Sri Lanka - Touring Holidays
On an escorted tour to Sri Lanka, you’ll discover the many cultural and natural treasures of this teardrop-shaped island cast adrift in the Indian Ocean. Arab, Malay, Portuguese, Dutch and British settlers have all left their mark here, making for a delightful mix of ancient cities, monuments and atmospheric colonial architecture.
At the same time, palm-fringed beaches are never far away and lush mountainous greenery beckons inland. It's clear to see why 13th century explorer Marco Polo proclaimed Sri Lanka to be “the finest island of its size in all the world”.
Most Sri Lankan adventures begin in the cosmopolitan capital Colombo, a city which offers the lazy charm of a bygone era blended with the vivacity of a modern city. From here the many delights of the island await your discovery.
If you come in search of wildlife, Sri Lanka will not disappoint. At the Minneriya National Park you can get up close to elephants and look out for a wide range of other mammals, birds and reptiles. You could also enjoy a thrilling safari in Yala National Park, which is home to an impressive population of leopards. Elephants, sloth bears, monkeys and crocodiles have also been spotted here.
With more than 2,000 years of recorded history, remnants of Sri Lanka’s past are dotted across the island. Boasting no less than eight UNESCO-listed sites, must-see attractions include Sigiriya - the ruins of an ancient citadel set on the summit of a huge rocky outcrop - and the spectacular cave temples at Dambulla which contain around 150 beautiful images of Buddha.
Rolling green hills
At the heart of the island amid rolling green hills lies Kandy, a delightful city dominated by a picturesque lake. It is here that you’ll find the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a complex which contains a tooth of Buddha, one of Sri Lanka’s most famous Buddhist relics.
Not too far from Kandy, Sri Lanka’s highest town - Nuwara Eliya – is surrounded by lovely countryside. It is the home of Ceylon Tea and during your time here you will be able to visit a tea plantation. You’ll tour the factory, see how the leaves are picked and sample a freshly-brewed cup as you gaze out across the emerald-green fields of the plantation.
A visit to Sri Lanka wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of the island’s gorgeous beaches. With its pristine stretches of golden sand and sparkling azure waters, Sri Lanka’s palm-fringed coastline offers something for everyone. Beruwela on the west coast has one of the longest beaches on the island, making it the perfect place to soak up the sun and swim in the balmy Indian Ocean.
Every Travelsphere holiday offers exceptional value for money. Included in the price are return scheduled flights/rail travel and internal flights, where applicable, overseas transfers and transportation, carefully chosen hotels, many meals and excursions and the services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager or Local Guide.