Sri Lanka: A Guided Small Group Tour
Soul of Sri Lanka tour
Journey through history from delightful Colombo, with its contemporary cafes and art galleries, to Anuradhapura, the first capital of Sri Lanka from the 3rd century BC.
Our small group tour visits the enchanting medieval capital of Polonnaruwa and Sigirya, a 5th century palatial complex of caved temples and Asia’s oldest surviving landscaped gardens.
Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage City, is surrounded by mountains, green velvet tea plantations and the Mahaweli River. It is a fascinating city rich in cultural heritage, arts and crafts, music and dance. Enjoy the beauty of Kandy’s historic architecture, including ancient religious monuments still in use.
During our Kandy tour, we visit museums and art galleries as well as revered sites such as the Sri Maha Boddhi, the oldest historically documented tree in the world, dating back over 2000 years.
We attend the traditional puja ceremony at Dalada Maligawa Temple, where the Tooth Relic of the Buddha is displayed.
Another highlight is a visit to the Kandyan Dance Foundation and are treated to demonstrations.
Our tour continues to the hill country of Nuwara Eliya and then travels into rural villages Ella, Wellawaya and Yala.
Embark on a safari at Ruhunu National Park, a section of Yala National Park. This is the second largest of Sri Lanka’s National Parks. Its’ open undulating terrain has been known for elephants for many years. However, recently the park has received much publicity from National Geographic and the Discovery TV channels for its’ focus on a leopard research/conservation and identification project. Claims have subsequently been made that Yala National Park has the world’s highest concentration of leopard per square kilometer.
The tour culminates at the southern tip of Sri Lanka, the historic town of Galle. This award winning World Heritage fortified township was an essential port of call for Chinese, Persian, Arab and Indian traders. Javanese and Sumatrans came later followed by Marco Polo in 1299 AD.
In January, the tour includes attending the traditional festival Kelaniya Duruthu Maha Perahara (festival). This is an exciting grand procession with dancers, fire performers and over 60 decorated elephants.
SRI LANKA TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
- Attend an ancient traditional Perahara (festival) with the locals. January-February tour only
- Visit the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka: Anuradhpura, Polonnaruwa, Sigirya and Dambulla
- Explore the World Heritage City of Kandy and see traditional Kandyan dance performances
- Attend puja at the Dalada Maligawa where the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha is preserved
- Exclusive invitations to meet with respected artistic professionals
- Exclusive invitations to visit and lunch at the country home of the renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa
- Private experience to wash elephants with their mahouts
Full moon poya parade in Colombo