In emerald-green waters, the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ awaits.
Within her beautiful coastline lies an array of holiday experiences, from the spice island’s melting pot of cuisines, wildlife safaris, pristine white sandy beaches and pilgrimages to some of the oldest cities in the world.
Insider Journeys’ 15 day Sri Lanka Discovery small group journey, starting from $4,770 per person twin share, is an ideal way to visit this teardrop shaped island – with a history of over 2000 years –
offering the mystique of ancient cities, surviving remnants of grand culture steeped in history and its hospitable locals.
Journey through breathtaking landscapes, including vast tea plantations, on a train trip through hill country to picturesque Nuwara Eliya. Safari in scenic Yala National Park, home to elephants,
leopards, bears and other remarkable wildlife. Discover the historic Galle Forte, wander quiet villages and meet the locals, enjoy tropical beaches and savour delicious Sri Lankan cuisine.
DAYS 1-2: COLOMBO
Tour Sri Lanka’s capital city, including the colonial Fort area and the vibrant Pettah, brimming with markets.
DAY 3-4: ANURADHAPURA
At Negombo, see the huge fish market before continuing to the ancient city Anuradhapura. Rise early to see Mihintale, a mountain peak where Buddhism began in Sri Lanka. As night falls, visit an ancient Buddhist worship site.
DAY 5-6: SIGIRIYA & DAMBULLA
After a village visit at Habarana, continue to Polonnaruwa and its historic attractions. Explore one of Asia’s most spectacular cultural sites, the Sigriya Rock fortress. Enjoy a free afternoon, or explore the ancient Ritigale Monastery.
DAYS 7-9: KANDY & NUWARA ELIYA
Visit the Dambulla Rock cave temples and a tropical spice garden. Tour the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy before enjoying an afternoon exploring the city independently, or continue to the magnificent Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Take a historic train to the colonial tea centre of Nuwara Eliya.
DAYS 10-12: YALA & WELIGAMA
Drive to Ella and take an easy hike to Little Adam’s Peak before lunch with a local family. In Yala
National Park, watch for leopards on safari. Travel to beachside Weligama via the Mulkirigala Rock Monastery.
DAYS 13-15: GALLE & HIKKADUWA
Depart for Mirissa and take a whale watching tour in search of the Blue Whale. See the famous stilt fishermen on the way to Unawatuna for a cooking demonstration and seafood dinner. Discover Galle Fort on a heritage walk.