An insistent, deep rumbling penetrates the early morning mist. The sound of elephants. You strain your ears to pick out other sounds – unfamiliar birdsong, strange animal cries – monkeys? The rising sun clears the horizon, and the landscape’s natural abundance unfolds before you. Exotic scents, both spicy and floral, rise from the verdant vegetation. Hillsides lush with the emerald green of tea plantations stretch out before you, touching the blue horizon. Women, brilliant in jewel-coloured saris, chat happily as they nimbly pluck the leaves, and flash you shy smiles as you wander past. Breathe in – you’re in Sri Lanka.
This teardrop-shaped island used to be known as ‘Serendip’, the land of happy discoveries, and there is so much waiting for you to uncover on your Chapters Experience Holiday in Sri Lanka. Vibrant, exotic towns, sacred archaeological sites, rainforests, mountains and tropical beaches await you. And this is a naturalist’s paradise, with 430 species of outstanding birdlife. And who knows, in this land of happy chances, you might even be lucky enough to encounter rare leopards and sloth bears – even the huge Blue Whale.