Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a lush, tropical island paradise, known to Arab traders as Serendib – hence "serendipity", meaning discovery by happy accident. Set in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, the tropical island nation of 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 nature’s beauty remains abundant and un-spoilt.

There are 8 world Heritage sites in Sri Lanka. The 3 ancient and magnificent cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya were inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list is 1982 followed by Galle, Kandy, and the Sinharaja Forest Reserve in 1988. The Golden Temple of Dambulla in 1991 and finally the Central highlands were added in 2010. These places of historical and natural significance are not to be missed for any visitor to Sri Lanka.

Being an ancient kingdom, Sri Lanka has preserved its most precious treasures, its culture and tradition. An integral part of this is its cuisine. Sri Lankan cuisine has many influences from varied destinations such as North and South India, Persia, Malaysia, Holland and Portugal. Rice, which is usually consumed daily, can be found at any special occasion, while spicy curries are a favorite dish for lunch and dinner. Fish curry is a particular specialty.

Having a history marked by four centuries of colonial rule, the country still manages to safeguard remnants from the past in their original grandeur. Some of the more renowned historic sites are the Galle Fort built originally by the Portuguese, Colombo Harbour and the ancient city of Polonnaruwa all confirm Sri Lanka’s ancient and colourful past. The rock temple of the Buddha, Gal Vihara is one of the finest examples of the religious heritage. Temples play an important part in everyday life and a visit to one should be a must for all visitors.

Sri Lanka’s wildlife is as varied as the island itself, ranging from elephants and leopards to Whales – it is the only place in the world to find all three in such close proximity. Sri Lanka is ranked amongst the world’s best biodiversity hot spots. As a country with a high rate of endemism, it has many groups of animals including birds, mammal, reptiles and amphibians which can’t be found anywhere in the world. With over 12 per cent of the country designated for wildlife protection it is easy to get a taste of Sri Lankan wildlife

What's Included

• Accommodation in hotels specified in the itinerary or in hotels 
• Meals on Half board basis commencing with dinner on day 01 and ending with Breakfast on Day 10.
• Air conditioned vehicle along with the services of an English speaking driver guide from arrival up to your beach stay. (Not at disposal during the beach stay) 
• English speaking driver for your departure transfer on last day.
• Entrance fees to Udawattakele Forest Reserve, Kandy Temple of the Tooth, Dambulla Cave Temple, Medieval city Polonnaruwa and Minneriya National Park, Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
• One 4x4 Jeep safari at Minneriya National Park
• One village life experience at Hiriwadunna with lunch
• All applicable current local taxes
 

What's Not Included

• Expenses of personal nature
• Cost of beverages
• Porterage & Tips
• Early Check-in/ Late Check-out
 

 

Total from
£1,862.00
PP

Based on: Departures from London Heathrow (LHR)

Travel Dates:
01 Sept – 10 Dec 2020





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