Destination: Sri Lanka
Duration: 15 days
Group size: 10+
Dates: 4th – 18th February 2017
Cost: £1700 + international flight (approx. £431 with Emirates from Birmingham)
Sri Lanka sits in the Indian Ocean like a tear drop falling from India, a giant pearl in clear waters. It is a country blessed with so many natural treasures, myriads of butterflies, exotic birds and colourful, exhuberant flowers, magnificent animals, forests, mountains, tea plantations, pristine beaches. It is a country steeped in history and legend, with ancient relics from past cultures, with stories to stimulate the imagination, a country of shrines and temples. Most importantly it is home to a people who are amongst the most welcoming and friendly on the planet, always a winning smile. To complete the picture, they have some great food.
This is not a walking holiday but more a sensory immersion into a culture and a way of life very different from our own, this is an opportunity to experience some of the treasures that, when put together in a trip like this, make Sri Lanka what it is, a tropical jewel.
Some of the highlights of this trip are:
Sigiriya is one of the most valuable historical monuments of Sri Lanka. Sigiriya rock plateau, formed from magma of an extinct volcano, is 200 meters higher than the surrounding jungles. Its view astonishes the visitors with the unique harmony between the nature and human imagination. The fortress complex includes remnants of a ruined palace, surrounded by an extensive network of fortifications, vast gardens, ponds, canals, alleys and fountains.
Kandy is a large city in central Sri Lanka. It’s set on a plateau surrounded by mountains, which are home to tea plantations and biodiverse rainforest. The city’s heart is scenic Kandy Lake (Bogambara Lake), popular for strolling. It’s famed for its sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) shrine, and for its Esala Perahera annual procession.
Yala National Park This is leopard country, and they are the Lords of the Jungle! With a leopard density that’s higher than anywhere else on this planet, these menacing predators prowl majestically in Yala, while elephants roam in their numbers with cautious deer scampering by their side.
Deniyaya Dripping with mystery, the Sinharaja Rainforest offers a true adventure for the curious and adventure-hungry traveler. From top to toe the forest resonates with life, colour and sound as fluttering butterflies intercept beams of pristine sunshine that crisscross the forest floor. Trekking through this tropical jungle, the last surviving stretch of virgin rainforest on the island is an experience of a lifetime.
Our trip ends at the beach resort of Hikkaduwa, situated 98 km from Colombo towards the south of Sri Lanka. Snorkelling and diving in the clear waters are a major past-time along this stretch and is the most environmentally friendly way to see the colourful fish that dart around. The coral sanctuary found along the coast of Hikkaduwa is a large shallow body of water enclosed by a reef, decorated with layers of multi coloured corals, and is home to countless numbers of vibrantly coloured fish. Off the beach there is a collection of small islets surrounded by beautiful coral formations. Many species of fish and large turtles are found here. Enjoying the warm water or just lazing on the beach, eating fresh food from the sea is an ideal way to relax before the journey home.