We arrive Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka in the evening. On our drive from the airport to our hotel, the air filled with the scent of jasmine, passing lush green rice paddies we already get a feel for this tropic paradise in the Indian Ocean.
From the capital to the cultural heartland
Our first day of sightseeing starts with a city tour of its busy capital Colombo. Afterwards we drive into the cultural heartland where we finish the day in style climbing the dramatic rock fort of Sigiriya. On our way up we pass some famous 1.500 years old frescoes. From the top we enjoy a memorable sunset over the tropical countryside.
From ancient buddhist sites to tropical spice gardens
Let’s hop on our bikes and explore the archaeological park of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka’s capital more than 800 years ago. We stop in front of ancient temples, graceful Buddha statues and picturesque lotos ponds. On our spectacular drive from the flatlands to the mountains of Central Sri Lanka we visit a spice garden. We’re surrounded by the smells of vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom and gloves our guide explains us the secrets behind these tropical spices ? After a few more twists and turns we reach Kandy, the last Singhalese capital before the British took over.
From the holy grale of Sri Lanka to the famous Kandy drummers
Long before we get to the center of town we hear the roar of drums and see pilgrims with lotus flowers in their hands. We join them to the “holy grale” of Sri Lanka’s Buddhists – the golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth home of the only existing tooth of the historical Buddha. While we watch the ceremony we understand how deeply Buddhism has shaped the minds and souls of the Singhalese. From here we walk along the streets lined with beautiful colonial houses to the central market with its colorful fruit and flowers. In the evening we witness a traditional performance by the famous Kandy drummers and dancers.
From the famous tea and Little England to the most sacred shrine in Sri Lanka
On our way to the Central Highlands tea plantations surround us. Along the way we stop and get first hand information about the manufacturing process of the world famous Ceylon-Tee. For lunch we visit “Little England” as the hill station of Nuwara Eliya is often called due to its many architectural reminders of the British times. Our way through the lush tropical nature with spectacular panoramic view to the ocean ends in Kataragama, the most holy place in Sri Lanka. We mix with the crowds of local pilgrims for the evening puja in the Hindu Shrine.
A visit to the Jungle Book
In the morning we visit a typical village in the vicinity. We get in touch with the locals and have the opportunity to ask them questions about their every-day-life – and so do they. A short drive gets us to Yala National Park another example of the outstanding natural richness of this little island. During our three-hour jeep safari we have a good chance of seeing elephants, leopards, monkeys and crocodiles.
From picture-perfect tropical beaches to kitchy sunsets
Tangalle with its picture-perfect tropical beaches makes a perfect stop on our way along the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. After hike through the tropical jungle to a scenic pagoda on top of a hill with a striking panoramic view we reach our beach resort just in time for sunset.
A short drive along the picturesque coastline gets us to the charming city of Galle. Built by the Dutch in the 17. Century the city of Galle with it’s striking fort surrounded by the Indian Ocean combines classical architecture with a stunning setting. We discover this World Heritage site wandering along the old walls and enjoying the many cafes and boutiques in the alleys.In the afternoon we have time to do what you should do at a world class beach. Sit/lean back and relax.
Wake up to the sound of the ocean and enjoy the last hours in paradise before we catch our bus in the afternoon to catch our flight in the evening back home.
Chiang Mai – Bangkok
Getting back to Canada with wonderful memories of a our days in paradise.
All international flights according to the itinerary
Collection and greeting in Bangkok Airport by FRF tour leader who will be with the group until they fly out of Bangkok Airport
Airport transfer as well as departure with FRF tour guide
Transport in modern coach
Coach available exclusively for the group inclusive excursions within the route described
Road toll and parking fees
FRF tour guide for the entire tour
Information material for all participants
24 hour emergency call
Complimentary trip with single room for the bus driver and the FRF tour guide
Complimentary trip with single room for two chaperones (up to 29 participants) or 4 chaperones (from 30 participants)