Sri Lanka is an island country off the southern coast of India. It is very picturesque country with: beautiful hill stations such as Nuwara Elia; excellent wildlife parks such as Yala; the fortress of Sigriya; excellent sites such as: rock caves at Dambullah or the temple of tooth-relic at Kandy or the Dutch Fort at Galle; the elephant orphanage in Pinnewala; or the excellent beaches on the South west coast. Travelling by train is one of the best ways to travel. You can also travel by night trains for selected routes in Ist class sleepers and also travel in reserved 2nd class sleeperettes with reclining chairs which are particularly useful if you are covering the cultural triangle of Kandy, Anuradhapura & Pollonurawa. There are also reserved 2nd class seats for the day journeys. Some of main cities of tourist importance and the main sites to visit within are listed below (Note: This is not an exhaustive list):-
Colombo: Gangaramaya temple, Independence Square, Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque.
Kandy: Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Royal Botanical gardens, Kandy lake, National Museum, Old Royal Palace.
Polonnaruwa: Ancient Kingdom of Polonnuwara, Wasagamuwa National Park, Medirigiriya Vadatage.
Anuradhapura: Mihintale, Ruwanwelisaya, Ritigala Forest Monastery, Isurumuniya Temple.
Dambulla: Golden Temple of Dambulla, Dambulla Royal Cave Temple.
Sigriya: Ancient Rock Fortress, Sihagiri; Sigriya Craft Village, Pidurangala Royal Cave Temple.
Galle: Dutch Fort, Lighthouse, National Maritime Archaeology Museum, Unawatuna beach.
Beach Resorts: Hiriketiya, Bentota, Arugam Bay, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Kogalla.
Wildlife Parks: Yala, Udawalawe, Wasagamuwa, Minneriya.
Nuwara Elia: Horton Plains National Park, Bluefield Tea Gardens, Pedro Tea Factory, Bomburu Ella Waterfalls.
As the sights are varied it is best to tailor-make the requirements for this region. Hence, pl arrange to complete the form below with your requests or alternatively send us an email.
Note: All products in the website are being reviewed in view of the current pandemic on account of the coronavirus. At this point (i.e. when the website was being updated in late Dec 2020 / early Jan 2021), we regret that we are unable to recommend travel from the UK to the majority of the countries in Asia that we deal with. We are hoping that the situation will improve (not only for the anxiously waiting travellers and the tour operators in the UK but also for the thousands of people connected with the travel trade who are more than just associates for us.). When and how quickly travel is likely to resume is unknown to us with the earliest time likely to be in the autumn of 2021. Many of the products may need to be changed at the early stages for the safety of the travellers and the locals at these countries.
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