Polonnaruwa & Anudharapura
Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle is famous for its archaeological and cultural
remains dating back more than 2500 years ago. Anuradhapura was the
first capital; Polonnaruwa, World Heritage Site and a medieval gem with fantastically preserved monuments; Sigiriya fortress carved into the mountain and built for the defense against invasion; and Dambulla, the center of Buddhism in Sri Lanka since the fourth century.
Kandy is known as the capital of the Highlands. It is located 115 kilometres from Colombo. The city is the heart of Buddhism because is home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred places
of workship in the Buddhist Wold. It was declared a world Heritage site by Unesco in 1988. The city is also known for its handicraft shops, woodwork, silk and great jewelry.
With a pinturesque scenery and a moderate climate, Nuwara Eliya in the heart of Sri Lanka, is considered the most important area of production of tea in Sri Lanka. It is known as “Little England”, and was the favourite mountain station of the British during the period of colonization. It is located about 1900 meters above sea level. In the nearby Horton Plains National Park we can enjoy beautiful hiking trails in a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, between mountain grasslands and cloud forest..
The Yala National Park, also known as Ruhuna National Park, is home
to 215 species of birds, numerous mammals and one of the highest densities of leopards in the world. The place is truly wild and is bathed by the Indian Ocean, surrounded by jungle lagoons and rocky areas. It is worth making a 4×4 safari around the park first thing in the morning or early afternoon (when the animals are more active), looking for elephants , wild buffalo, deer, peacocks…
Galle is located in the southwest of Sri Lanka, about 158 km from Colombo. Galle was occupied by the Portuguese in the sixteenth century, by the Dutch in the seventeenth century, and finally by the British in the nineteenth century. All these cultures have left their marks on this city. We recommend biking or walking around the area of the Dutch fort, around its streets and its shops… within the walled area. The city was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1988..
Colombo is the capital of Sri Lanka. It is a vibrant city with a mixture of
modern architecture, colonial buildings and ruins. Due to its large harbour and its strategic position along the East-Western sea trade routes, Colombo was well known to traders 2,000 years ago. Our suggestion is to go around the city by a tuk tuk to see its markets and narrow streets. Note that the most important International airport is close to the fishing village of Negombo, about an hour from the center of Colombo. Therefore, some of our programs do not include a stay in the capital but in Negombo or alternatively starting the trip in this coastal town.