Formerly known as Ceylon, this small island nation to the south of India is 70% Buddhist. Most of the land is at and rolling and supports coffee, tea, and rubber plantations. But Sri Lanka is best known for its idyllic, palm-fringed beaches, ancient cities, and never-ending festivals. Explore Sri Lanka on this small group tour and you will notice there is a carnival-like atmosphere to everyday life. Spectacles abound. Fabulously painted elephants lumber along beside brass bands and boys on stilts. Fishermen drop their sails and deposit loads of shimmering fish on the sand. And everyone pauses to watch the blazing sunsets at the day’s end.
Day 1 Arrival
Welcome to Sri Lanka!
Day 2 Habarana | Minneriya National Park
Visit Habarana in the heart of the “Golden Triangle” of UNESCO World Heritage sites and later enjoy a jeep safari in Minneriya National Park to spot elephants.
Day 3 Anuradhapura
Anuradhapura, the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka, and home of two World Heritage sites.
Day 4 Lion Rock
Climb the 5th-century rock fortress built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD), a World Heritage site known as the “Lion Rock.”
Day 5 Polonnurawa
Continue your small group tour of Sri Lanka by visiting Polonnurawa’s ancient ruins, monuments, and temples. Watch a local wood carver practice his art.
Day 6 Kandu
Drive to Kandu to visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, the most sacred of Buddhist sites in Sri Lanka today.
Day 7 Kandy
Explore Kandy’s Royal Botanical Gardens and the local bazaar and town.
Day 8 Nuwara Eliya
Enjoy a dramatic train ride to Nuwara Eliya.
Day 9 Horton Plains
Enjoy an excursion to Horton Plains with an escarpment with a depth of nearly 3,000 feet, called World’s End and Baker’s Falls.
Days 10-11 Yala National Park
Visit Yala National Park.
Day 12 Sinharaja Rainforest
Explore Sinharaja Rainforest, the last remaining virgin rainforest in Sri Lanka.
Day 13 Koggala | Colombo
As this tour of Sri Lanka nears its end, visit a turtle hatchery in Koggala before returning to Colombo.
Day 14 Departure
Trip Dates & Pricing
Dates:Nov 12, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017
Feb 18, 2018 - Mar 3, 2018
This trip is suitable for all travelers. It is intended for adventurers looking to explore the culture of Sri Lanka.