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Located in the Indian Ocean south of India, Sri Lanka offers a plethora of attractions to keep any visitor happy along with fantastic food and friendly people. Sustainability and ecotourism are important in Sri Lanka, and a number of locally owned companies such as hotel groups promote environmentally responsible travel.

Sri Lanka is an island of diverse attractions from ancient cities, fantastic wildlife, beautiful sandy beaches, lush green tea plantations and of course a fascinating culture. A holiday here can combine any number of these elements, and can be as busy or relaxing as you’d like.

Sri Lanka also offers excellent value – and a private tour tailored to your preferences provides you with the opportunity to focus on your interests and make the most of your time in this beautiful country.

 

 

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Sri Lanka – Including The North

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Sri Lanka has a history dating back to the birth of time.  It is a place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where the lands beauty remains abundant and unspoilt. Very few places in the world can offer the traveller such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location.

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Sri Lanka – Including The North

This itinerary would suit for your second visit to Sri Lanka or if you have more time and an interest in this fascinating area on the island. The North is dryer than the rest of Sri Lanka and has a distinct Tamil influence which gives you yet another dimension to this intriguing destination.

Day 1:   Mud House

Day 3:   Jaffna

Day 6:   Coast stay

Day 9:   Sigiriya

Day 12:   Kandy

Day 14:   Home or extend your tour to include much more of the island.

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This itinerary would suit for your second visit to Sri Lanka or if you have more time and an interest in this fascinating area on the island. The North is dryer than the rest of Sri Lanka and has a distinct Tamil influence which gives you yet another dimension to this intriguing destination.

 

Day 1

Your guide/driver will meet you once you have cleared immigration and head north from Colombo. For the bold there is an option to stay in a rustic lodge which has a great reputation for its food, most of which is grown in their grounds. However there are more traditional lodges who will welcome you just as well. A full day exploring Wilpattu National Park, which is much quieter than most of the other Parks and has good numbers of elephant, deer, leopard, crocs and a host of birds.

1 night in Wilpattu area

Day 3

On your way to the far north you will visit Anuradhapura, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka. The Dagobas (Stupa) here are huge, intricate and a feat of engineering especially when you consider when they were built. The lake here is man made and again built 2,500 years ago. Finally visit the Bo Tree – a truly holy place for Buddhists as it is claimed to have grown from a branch of the Bo tree under which Buddha received enlightenment.

As you cross on to the Jaffna Peninsula you pass through Elephant Pass where there is a museum about the recent civil war. Jaffna itself has a European fort that goes back to 1632 and over the next few days explore the beaches and Hindu Temples of the region, particularly at Point Pedro.

3 nights Jaffna

Day 6

Come down the east coast of Sri Lanka and you come to Trincomalee, one of the world’s biggest and safest natural harbours. Time to relax on silver sanded beaches. For the more energetic a trip out to Pigeon Island gives you wonderful diving and snorkelling opportunities.

3 nights North East coast/ Trincomalee

Day 9

Sigiriya is your next destination with its Lion Rock or “The Fortress in the Sky”. Here an ancient king built his palace on the top of an ancient volcanic plug and the ruins are spectacular with views around that encompass the surrounding country. The frescoes half way up the Rock are beautiful and amazingly fresh.

While here you can visit Polonnaruwa, another ancient capital if Sri Lanka with an excellent museum, a host of temples and array of Buddhas in different poses carved in to the rock. On the way back visit Minneriya National Park famous for being the home of elephant, buffalo, crocs and, if you are lucky, leopard.

3 nights Sigiriya

Day 12

Your final destination takes you in to the hills of Sri Lanka and another old capital Kandy. On the way up you will stop at Dambulla to visit the caves here that have several hundred statues of the Buddha of varying ages.

While in Kandy you will visit the Temple of the Tooth, the most holy place for Buddhist on the Island, which is close to a man made like to give a tranquil feel to the scene. If time allows visit the Botanic Gardens for a treat of orchids and tropical trees and plants.

2 nights Kandy

Day 14

Return to Colombo International Airport for your flight home.

Sigiriya Rock

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Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka

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Sigiriya Rock

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Walking along the perfectly preserved Dutch/Portuguese/British battlements of the Star Fort at Galle and gazing down on a turtle feeding on the seaweed just below. Then retiring to the shade of a restaurant in the town (unchnged exteriors) for a reviving glass of beer while watching the world go by.
 
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Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with a very interesting and documented history.  We had a very good driver who was also a very knowledgeable and excellent guide.  Nothing was too much trouble, and he even accompanied us on all of our outings including climbing the Sigiriya Rock and the Rock Mass at the Dambulla Caves.

(Mr & Mrs Rees – Feb 2017)

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Honeymoon in Sri Lanka

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As some of you know, I recently went to Sri   Lanka for just over 2 weeks on my honeymoon. This is my third visit here; the first being back in 1969 as a wandering teenager exploring the world. It was Julie’s first time here – a change from me dragging her to different parts of Africa.

 

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We truly loved it from that first breathe of extremely warm air when we got off the plane in Colombo to our final night in colonial splendour in the Galle Face Hotel. With a recorded history longer than ours, ancient ruined cities only rediscovered 150 years ago, fantastic food, beautiful beaches, more wildlife and sea life than you expect and very friendly people, what is there not to like.

