Tour of Sri Lanka – 10 Days

TRIP OVERVIEW: FROM $3565CAD

A 6am balloon ride will let you see all the best sitesKnown by a flotilla of aliases, the Resplendent Isle is one of gorgeous beaches, tea plantations and ancient cities. Scuba dive, visit an elephant orphanage and a lagoon of singing fish, explore dense jungle, shrines and temples. Situated just 20 miles off India, the island formerly known as Ceylon is home to 20 million people and six World Heritage sites.

This 10-day tour of Sri Lanka is full of activity on a tour that includes stunning temples, ancient ruins, wildlife, scenery, waterfalls, and an optional balloon ride.

CHILAW AND ANURADHAPURA

negombo munneswaram temple ancient ruins anuradhapuraMunneswaram Temple at Chilaw, is a revered Hindu temple. Legend has it that it was on this site that King Ayodyha prayed to Shiva following his war with the demon king Ravana. The temple complex consists of 5 temples, the largest being the one dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka and is famous for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization. The city, now a World Heritage site, was the centre of Theravada Buddhism in Asia for many centuries.

POLONNARUWA, SIGIRIYA AND DAMBULLA

Picture of Polonnaruwa sigiriya dambulla rock templePolonnaruwa became the capital of Sri Lanka in the 10th century AD and remains one of the best planned archaeological relic cities in the country. Its beauty was also used as a backdrop to film scenes for the Duran Duran music video Save a Prayer in 1982. The ancient city of Polonnaruwa has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sigiriya is a World Heritage Site, built by King Kashyapa (473 -491 AD). The Lion rock is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the jungle. The base of the rock is ringed by a moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens.

Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Major attractions are spread over 5caves, which contain statues and paintings related to Buddha and his life.

BALLOON RIDE, AUKANA, KANDY AND CULTURAL SHOW

Composite picture of balloon ride buddha statue cultural ceremony sri lanka kandyA 1hour Balloon Ride at 6am will let you see all of the area’s great attractions and breathtaking views. Float over Sigiriya, see jungle wildlife waking up, water buffaloes standing in the paddy fields and monkeys swinging from the trees.

The Buddha statue at Aukana is the tallest ancient Buddha statue in Sri Lanka and rises to a height off 11.36 metres.

The drive to Kandy is along a steep, meandering road which gives amazing views of lush forests and hills. Photographers will love this drive!

A cultural show in the evening will feature various dances, costumes and music which depict the history and culture of the island.

PEREDINIYA BOTANICAL GARDENS AND TEA FACTORY

composite picture kandy to yala sri lanka tea factory ramboda falls and perediniya gardensThe Botanical Gardens at Perediniya cover 60ha (150acres) of trees, lawns and flowers.

Under British rule, the royal park became a botanical garden in 1821. Exotic crops such as coffee, tea, nutmeg, rubber and cinchona (quinine) – all of which later became important to Sri Lanka’s economy – were tested. The British started cultivating coffee in Sri Lanka in the mid 1800s but after a bacteria wiped out coffee plants in the 1860s, the British turned to growing tea.

In 1867 James Taylor built the first tea factory and over the years, many more factories followed. In many factories, much of the heavy machinery still dates back to the British period. Visiting a Sri Lanka tea factory enables you to see, smell, taste and touch the tea at every stage of the production process and get an understanding of why certain teas taste as they do.

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