Sri Lanka: Your Way
As you make your way from Colombo, along the Dutch Canal, you will learn how to make liquor from a coconut tree, watch for birds, and learn about the craft of tile making. You will get to visit a Dutch Fort, a Hindu Temple, and a Catholic cathedral all in one day. The Elephant Orphanage of Pinnawela will inspire you as you learn how these abandoned elephants were rescued and cared for. In Dambulla, you will explore the sacred city of Anuradhapura, founded in the 3rd century BC and venerated as the Capital City of Buddhism. Onward to Habarana, you will climb the famous Sigiriya rock fortress, and observe the world-renowned frescoes of the “Heavenly Maidens’’ of Sigiriya. In Elkadewa, you will take in the mountain views, relax by the falls, and hike the Simpson Trail. Your last stop before heading back to Colombo is Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan Kings and a World Heritage Site. It is here that you will witness the local people praying to the Tooth God in the Temple of the Tooth, which houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic: a sacred tooth of the Buddha.
Sample Itinerary at a Glance
Day 2: Boat along the Dutch-made Hamilton Canal, visiting a tile-making factory and the Ark Coconut Plantation
Day 3: Visit the sanctuary of the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage on your way to Dambulla
Day 4: Depart for Anuradhapura, the first Capital of Sri Lanka, and view the oldest living tree in documented history
Day 5: Climb the Sigiriya rock fortress where you will examine the "Heavenly Maidens", and then on to the monuments of the ancient city of Polonnaruwa
Day 6: En route to Elkadewa, stop at the impressive pilgrimage site of the Dambulla Cave Temple, and wander a spice garden in Matale
Day 7: Hike along the Simpson Trail, through a tea plantation and a habitat for tree nymph butterflies
Day 8: Travel down to Kandy, and witness local people praying to the Tooth God
Day 9: At leisure in Colombo
Day 10: Learn how Sri Lanka became the tear-drop of India at the Colombo Museum
Day 11: Depart Colombo
"We dove into the colours, sounds and lights of Sri Lanka."