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Sri Lanka travel packages make it fairly easy to visit everything you'd like to see in one tour due to the relatively small size of the island. There's no real reason to divide the country into regions. There is, however, a well-trodden path around the country known as the Cultural Triangle.
Cultural Triangle tours feature many of the country's most popular tourist spots. Kandy is central to this region, and is home to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, believed to be Buddha's tooth. Trips to Sri Lanka often include this temple; Buddhist followers believe a visit here improves their karma.
Nearby you can enjoy the epic ruins of the city of Anuradhapura, a vast medieval Asian city that was once the capital of the island. Walking through the city it's easy to imagine the civilization that once roamed the dusty paths. The energy of the place - as with many of the places you’ll see when you travel to Sri Lanka - is one that will stay with you. The solemn, reflective attitude of the Buddhist monks that once studied in this great city permeates the air.
Polonnaruwa is smaller but equally breathtaking, and anyone traveling to Sri Lanka should take the opportunity to climb Sigiriya - a huge rock with ancient markings, elaborate carvings and a huge stone entrance carved into the shape of a lion.
From here it's easy to travel to Dambulla, in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, where you will discover the country’s largest and well-maintained temple cave complex as well as the famous Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium which was built in only 167 days.
Mihintale is also worth visiting, as it is believed to be the site where Buddhist monk Mahinda and Kin Devanampiyatissa met and brought Buddhism to the island. Buddhists from the entire world make pilgrimages to this mountain peak, the site of multiple religious monuments and abandoned buildings.
A trip to Sri Lanka will undoubtedly begin and end in Colombo, the nation's vibrant capital. On the coastlines of the city, you'll find inexpensive, luxurious hotels to relax in, while the streets are lined with restaurants serving up some of Sri Lanka's remarkable dishes.
Owing to its tropical location, Sri Lanka has distinct wet and dry seasons (as well as a mini monsoon season in each). From May to August the southwest of the island can be battered by monsoons (the rest of the year is mostly dry). In the northeast it's much drier, but between October and November you could encounter monsoon weather.
trip.me tours to Sri Lanka
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A Sri Lanka holiday takes you to an island filled with treasure. Sri Lanka is famous for its gem industry, named Ratna-Dweepa which means Gem Island in Sanskrit. Ratnapura in south-central Sri Lanka derived its name as the “city of gems”. In fact, the celebrated brilliant blue sapphire engagement ring of first Princess Diana and now Princess Kate Middleton is a Sri Lankan Ceylon Blue Sapphire. In addition to the sapphires, Sri Lanka travelers from Marco Polo to Ptolemny noted the topazes, amethysts, rubies, tourmaline, and garnets available. Any reputable jeweler in a major city can help you select a treasure of your own to bring home.
During your Sri Lanka private tour, you will have an opportunity to see the largest population of Asian elephants. The Department of Wildlife Conservation estimates nearly 6000 elephants on the island, more than anywhere else in Asia. While you will probably spot elephants throughout the country, if you choose a Sri Lanka holiday package that includes a visit to Kaudulla National Park, Minneriya National Park or Udawalalwe National Park, you will be able to see the largest herds of elephant families in their natural habitat.
Had it not been for a coffee blight in the 1860s, tea may never have been cultivated on the central highlands of (then) Ceylon. Today, a Sri Lanka tour can take you through the neatly manicured tea bushes that cover the hillside today. The tea fields delighted the waves of British settlers, who constructed Victorian tea barns to process their leaves, many of which are still intact and in use today.
While it is rumored that Buddha was born in Sri Lanka, it is more accurate to say that Buddhism was revived on the island. Sri Lanka is an important center of Buddhist pilgrimages, with over 6,000 Buddhist monasteries and home to nearly 15,000 Buddhist monks. The Tooth of Buddha and the Bo Tree are among two of the most famous Buddhist places in Sri Lanka.
Perhaps the most overwhelming thing about Sri Lanka is the Buddhist culture of the Sinhalese regions. The teachings of the Buddha inhabit almost every home, while elaborate temples can be found in abundance throughout the country. Buddhism is truly infused within the Sinhalese culture and a visit to anyone of the Buddhist temples is highly recommended.
Sri Lankan food may, like the country, live underneath India's looming shadow but that's certainly not owing to a lack of quality. Blending spices, curries, coconut-infused recipes and rice, Sri Lankan food may sound like what you'd find in nearby countries but the taste is truly unique.
My daughter and I had an incredible time. What a fabulous country Sri Lanka is. So much to do and see and so much variety.
Our trip was well planned and our driver was amazing. He was very knowledgeable and able to be flexible. He went well above what we would have expected of him
The trip we booked with Samadi was exactly what we wanted. The consultation during planning and the information provided were very professional. The quality of the accommodations, tours and driver selected for us were all excellent.
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Jagathsingh worked with us to create an itinerary which was perfect for our needs - the places we visited, the quality and style of hotel and the mix of activity was exactly what we were hoping for. His personal attention on arrival and departure was also much appreciated. Importantly our driver Basil was outstanding and the vehicle in which we travelled was comfortable and cleanRead More Read More Less