Blessed with a rich wealth of scenic beauty, natural bounty and World Heritage treasures, Sri Lanka is an island of quite exceptional scope and splendour. Home to the Sinhalese since the late 6th century BC and colonised by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British, it was once described as the finest island in the world.
This exciting adventure takes us to the heart of this extraordinary setting, affording us the opportunity to visit some of its most iconic highlights including the rock-cut fortress of Sigiriya and the UNESCO riches of Kandy, Dambulla and Polonnaruwa. With a chance to climb to the summit of Adam’s Peak and explore the misty grasslands of the Horton Plains, we’ll also discover some of the country’s most breathtaking natural wonders, whilst a visit with the ancient Vedda tribe of Dambana provides a unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of Sri Lanka’s last remaining indigenous people.
Ending the journey on Sri Lanka’s beautiful south coast, we’ll then get an opportunity to explore the colonial grandeur of Galle and enjoy some downtime overlooking the waters of the Indian Ocean, before returning to Colombo for our final night.
Tours that fall into this category are likely to involve at least a few challenging days and are often in destinations where tourism is still in its infancy.
You can typically expect most nights to be spent in comfortable and often characterful accommodation, making your overnight stays a real highlight of the trip.
These tours will typically involve a couple of days of easy/moderate trekking (3-5 hrs/day) or perhaps a more active approach to a cultural itinerary. For riding trips see the Riding Information section
With this rating, you can typically expect a tour with a strong focus on culture. Depending on the trip this could involve exploring ancient sites, medieval architecture, ethnographic museums and/or having tribal encounters.
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Travel to Sri Lanka at almost any time of year – the double monsoon system means there is always a good part of the island to be in.