 

 

 

There is a huge variety of experiences, climates, scenery and culture to explore and the option of staying in varying levels of accommodation, many of which allow you to explore the locality right outside your room.

  

 

  

Would I recommend Sri Lanka as a holiday destination – Yes I would and it will not be too long before Julie and I return (still so much more to explore)

Look out for more detailed bespoke ideas about touring Sri Lanka on our website or just give me a call to talk about this fabulous destination on 01323 446550 or email peter@experienceholidays.co.uk

Peter

 

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Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Sri Lanka offers excellent value – and a private tour tailor made to your preferences provides you with the opportunity to focus on your interests and make the most of your time in this beautiful country. This is one example of how a holiday to Sri Lanka may take shape    –   but do bear in mind it is only one bespoke option of many.

 

The historical and cultural attractions range from the World Heritage Listed Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the ruined city of Anuradhapura, the Dambulla Cave Temple, to the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya and the Royal Botanical Gardens near Kandy. Add to this the wildlife in Yala National Park – including elephants, leopards, crocodiles and wild buffalo, and a visit to the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage for an ‘up close’ experience with these wonderful animals, and you have a great diversity of attractions to enjoy. Completing the ‘tick list’ is a beach stay on one of Sri Lanka’s many beaches, with time to relax or to enjoy some watersports. Two weeks is ideal to visit the main regions, with additional time providing a chance to get off the beaten track or to travel at a more leisurely pace.

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Sri Lanka Itinerary

Sri Lanka offers excellent value – and a private tour tailor made to your preferences provides you with the opportunity to focus on your interests and make the most of your time in this beautiful country. This is one example of how a holiday to Sri Lanka may take shape – but do bear in mind it is only one bespoke option of many.

Day 1: Sigiriya

Day 5: Kandy

Day 8: Nuwara Eliya

Day 9: Yala National Park

Day 11: Beach Stay

Day 14: Colombo

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Day 1 – Sigiriya

Land into Colombo today, and transfer to Sigiriya for a four night stay. From Sigiriya there are plenty of attractions to visit by day – and four nights here will enable you to visit the main ones.

Four nights Sigiriya

Day 2 – Polonnaruwa

Visit Polonnaruwa today – this World Heritage Site was the capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th – 13th Centuries, and contains some spectacular statues. Tivanka and Thuparama are the most beautiful and largest Image Houses and Tivanka has the best example of frescoes of the Polonnaruwa period.

Day 3 – Sigiriya Rock Fortress

This morning climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress – a 5th Century World Heritage Site. On its summit are the foundations of the Royal Palace, along with delicate frescoes of 21 life-sized damsels. The Water Gardens, Fountain Garden, summerhouse, Boulder Gardens and Caves should not be missed.

Day 4 – Anuradhapura

This is perhaps the most celebrated of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined cities. It’s greatest treasures are its dagabas constructed of small sun-dried bricks and hemispherical in shape. The city’s most renowned relic is the sacred Bo-Tree, which is said to have grown from a branch of the tree under which the Buddha gained enlightenment. It was planted 2250 years ago and is the oldest historic tree in the world.

Day 5 – Kandy

Today, transfer to Kandy, visiting the Dambulla Cave Temple en route. The Dambulla Cave Temple is a vast isolated rock mass 500 feet high and a mile around the base. Continue to Kandy for a three-night stay. During your stay witness a cultural show featuring Sri Lankan dance.

Three nights Kandy

 Day 6 – Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

Visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, which was started in 1975 to hour abandoned and wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 40 now, including baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as the babies born, as a result of the captive breeding programme.

Day 7 – Temple of the Sacred Tooth & Royal Botanical Gardens

This morning visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession. This afternoon, visit the Royal Botanical Gardens – started in 1374 and encompassing 147 acres and more than 5000 species of tree and plants.

Day 8 – Nuwara Eliya

Visit a traditional tea plantation today en route to Nuwara Eliya – the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka and set against beautiful backdrops of mountains, valets, waterfalls and tea plantations.

One night Nuwara Eliya

 Day 9 – Yala National Park

Today your destination is Yala National Park for a two night stay. Yala is famous for its big herds and large numbers of elephants, leopards, spotted deer, sambhur, crocodiles, mongoose, wild boar, wild buffalo, and many other animals. More than 130 bird species are recorded which includes the resident and winter visitors. Take morning and afternoon safaris by 4×4 to view the fantastic wildlife here.

Two nights Yala

Day 11 – Beach

From Yala, head to the west coast of Sri Lanka for a stay on the beach. There are plenty of options to suit varying budgets. There are also possibilities for whale watching, with the best chance of sightings on the south west coast generally being during December and January.

Three nights Beach

 Day 14 – Colombo

Transfer to Colombo today – either flying straight home, or spending a night in the city beforehand. The old parliament, Colombo museum and the new parliament are a few key places that can be seen.

One night Colombo

From Sri Lanka, you might like to extend your holiday and visit the Maldives – a series of beautiful Atolls in the Indian Ocean.

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The Sigiriya Rock is located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka.  The rock stands 200ft high and a 10-20 minute climb up the side will get you to the top and see the eighth wonder of the world an ancient stone fortress.

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