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Sri Lanka Tours

Sri Lanka, or Ceylon as it was known for many years, is an ancient land with a recorded history that began around 4th century BC when people settled in Anuradhapura. History, however, is just one small part of what this country has to offer. Breathtaking landscapes, a calm yet dynamic culture, and warm hospitality, influenced by Buddhism, is a large part of what one will experience on this island off the coast of India. Explore Buddhist and Hindu temples, lush green tea estates, sandy beaches and rich culture on this enchanting island.

When to Visit Sri Lanka Seychelles
Out of season travel has its advantages - not only do the crowds go away but many airfares and accommodation prices go right down. Nor does it rain all the time. Reefs may protect a beach area and make swimming quite feasible at places like Hikkaduwa, which during the monsoon can be quite pleasant. Climatically the driest and best seasons are from December to March on the west and south coasts and in the hill country, and from May to September on the east coast. December to March is also the time when most foreign tourists come, the majority of them escaping the European winter.

Attraction in Sri Lanka Seychelles
» Colombo
Thankfully, the breakdowns, snarled traffic and power cuts are received with a shrug and a smile. Colombo, the island's largest city, is noisy, frenetic - and just a little crazy. While the city holds less obvious interest than many other parts of the island, it's still colourful and worth a look. To the north of the centre is the Fort district, the country's business centre. South is Galle Face Green, a seafront expanse of occasional green graced by cricket games and trysting lovers.

» Anuradhapura
Anuradhapura is Sri Lanka's first capital, a potent symbol of Sinhalese power, and the most extensive and important of Sri Lanka's ancient cities. It became a capital in 380 BC and for over 1000 years Sinhalese kings ruled from this great city. The Sacred Bo-Tree is the city's holiest site, and was grown from the tree under which Buddha achieved enlightenment. The Thuparama Dagoba, the oldest of the many temples in Anuradhapura, is believed to contain the right collar-bone of Buddha.

» Kandy
It has a distinctive architectural character and the town centre is a delightful compendium of old shops, buses, markets and hotels. The laidback 'capital' of the hill country, and the historical bastion of Buddhist power, is built around a peaceful lake and set in a picturesque bowl of hills. Its standout attraction is the octagonal Dalada Maligawa, a temple which houses Sri Lanka's most important religious relic - the sacred tooth of Buddha. There are daily ceremonies of homage to the Tooth Relic, each attracting white-clad pilgrims carrying lotus blossoms and frangipani.

» Galle
The 36ha (89ac) Dutch Fort, built in 1663, has withstood the ravages of time. Its massive ramparts surround the promontory that forms the older part of Galle, and shelters within its walls sturdy Dutch houses, museums and churches. The port of Galle, thought by some to be the Biblical city of Tarshish, splendidly illustrates the solidity of the Dutch presence in Sri Lanka. The New Oriental Hotel, built for Dutch governors in 1684, is a colonial gem with a wonderfully atmospheric bar.

» Hikkaduwa
Hikkaduwa has been severely affected by the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 26 December 2004. The area has suffered extensive damage and loss of life. Infrastructure is slowly being rebuilt and services restored but check with the relevant authorities before travelling to the area in the immediate future. Hikkaduwa is the island's most developed beach resort. It has a range of accommodation, good restaurants and pleasant cafe-lined beaches. There's good snorkelling at an attractive and easily accessible coral sanctuary, scuba diving at a number of wrecks in the bay, tours by glass-bottomed boats and pretty good surfing.

» Nuwara Eliya
Once the favourite hill station of the British, Nuwara Eliya still retains the vestiges of Empire: a blend of Tudor and Georgian architecture, gabled roofs, immaculate lawns and moss-covered gravestones. Soak up the quaint atmosphere by visiting the Hill Club - by jove, there's a golf course, tennis courts, even copies of Country Life here - or visit the botanic gardens and tea plantations in the surrounding hills.

» Adam's Peak
At the top is a huge 'footprint', claimed by Muslims to belong to Adam, who stood there in expiation of his sin in the Garden of Eden. Never mind that Buddhists believe it to be the mark of Buddha or that Hindus hold the print to have been made by Lord Shiva, the fact remains that it is has been a place of pilgrimage for over 1000 years. The view from the peak at dawn is enough to shock the most cynical agnostic into a state of reverie.

» Yala West
It has scrub, lagoons and rocky outcrops, and is in the country's southeast; it's a particularly good place to see elephants. Though it sustained some damage due to the 2004 tsunami, Yala West is one of the few Sri Lankan national parks still open to travellers. Yala West is closed in September and usually part of August and October too. But when it's open the best way to get there is to catch a bus to the coastal town of Tissamaharama, 241km (149mi) from Colombo, and then hire a jeep and a driver.

Cultural Tour of Sri Lanka

Tour Duration: 06 Nights / 07 Days
Destinations Covered: Colombo - Kandalama - Sigiriya - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Mount Lavina
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Wildlife and Beaches Tour Colombo

Tour Duration: 06 Nights / 07 Days
Destinations Covered: Hill Country - Wild Life - Beach - Colombo
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The Best of Sri Lanka Tour

Tour Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
Destinations Covered: Colombo - Anuradhapura - Mihintale - Aukana - Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Dambulla - Kandy - Pinnawela - Nuwara Eliya - Horton Plains - Yala - Bentota
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Camping and Adventure Tour Sri Lanka

Tour Duration: 08 Nights / 09 Days
Destinations Covered: Colombo - Anuradhapura - Mihintale - Aukana - Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Dambulla - Kandy - Pinnawela - Nuwara Eliya - Horton Plains - Yala - Bentota
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Sri Lanka - The Magical Island Tour

Tour Duration: 07 Nights / 08 Days
Destinations Covered: Colombo - Pinnewala - Sigriya - Dambulla - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Bentota
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