On our tours to Sri Lanka we journey through history from Colombo to the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa, visiting World Heritage site Anuradhapura and on to the World Heritage city of Kandy. We continue to the Hill Country, the lush Yala Wildlife Park and historic Galle. We'll visit beautiful ancient villages, archaeological sites and jewels of the Buddhist culture. The tour includes exclusive invitations to meet with a renown local artist, an author; and visit the country home of the renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. January tour with Perahara Festival.Group Departure: February & November Duration: 16 days Priced From: $4615 (USD)
The island nation of Sri Lanka is a land of beauty with white sandy beaches along the Indian Ocean, tropical lagoons, lush greenery, amazing wildlife and home to Theravada Buddhism. Its pageants and processions date back more than 2,500 years from the bustling city of Colombo to the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa and to the World Heritage City of Kandy with its surrounding tea plantations. Sri Lanka was also among the “Spice Islands,” found by navigators who exported cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg and cloves to wealthy Europeans. Here you will thrill to festivals featuring dancing, drumming, costumed dignitaries and parading elephants.
On our Sri Lanka Tours you’ll enjoy the magnificent Cultural Triangle: Anuradhapura, Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa, Dambulla and the Golden Temple, Kandy with attendance at Dalada Maligawa – where the sacred tooth relic of Buddha is preserved. One exciting experience is getting up-close to the amazing wild elephants at bathing time. Another highlight is the Sri Maha Bodhi, the oldest historically documented tree in the world, dating back over 2000 years, said to originate from the tree under which Prince Siddhartha meditated in Bodhgaya India after which he attained enlightenment and became known as The Buddha.
The February tour attends Navam Perahara, an exciting colorful procession with decorated elephants, traditional music and dance.
The tour continues to the Hill Country, then south to Yala and Galle visiting historic sites, small villages and Buddhist shrines.
Journey to Sri Lanka on one of our fabulous small group Sri Lanka tours, or create your own custom journey with the help of our expert Sri Lanka travel specialists.