Sri Lanka is an island nation that overflows with enchanting nature and flavorful culture. Tea plantations radiate emerald and jade hues against the pale blue sky as the sapphire waters of the Indian Ocean lap against endless gold-sand beaches. Elephants wander beneath the jungle canopy, and leopards relax in the shade of the surrounding fronds. Your flight will land at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital city. Your private transfer will greet you upon arrival and lead you out through the boulevards lined with trees and rich architecture preserved from the colonial era. Markets fill with locals and entertain the aromas of saffron, sesame, and turmeric. Cafes hide beneath the meandering lanes of the historical quarters as the city skyline fills with kites that rise from the grasses of Galle Face Green, a gorgeous stretch of plain that leads to the coastline, once cleared for the Dutch fortress to have clear cannon lines to the sea.
The scent of the ocean air will give way to the sweet coconut aroma that drifts downward from the palm trees. The trains pass through the countryside with bright colors painted on the outlining cars. You will travel through the gorgeous scenery and greenery of the countryside, venturing along dangling fronds, towering grasses, and rising hills. Upon arriving in Kandy, you will notice the glistening waters of the lake that shimmer at the heart of the city. A cool breeze will rustle the leaves of the surrounding tropics as women in silk saris glide through the streets amidst the elegant colors. Markets brim with spiced aromas and eager vendors calling out to passersby.
The city has acted as the provincial capital since the early 19th century after the British capture of the Sinhalese Kingdom. After settling into the comforts of your accommodation, you can set out to view a performance of the traditional Kandyan dancing and drumming. Your iconic performance will begin with the pulsating rhythm of the drums. Dancers will call out with jovial cries as they twirl in traditional costumes. The dancers will stomp their feet on the wooden platform, vibrating the ground to the beat. The ceremonial dance has thrived under the patronage of kings, and the act grows to the climax of the dancers as they show their power over fire by walking across flaming coals for a frenetic, colorful spectacle that will welcome you to Sri Lanka.