Does spending ten days wandering around World Heritage Sites, visiting exquisite tea plantations and exploring an island once described by Marco Polo as “the finest island of its size in the world” sound like it would float your boat? Well, look no further.
Swap the gloomy, grey clouds of Britain for the glistening sun of Sri Lanka, an exotic island found at the tip of India, whose breathtaking beauty will have you begging for more by the end. Experience not only spectacular safaris and pristine beaches, but also a fascinating culture of honest, hard-working people whose love for their island runs deeper than you could possibly imagine.
Whether your idea of a perfect holiday is to be firmly planted on a sunbed sipping Daiquiris until nightfall, or perhaps tearing up the wilderness while trying your hand at some adventure sports, exotic Sri Lanka has something for every traveler.
Trekking, hiking and supervised dives under the deep, blue surf are on offer for any thrill-seekers out there, and an Ayuryedic wellness holiday may well be overdue for some of you who are looking to unwind from the hustle and bustle of back home. Even business trips don’t have to be all work and no play when visiting Sri Lanka. Our package not only includes excursions, hotels, transfers and dances, but also heritage train rides, bullock cart rides, cooking classes and massages.
Lonely Planet describes Sri Lanka as “endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, rolling surf, fun trains and famous tea.” Why don’t you see if they’re right?
The first 4 nights of your holiday will be spent amidst skyscrapers and top-class shopping malls in Dubai. Dubai is in every person’s bucket list and it is no surprise why. Whether it is the Palm Jumeirah or the Burj Khalifa, there is so much that Dubai has to offer. Buildings, the likes of which you have never seen before, greet you in Dubai like no other city in the world. While Dubai might seem like it is all about gold, splendour, shopping, and architecture, there is a lot more to explore in Dubai. Its rich cultural heritage, culinary delights, and wide range of attractions are worth exploring.
For a complete change of scenery, you’ll spend your final 5 nights in Sri Lanka. Bursting with beaches and temples, blessed with wonderful wildlife, packed with UNESCO-listed sites and filled with friendly faces and fascinating culture, Sri Lanka is a vibrant place to visit. A trip to this amazing island near the Indian subcontinent will give you memories that last for a lifetime.
During your five nights’ stay in Sri Lanka, it is safe to say you’ll be spoilt for choice. The island offers a wide range of activities for every type of traveler, whether you are somebody who likes to keep cool as a cucumber poolside with a mojito in hand, or perhaps a secret thrill-seeker at heart whose idea of a perfect holiday involves a bit of rock climbing or a splash of water sports. Our package not only includes excursions, hotels, transfers and dances, but also heritage train rides, bullock cart rides, cooking classes and massages.
The adventure of a lifetime begins in Sri Lanka’s Capital Colombo, a port city, with a rich colonial heritage, religions and cultures. Then you will visit Sigiriya, a historical ancient city sprinkled with royal palaces, Buddhist frescoes and World Heritage Sites. Spend 2 nights’ in Kandy, one of the cultural hubs of the island which also houses the famous Temple of the Tooth, the Matale Spice Gardens as well as Kandy Lake which you will drive around in the evening. No need to fret though, after such a jam-packed day, you’ll be able to rest your weary feet at at Amaya Hills, Kandy.
Next, prepare to be whisked off on a memorable train ride in Sri Lanka’s most popular hill station, Nuwara Eliya through tea plantations, twisting and turning through the mountain tunnels high up in the fluffy clouds. Catch a flight from Colombo to Malé where you’ll be transferred to your Certificate of Excellence Hotel in true A-list style, via speedboat.
There is no better place to relax and wind down than in one of the most stunning corners of the world, the Maldives. In Maldives, your stay will be at Makunudu Island Resort. A 50-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport, Makunudu Island sweeps you into the warm embrace of an original Maldivian retreat. The 6-acre Makunudu Island is a tropical beachfront getaway, steps from spectacular dive spots.
Lying southwest of the Bay of Bengal and southeast of the Arabian Sea, you’ll find the island country of Sri Lanka, dubbed the “finest island of its size in the world” by Marco Polo. Think rolling landscapes interspersed with a heavenly shoreline which is tickled by turquoise-coloured waters, home to many different aquatic species.
Your first stop will be the small city of Habarana, gateway to the Habarana Jungle and hot spot for safari outings. Enjoy an elephant back ride, explore the hidden crevices of the Dambulla cave complex and then visit the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya, a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres high which boasts UNESCO World Heritage status.
Travel next to Anuradhapura, the capital city of the North Central Province and famous for its ancient ruins which have earned its place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. A heavy dose of history awaits you at the Bodhi Tree Temple, a complex containing the oldest historically authenticated tree in the world and vibrating with the chirp of monks and worshipers who swarm to the second most sacred place in all of Sri Lanka.
After goggling some of Anuradhapura’s stunning architectural centre-pieces, including the Brazen Palace and Ruwanweli Seya, prepare to be utterly spoiled as we whisk you off to yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site called Polonnaruwa. As the capital of the island between the 10th and 12th centuries A.D., Polonnaruwa has been declared the second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms. What does this mean for you? Picture humungous man-made reservoirs, unspoiled monuments and time-worn temple complexes which radiate beneath the sun’s glow…
Next, you will visit the urban buzz of the city of Kandy, the last capital of the ancient kings’ era of Sri Lanka and replete with age-old places of worship and leafy-green tropical rain forest terrain. Arguably, Kandy’s must-see attraction is the Temple of the Tooth, home to a tooth relic of the Lord Buddha and therefore one of the holiest shrines of the island.
After stopping off at the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya, make your way to the small backpacker-hub of Ella on the southern edge of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country. Here, you’ll enjoy excursions to the Horton Plains, Ruwana Waterfall and Yala National Park before venturing to a Turtle Conservation Project.
Weligama is very swimming friendly as well as being popular with surfers. It is also one of the best places in Sri Lanka to learn surfing. Weligama offers plenty of other opportunities for water sports.
After a relaxing three nights’ stay in Weligama, the last night of your tour will be spent in the sprawling city of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s financial and commercial capital. Boasting a vibrant atmosphere and bustling streets filled with a mixture of colonial buildings, ruins and modern shopping districts, Colombo attracts culture-vultures and history-buffs alike.