An emerald teardrop falling from the Indian subcontinent, Sri Lanka speaks to your senses. Be captivated by the sight of elephants playing in Udawalawe National Park, listen to exotic birds calling in the rainforest, run your hands across vibrant, green tea leaves as you walk through sweet smelling plantations and breathe in the fresh ocean air from a sunset walk on the beach.
We fly into Colombo with time for rest before heading north to visit the sacred archaeological sites at Polonnaruwa and magnificent Sigiriya, places which developed under Buddhism in the years before Christ.
Kandy’s exotic streets are full of interest, with bazaars and temples including the Temple of the Tooth, one of Buddhism’s holiest sites.
We head south again to the mountain region of Nuwara Eliya: 19th century colonial Britain transposed to Ceylon. This is the centre of tea production and we’ll visit a plantation. Continuing south through the mountains we travel by train to Pattipola and on to Udawalawe for a game drive in the National Park, where you can see elephants. We take in local walks including a visit to one of the last remaining regions of natural rain forest.
We have time at a beach hotel to enjoy a little R&R after a busy and fascinating itinerary. From here we include a trip to the colonial city of Galle (pronounced ‘Gaul’), a fascinating and beautifully situated city. Our final night in Sri Lanka is spent in Colombo and we have plenty of time to see the highlights of the capital.
On two days the walks will be longer and over more demanding terrain.