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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 relative 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
When you choose a Sri Lanka trip from trip.me, the best part is the peace of mind you get by traveling with a Destination Expert. Our unique business model eliminates the middleman and connects you directly with your guide, saving you both time and money and giving you the best price for the trip.
You can browse through any of the suggested itineraries, customizable down to the finest detail. Or you don’t see everything you want to do, simply contact your Destination Expert and design your trip together from scratch. Explain your interests and your personal Destination Expert will take it from there.
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 the 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 on 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.
Jagath was excellent. He worked out a very good itinerary for me with excellent Hotels and driver/guide (Nihal) to show me around. He was there at the airport with a college and my driver Nihal to welcome me and again when I was leaving came to the airport to see me off. He also gave me a framed photos for me to keep. I would highly recommend Jagath and the local agency.Read More Read More Less
We were put in contact with Roshara via the trip.me website. We were a group (13 family and friends from Australia and Canada with adults and teenagers) and knew roughly what we wanted to see and do but needed some help putting it together and organising transport. Roshara quickly put together an itinerary for us. With some emails back and forth over a number of weeks we tweaked the original tour to get exactly what we wanted. Roshara happily answered all my questions and made changes as requested. We have just returned from 3 wonderful weeks in Sri Lanka. The tour Roshara organised (10 days and nights) was excellent. Apart from 1 or 2 very minor things (outside of Roshara's control) everything went exactly to plan and as advertised. We had a beautiful big coach to travel in and a great guide,driver and assistant. I would also like to highlight that after contacting a number of companies prior to finding trip.me (and Roshara) the price for the tour Roshara put together was the best value of all those that we'd seen. Overall one of the best holidays we've ever had. Thank you Roshara, trip.me, Waas our guide, and the wonderful country and people of Sri Lanka!!Read More Read More Less
Warm wellcome at the airport by Jagarth. Then everything well organised during all our stay. Our chauffeur/guide Hema was of good advices and became a real friend.
Choice of hôtels was very good and especialy Jetwing Wellawaya.
We recommand warmly.
Samadi, our “agent”, always replied quickly and in a helpful and friendly manner. Our trip thru Sri Lanka with their driver/guide was amazing.
Samadi was very professional and catered to our specific needs. We had an amazing trip which exceeded our expectations in every way. We experienced the great cultural and physical diversity of Sri Lanka, from its gorgeous beaches to mountain top vistas!!Read More Read More Less