Sight-seeing tours can be arranged to suit your interests, choices include the Rock Temple and Caves of Dambulla dating back to the 1st & 2nd century BC, containing significant statues and paintings; the world heritage site of Sigiriya Rock Fortress with its famous frescoes; the ancient capitals of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa form part of the impressive ‘Cultural Triangle’.
Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium is one of the country’s many fine cricket grounds and regularly hosts important matches. If you time your visit to coincide with the cricketing fixtures we will have you at the ground in 30 minutes or to the Kandy venue in 75 minutes.
A visit to the East coast would take in Trincomalee, the finest natural deep sea port in the Indian Ocean and home of the Sri Lankan navy. Overnight stays can be arranged on the coast. Swimming on this side of the island is considered the finest, with clear water, few waves and no strong under-tow, which is usual on the West coast.
No stay in Sri Lanka is complete without a day visit to the ancient capital of Kandy, home to the Temple of the Tooth and famous Perahera which takes place annually in July/August. While there take the time to visit the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens and gaze in awe at the beauty of over 300 varieties of Orchid housed there.
To experience the cooler climes of the Hill Country, visit Nuwara Eliya, founded in the 19th century & known as ‘little England’, it was a favourite with the British Civil Servants and Planters in Ceylon. Today it is considered as the finest supplier of Orange Pekoe Tea and many tea factories are to be found in the area. Due to its cooler, more European climate, the majority of fresh vegetables grown on the island come mainly from this region. The gardens abound in roses, dahlias, lobelia and geraniums.
Delight in the sight of over 60 elephants bathing in the river at Pinnawela and join the animals at feeding time in the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, where you may get to feed one of the babies with its milk bottle!
For keen golfers, we can arrange a round at the much acclaimed Victoria Golf Course, Digana, named amongst the world’s top 100 most beautiful courses or a visit to the hill country town of Nuwara Eliya in the heart of the tea growing area, whose golf course was built by British servicemen in 1889. An overnight stay in Colombo to take in a round at the Royal Colombo Golf Course and shopping in the modern city can easily be arranged.
If you are spending a long holiday with us, we can arrange a 2/3 day trip to the Southern area of the island to experience Safaris at Yala game reserve. There are more Leopards per acre in Sri Lanka than in most parts of Africa. Amongst other animals you are likely to see at Yala are elephants, deer, crocodile, monkeys, porcupines & bear. It is also a ‘twitchers’ paradise’ with numerous varieties of birds to spot.
As a final choice you may care to make your holiday in Sri Lanka a dual resort stay. We will be happy to assist in planning your itinerary and accommodation in a suitable boutique hotel on the south coast.