Buddha in Polonnaruwa temple
Buddha in Polonnaruwa temple

Asia

Sri Lanka: Shrines and Serendipity


Do not be deceived by Sri Lanka’s beguiling palm-fringed sands and mountain-backed natural beauty. For this exotic ‘Resplendent Isle’ can also boast another dimension to inspire those who travel in quest of enigma and antiquity. Both are here in abundance in this legend-filled land whose multi-layered history spans 25 chronicled centuries.

Small wonder that Sri Lanka is home to some of the finest World Heritage Sites, with landmark monuments and ancient ruined cities that still stand in homage to the island’s past civilizations and cultures, their unique artifacts and archaeological treasures.

In what was one of the earliest great Buddhist kingdoms, our specialist tour focuses on the fusion of the earliest forms of Buddhism with Hindu and Animist teachings, among ethereal temples, dagoba shrines and great carved Buddhas You’ll also enjoy fascinating glimpses of long-lost kingdoms whose rulers built improbably sophisticated irrigation systems – and even a resplendent palace with gardens and pools perched atop a 600-foot rock.

With all these, our journey interweaves encounters with Sri Lanka’s vibrant tapestry of landscapes, wildlife parks sheltering elephant and sloth bears, countless colorful religious festivals and rituals – and the echoes of a more recent colonial era of tea plantations and hill-stations.

What's included?

  •  Expert Scholar & Tour Manager
  •  Accommodation
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Local Transport
  •  Entries & Tips

Tour highlights:

  • Discover no less than six awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Climb up to Kasyapa’s citadel at Habarana to enjoy the unforgettable views and water garden terraces
  • Share the road with the local elephants as we make our way along Sri Lanka’s highways
  • Witness a unique and magical evening ‘puja’ ceremony at Kandy’s world-famous Temple of the Tooth
  • Enjoy ample leisure time for your own exploring on a well-balanced and contrast-filled itinerary

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