Guided Walking Holidays - Explore Ceylon On Foot
After the recent tragic events in Sri Lanka the British Foreign Office has issued travel restrictions to Sri Lanka. Ramblers Walking Holidays understands this is a temporary situation. Currently we do not anticipate the travel restrictions affecting our next holidays scheduled for October.
This is an intriguing, spectacular and welcoming country, an emerald teardrop falling from the Indian subcontinent, Sri Lanka speaks to your senses. Be captivated by the sight of elephants playing in Udawalawe National Park, listen to exotic birds calling in the rainforest, walk through sweet smelling tea plantations and breathe in the fresh ocean air from a sunset walk on the beach.
We fly to Colombo before heading north to Habarana to visit the sacred archaeological sites at Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya, places which developed under Buddhism in the years before Christ.
Kandy’s exotic streets are full of interest, with bazaars and temples including the Temple of the Tooth, one of Buddhism’s holiest sites. A highlight might be the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, 147 acres of variety of trees, plants and flowers.
We head south again to the mountain region around Bandarawela: 19th century colonial Britain transposed to Ceylon. This is the centre of tea production and we’ll visit a plantation. Sri Lankans will tell you this is the area that produces the world’s finest tea. We also walk to Lipton’s seat for fine views and discover the Horton Plains, Sri Lanka’s highest plateau.
Continuing south through the mountains, we travel by train to Pattipola and on to Udawalawe for a National Park Game Drive. We take local walks including a visit to one of the last remaining regions of natural rain forest. We have a brief stop at the colonial city of Galle (‘Gaul’), with time at a beach hotel. Our final night in Sri Lanka is spent in Colombo with time to see the capital.