Exploring the colour, history, culture and wildlife of Sri Lanka.
Guided Walking Holidays - Explore Ceylon On Foot
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. Descending from the highlands we reach Udawalawe for a game drive in the National Park, where you can see elephants. We take in 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’), a fascinating and beautifully situated city, with time at a beach hotel to enjoy a little R&R after a fascinating itinerary. Our final night in Sri Lanka is spent in Colombo with plenty of time to see the highlights of the capital.