The gateway to Sri Lanka and the island’s capital, Colombo is the administrative and economic hub of the country. The historic influence of the Portuguese, Dutch, and British can be seen in its various old monuments. New edifices jostle with the old as many parts of the city retain their old charm.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Be part of wonderful moments as you touch, nurture and bottle feed baby elephants at the elephant orphanage established in 1975. A successful captive breeding centre, the sight of frolicking baby elephants here is a sight to behold.
Dambulla Cave Temple also known as Jambukola Viharaya, is a prestigious World Heritage Site. Maintained in pristine condition, it is believed that King Valahambahu converted these caves into a temple during the 1st century BC. These caves chronicle the life of Lord Buddha through amazing statues and paintings.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Sigiriya the 5th century rock citadel was the palace of King Kasyapa. The structure resembles the outline of a lion from a distance and is decorated with colorful frescoes. Sigiriya is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site and remains one of the best examples of ancient urban planning in Sri Lanka.
An ancient city and capital, Polonnaruwa stands testimony to an era that was golden and awe inspiring. A World Heritage Site, the city’s ruins tell a beautiful story of a grand civilization that once flourished there.
Minneriya National Park
Watching elephants in their natural habitat is an amazing experience. Spanning over 8,800 hectares, the Park is located alongside the vast, renovated Minneriya Rainwater Reservoir which is also home to various species of birds and reptiles.
The World Heritage Site, Kandy, was the last bastion of the Sri Lankan Kings, before the country was brought under British rule in 1815. Famous for its rich heritage and splendor, this glorious city is surrounded by magnificent hills and ancient temples. Visit the picturesque bylanes of Kandy Town and Bazaar; enjoy shopping at the Arts & Crafts Centre and the Gems Museum. Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan dance performance.
Surrounded by hills and tea plantations, the town of Nuwara Eliya enjoys fine, spring-like weather throughout the year. A favorite retreat of the British during colonial times, the town is dotted with English country style houses and half-timbered bungalows. Apart from the aweinspiring beauty, Nuwara Eliya is also home to one of the finest 18-hole golf courses.
Nuwara Eliya Tea Factory
The cool plantation air beckons you to this place where the best tea in the world is produced. Sit back and relish the sheer bliss of pure Ceylon tea at the factory.
The Matale spice route unravels the reason Sri Lanka produces some of the finest flavors in the world. The cookery demonstration where traditional curries are prepared using the local spices is truly a culinary extravaganza.
Listen to the stories of the romance between a handsome British officer and a dancer. Smitten by her smile and charm, she was smuggled into his mansion through a secret tunnel that led from her father’s well into a wine cellar in the house. Feel rejuvenated as you enjoy the enchanting climate, golden beaches, laid back nightlife and relaxing walk.
Play with baby elephant at Pinnawala.
Take a walk through colonial Kandy shopping for traditional arts and crafts.
Enjoy tradiional Sinhalese dances while feasting on local cuisine.