The island nation of Sri Lanka is a land of beauty with white sandy beaches along the Indian Ocean, tropical lagoons, lush greenery, amazing wildlife and home to Theravada Buddhism. Its pageants and processions date back more than 2,500 years from the bustling city of Colombo to the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa and to the World Heritage City of Kandy with its surrounding tea plantations. Sri Lanka was also among the “Spice Islands,” found by navigators who exported cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg and cloves to wealthy Europeans. Here you will thrill to festivals featuring dancing, drumming, costumed dignitaries and parading elephants.
On our Sri Lanka Tours you’ll enjoy the magnificent Cultural Triangle: Anuradhapura, Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa, Dambulla and the Golden Temple, Kandy with a Kandyan Dance Performace and attendance at Dalada Maligawa - where the sacred tooth relic of Buddha is preserved. One exciting experience is getting up-close to the amazing wild elephants at bathing time. Another highlight is the Sri Maha Bodhi, the oldest historically documented tree in the world, dating back over 2000 years, said to originate from the tree under which Prince Siddhartha meditated in Bodhgaya India after which he attained enlightenment and became known as The Buddha.
The February tour attends Navam Perahara, an exciting colorful procession with decorated elephants, traditional music and dance.
The extended 11-day tour continues to Yala and Galle visiting historic sites, a wildlife park, small villages and Buddhist shrines.
Journey to Sri Lanka on one of our fabulous small group Sri Lanka tours, or create your own custom journey with the help of our expert Sri Lanka travel specialists.