Discover Sri Lanka’s secrets on this 14-day tour

Steeped in history and shrouded in mystery, the secrets of stunning and deeply spiritual Sri Lanka are just waiting to be uncovered.

Sri Lanka is an extraordinary destination just waiting to be explored. Among its spoils, travellers will find dreamy tropical beaches, verdant tea plantations, mist-covered mountains and ornate Buddhist temples. 

Known as the ‘Spice Island’ for a trade that dates back centuries, Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon) is as rich in history as it is in natural wonders. Here you’ll be absorbed in a land of striking contrasts, offering a deep spiritual and cultural heritage as well as enduring colonial charms. 

To make the most of experiencing this fascinating island nation, join a 14-day intimate and expert-led tour by Abercrombie & Kent in a luxury small-group size of 18 guests. Then kick back and relax on a hassle-free holiday that comes with a carefully curated itinerary taking in the best this (largely) Buddhist country has to offer. On the ‘Sri Lanka: Secrets of the Spice Island’ tour, all the hard work is done for you.

14-days in Sri Lanka

On this Abercrombie & Kent tour, you will marvel at World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle (An area forming a triangle between the cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, and Kandy), before trekking up to the famous Sigiriya rock fortress where you will be rewarded with striking panoramic views.

Sigiriya rock fortress in sri lanka
Sigiriya rock fortress © Unsplash/ Dyland Shaw
Buddha Tooth Temple in Kandy
Buddha Tooth Temple in Kandy © Adobe Stock

Then discover more about the beguiling Spice Island by sitting down to dinner with Oxford-educated Sri Lankan architect, historian and critic Dr Shanti Jayewardene. She will share her expert insight into the country’s anthropology, architecture, history and politics. 

Armed with newfound knowledge, walk among ancient ruins including one of the Indian subcontinent’s most famous sites, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s first capital dating back to the 5th century BC. Here you’ll be awed by an imposing statue of the Buddha and receive a blessing near the sacred Bodhi tree, said to be planted in 236 BC. 

Colombo

Immerse yourself in Colombo’s old town on a walk with passionate local and photographer Mark Forbes, and take in 17th-century architecture and Colombo Fort before hitting a cool speakeasy to indulge in arrack-themed cocktails.

Elephant safari

For the animal lovers among us, enjoy seeking out elephants and other native wildlife on a safari in Minneriya National Park. Travel around the park in a safari jeep, looking out for the purple-faced langur, toque macaque, Sri Lankan deer, leopards and Sri Lankan sloth bears.

Elepahants safari in Minneriya, Sri Lanka - Mother asian elephant protects here baby elephants from tourist safari jeep in Minneriya National park near Kaudulla park and Dambulla in Sri Lanka
Minneriya National Park © Adobe Stock

Later, you can join pilgrims for a nightly prayer ritual at the Temple of the Tooth and gain VIP entry into the inner Shrine Room where the sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha is kept.

Fancy yourself a tea connoisseur? 

Travel through misty highlands to learn the secrets of legendary Ceylonese brews at plantations in Sri Lanka’s renowned tea country. Then jump on a train ride to the hill station of Ella in the highlands – considered one of the world’s most scenic railway trips. 

Later, journey south to the serene seaside city of Galle and savour the sunset from heritage-listed Galle fort. Steeped in myth and legend, and serving up a cornucopia of awe-inspiring sights, Sri Lanka is waiting with a wealth of enriching travel experiences, sure to spice up your life.

Fishermen on stilts in silhouette at the sunset in Galle, Sri Lanka
Fishing at sunset in Galle © Adobe Stock

Departures for A&K’s ‘Sri Lanka: Secrets of the Spice Island’ tour are 1 September, 7 October and 8 November 2024 from $11,725 per person. Find out more here

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