gardens and wonder at the plants from around the world, see the forts and ruins that lay testament to its colonial era, and visit its cultural capital, Kandy, to see how it has maintained its cultural identity throughout its complex history. Enjoy spicy curries, lacy coconut milk pancakes, and famous tea. From steaming, leafy jungle, to sparkling coastline, Sri Lanka truly deserves its nickname: “a jewel in the Indian ocean”.
These tours aim to use resources as wisely as possible in order to provide an incredible experience whilst preserving the environment in which they run. They believe that natural resources, regional communities, tourists, and relevant government organizations are all core stakeholders in conservation and the development.
These tours are run by nature-lovers for nature-lovers and aim to best serve both nature and the tourists who can contribute to its protection, and the protection of its diversity as well as to equitable development within and among nations.
Arrive at the Bandaranayake International Airport, from where you will be collected and transported to Negombo to stay the night.
From Negambo you will head to Sri Lanka’a cultural capital, Kandy. On the way you will visit Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage. The orphanage was founded to care and protect the many orphaned unweaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests of Sri Lanka. The Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden is also a stunning sight and has been called the most beautiful botanical garden in Asia. The collection of bamboo alone is breathtaking: from tiny delicate leaves like lace to vast bamboo stalks that look more like tree trunks, this is a must see for nature-lovers. The Temple of the Tooth offers a different experience again. Enter into the sacred place and you will quickly be caught up in the atmosphere, heavy with prayers. The elegance and history combine to create a place which feels magical, even if you do not hold it as sacred.
On day three, you will head to Nuwara Eliya, where you will visit a tea factory and the Horton Plains National Park. The Park is covered with montane grassland and cloud forest. Take a moment to appreciate the stunning vistas and perhaps glimpse sambar deer nosing their way through the grassland. You may also see macaque and langurs and cats at either end of the spectrum: beautiful Sri Lankan Leopards and tiny, toy-like rusty spotted cats (one of the smallest members of the cat family).
After seeing so much in just a few days, Gregory lake offers a chance to relax completely. This man-made lake was initially designed to be a source of hydroelectric power, however when it was built, the beauty of its surroundings very rapidly drew people to spend their leisure time here, picnicing on the shores. Pass the Ravana Ella waterfall, a lovely 25m cascade. In the wet season, the fall is said to look like an areca flower. It is also said to be the bathing place of the princess Sita when she was kidnapped in the famous Indian epic, the Ramayana. You will end the day at Yala National Park, where leopards prowl in great numbers, and elephants wander majestically. This is a spectacular opportunity to see up close the untamed creatures which rule this land. But look closely and you will also see signs of a lost civilisation: the Monastic settlement of Sithulpawwa.
On your final full day, you will visit the majestic Tissa Maha Dagoba. This stunning piece of architecture houses a tranquil buddhist temple. After this, head past houses where fishermen are selling their catches to the Hummana Blow Hole. This peaceful expanse of water is beautiful enough but just wait for the explosion! In Galle you will visit the Dutch Fort and National Museum. Here you will start to get a feel for the colonial history of the country. The fort has a colourful history, and today has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population.
Finally say your farewells and head to the airport, where you can continue your adventure or head home.
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