Tour of Sri Lanka’s Jungles, Ancient Ruins, and Coastal Villages
Named one of the Hottest Travel Destinations of 2012 by Travel + Leisure, Sri Lanka has become one of the world's fastest-growing economies and tourist hotspots. And it's easy to see why—with the country’s new prolonged period of peace, visitors have come to Sri Lanka to explore the island's palm-studded beaches, lush jungles, and a rich culture of 2,000-year-old ruins and hillside tea plantations. From Sigiriya’s ancient cave art to Kalutara’s turtle hatchery, NewXplorer.com's 10-day, 9-night Sri Lanka Adventure delves into the country's cultural attractions with an English-speaking guide and four-star hotel stays included.
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Day 1: Upon arrival in Bandaranaike International Airport, a travel representative will greet you and arrange transportation to Global Towers—a beachfront hotel in Sri Lanka’s largest city, Colombo. The first day includes an overnight stay as well as a city tour, where you’ll find the most urban activity in an otherwise rural country.
Days 2–4: From Colombo, the tour group heads to the ancient city of Sigiriya, where the mouth of gigantic brick-and-plaster lion makes up the entrance of a fortress. Some of the remnants of this former palace and Buddhist monastery include frescoes painted on granite rocks and water gardens decked with fountains and canals. Afterward, bike through the 12th-century medieval kingdom of Polonnaruwa, then take a nighttime jeep safari into Minneriya National Park, a scrub and light forest rife with toque macaque monkeys, leopards, and other wildlife. Each day's adventure is complimented by the modern accommodations of Kassapa Lions Rock hotel.
Days 5–6: Continuing through the mountainous Central Province, you’ll tour the Matale’s spice gardens and Buddhist cave temples of Dambulla. While in Kandy, visitors witness a daily ritual in the 16th-century Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic honoring Buddha with flutes, trumpets, and drums. Other highlights include a hike through a plantation with an up-close look at Sri Lankan’s Ceylon-tea production—one of the country’s main sources of pride after its Indian-style cuisine and cricket-playing elephants.
Days 7–10: While staying in the west coast town of Kalutara, spend three nights at the The Sands, an oceanfront hotel with tropical gardens. Known for its golden, palm-fringed beaches, Kalutara is also a fishing community, and tours will visit the harbor as well as offer an optional excursion to the Kosgoda turtle hatchery, where fishermen bring eggs of endangered species for safe hatching. There, tanks display newborn hawksbill, loggerhead, and leatherback turtles that are raised onsite before being released into the sea.
On the last day you’ll head back to Colombo and transfer to the airport for return flights.
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