Revealing Kingdoms of Past & Present: A Cultural Tour of Sri Lanka

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Total Trip:

8 Days

Countries Visited:

Sri Lanka

Places Visited:

Kandy, Dambulla, Kandalama, Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya Wildlife Reserve, Kavdullah National Park, Parakrama Samudraya

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Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.
Ancient civilizations and wandering elephants, Buddhist philosophy, and coconut palms have all shaped the culture of Sri Lanka. Your customizable tour introduces you to the continued traditions and contemporary lifestyles of the island nation, emphasizing passionate nightly dance performances and elegant botanical gardens. Traverse national parks in search of elusive leopards and endangered monkeys. Climb historical stairways to reach a breathtaking palace set atop a monolith summit. From the


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Day 1

Kandy – In the Presence of Culture

The capital city of Colombo embodies the bustling spirit of a city and the remarkable culture of the island nation of Sri Lanka. The herbaceous and floral aromas of black tea emanate from a popular local cafe situated inside a renovated 17th-century Dutch hospital. The sapphire waters of the ocean glint against the golden shores draped in sand. Locals wind beneath the dangling saris and colorful shirts hanging over the aisles of the Pettah Market, the bustling shopping district. Your flight lands at Bandaranaike International Airport, where your private transfer meets you upon your arrival.

High-rises overlook the shoreline and locals lounge on the emerald grass of the coastal plain known as Galle Face Green. You leave the city behind and wind along the scenic road towards the capital of the hilly province. Water buffalo graze on the tall, untamed grasses. Palm fronds and ferns decorate the roadside, providing views of the emerald jungle canopy. You reach Kandy, a city of blending tropical ambiance and a cool, hillside climate set along the banks of Kandy Lake.

The waters shimmer with cobalt, reflecting the surrounding hills and the island at the center of the lake. After settling into the comforts of your luxurious hotel overlooking the lakeshores, you partake in a captivating Kandyan dance performance, welcoming you to the marvels of Sri Lanka. Performers enter the stage in traditional attire. Women wear elegant skirts decorated with red and white trim. Golden spires top their head and ears. Elaborate beadwork glistens in the light as the costumes accentuate each movement into an enchanting flow moving to the beat of the drum.

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Day 2

Kandalama – Shaping Culture

Day 3

Anuradhapura – In the Company of Birds and a Rock Fortress

Day 4

Anuradhapura – Roots of a Culture

Day 5

Polonnaruwa – Sacred Ancient Lives

Day 6

Polonnaruwa – A Culture of Elephants

Day 7

Colombo – Return to the Capital

Day 8

Colombo – In the Spirit of Sri Lanka
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