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Holidays to Sri Lanka
India's neighbour is much more than a sunny beach destination (although both can be found in a country which boasts 833 miles of coastline). It pays to step away from the sand to find other highlights: the Portuguese and Dutch colonial heritage which shapes the south-westerly city of Galle; the serenity of Kandy, with its vast Buddhist temple; the swirl of the capital Colombo; the British yesterday of Nuwara Eliya, a hill station framed by tea plantations. Despite a difficult recent past, Sri Lanka’s future beckons.
Must see: I climbed Sigiriya – a 660ft (200m) stand-alone monolith almost at the heart of Sri Lanka – on a blazing day. It was tough going, but the route up, sometimes along rusty stairs hammered into the rock, took me past frescoes which date back to the fifth century – and delivered me to a flat-top summit which once hosted a royal palace. Truly amazing.
Sri Lankan Family Adventure
An action packed holiday perfect for adventurous families with teenage children. An exciting mix of serious adventure; think animal safari and water fun with a hint of luxury! This trip is ideal for families who enjoy a busy holiday, who like to get off the beaten tourist trail, and who would like to experience something of the ‘real’ Sri Lanka.
- Holiday duration: 20 days
- Price from: £2,810
- Operator: Experience Travel Group
Gentle Walking Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka mini round island tour
Explore Sri Lanka, a country with 2,500 years of rich history and 8 World Heritage Sites. Visit ancient kingdoms and pay homage at the cradle of Buddhist civilisation. Wander through tea plantations, see an extraordinary range of wildlife at National Parks before extending your holiday on one of the world class beaches of Sri Lanka.
- Holiday duration: 8 days
- Price from: £1,550
- Operator: Eastravel
Luxury With A Touch of Adventure
Sri Lankan Wildlife -TransIndus
Leopard and elephant are Sri Lanka’s two signature species, and you’ll have ample opportunity to spot both on this two-week tour of the island, which has been specifically designed with wildlife and nature lovers in mind.
- Holiday duration: 12 days
- Price from: £3,397
- Operator: TransIndus - The leading Asia Specialist