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...
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.
Kandalama – Shaping Culture
Anuradhapura – In the Company of Birds and a Rock Fortress
Anuradhapura – Roots of a Culture
Polonnaruwa – Sacred Ancient Lives
Polonnaruwa – A Culture of Elephants
Colombo – Return to the Capital
Colombo – In the Spirit of Sri Lanka
- Enjoy a private game drive through the landscape of Minneriya Wildlife Reserve in search of elephants, leopards, sloth bears, and wild buffalos
- Discover the ancient roots of Sri Lankan culture when visiting the preserved Ceylon capital at Anuradhapura
- Relish the rich wildlife connected to the contemporary culture of the island nation when bird watching at Kandalama Wewa
- Traverse the steep stairway leading to the summit of Sigiriya rock fortress, finding remarkable murals and an impressive palace atop the plateau
- Witness a remarkable Kandyan Dance and Drum performance for an impressive display of movement and music
- Wander through the ancient cave temples of the Dambulla complex to view ancient murals and captivating statues connected to Buddhist tradition
- Ride a traditional fishing boat across the Parakrama Samudraya reservoir for a unique perspective of the water and shoreline
- View the throne of the last king of Sri Lanka while touring the National Museum in Colombo
Contemporary culture in Sri Lanka stems from the historic temples, palaces, and monasteries erected from the shorelines to the mountaintops spreading across the country. Your 8-day tour takes you along a trail of discovery, enjoying the splendors of the landscape and the marvels of preserved tradition. Your flight lands at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. Your private transfer greets you at customs and escorts you on an introductory scenic drive to Kandy. After settling into your hotel, you enjoy an evening at the Temple of the Tooth, viewing an unforgettable dance and drum show before participating in an evening procession to view the Buddha’s tooth.
The next morning, you wander through the grounds of the Peradeniya Botanical Garden before visiting the stunning Dambulla Temple. The ancient caves contain frescoes, murals, and Buddha statues. Continue to Kandalama Reservoir for a luxurious experience overlooking the water’s edge. Then, you begin with a morning game drive to view the rich avifauna of the region. Take to the plateau at Sigiriya to explore the dramatic palace and monastery complex adorning the summit before continuing to Anuradhapura. Your private tour leads you through the ancient city grounds for an immersive exploration of the past and its effect on the present.
Travel next to the ancient ruins of the Ceylon kingdom. Your private transfer leads you to Polonnaruwa for your private tour before venturing on a traditional fishing boat across the waters of the Parakrama Samudraya reservoir. You travel to Minneriya Wildlife Reserve for a full day game drive searching for elephants, spotted deer, and sloth bears. You return to the capital of Sri Lanka at Colombo, wandering through the antiques and artifacts on display in the National Museum. On the final day, your private transfer greets you at the hotel and escorts you to Bandaranaike International Airport for your flight home.
$2,859 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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