Colombo City Tours
Colombo, the heart of the country’s business district is a shopper’s paradise. One can spend days sightseeing and shopping. Highlights include clothing with many well-known European and American brands available at discounted prices, antiques and furniture, home wear and jewellery.
Sri Lanka is blessed with some of the best beaches in the world. The tropical weather, the white sand, warm blue waters and beautiful corals make these beaches a major tourist attraction.
Arugambay – Surfers Paradise
Hikkaduwa – Water Sports/ Snorkeling
Mirissa/Kalpitiya/Trincomalee - Whale watching/Dolphin watching
Pasikuda, Bentota, Negombo - Beautiful golden Beaches
Galle Fort and Turtle Hachery
Galle fort was built first by the Portuguese, and then modified by the Dutch during the 17th century. During the Dutch period in Ceylon, the Dutch brought labourers from Indonesia and Mozambique to build this massive fort. Even today, after 400 years of existence, it looks new and polished. Today many Dutch people who still own most of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world.
Celebrating and preserving Sri Lanka's biodiversity. The turtle hatchery helps in re-establishing sea turtle populations and allows guests an up-close look at these amazing creatures.
Kandy - Known as the Hill Capital, Kandy is a peaceful and exotic city which was the last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings. With a beautiful lake in its centre, the surrounding hills hide the infamous temple that enshrines the Tooth Relic of the Buddha. It also boasts the Royal Botanical gardens which is known for one of the best collections of Orchids.
Nuwara Eliya is a hill country Resort town, which offers you a unique climate and an ambience that some say is typically English, with its Victorian styled houses and Cottages. The town itself is surrounded by beautiful tea plantations, mountain ranges and cascading waterfalls. You could engage in leisure walks around Lake Gregory and enjoy the stunning scenery and panoramic vistas.
Located approximately 7200ft above sea level, the Horton place is a unique natural attraction in Sri Lanka. It is one of the most important catchments areas in Sri Lanka which acts as a giant sponge which stores rain water and then feed several major rivers of the country throughout the year. The vegetation mainly consists of wet grasslands and mountain forest. The weather at Horton Plains is quite dynamic. Average temperature varies between 5 degrees Celsius to 27 degrees Celsius.
Cultural Triangle Tours
Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a medieval city which was the capital after the decline of Annuradhapura (10th - 12th century AD). The man made monuments are well preserved and help paint a picture of Sri Lanka’s past. The main highlights are the Royal Palace, The Quadrangle and the Gal Vihare which consists of four massive images of Buddha cut from a single slab of granite. Examples of the Hindu influence can be found in the Temples of Shiva. The Buddhist temples, the Lankatileka and Watadage, Galpotha, the Lotis bath, Kiri Vihare Dagoba and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth are other interesting sights.
Sigiriya (Lion's rock) is an ancient rock fortress and castle/palace ruin situated in the central. Matale District of Sri Lanka, surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs and other structures. It is a popular tourist destination, also known for its ancient paintings (frescos), very similar to those in the Ajanta Caves of India. It is a fascinating fortress, which was the stronghold of a fifth century King. Beautiful Murals painted in the 5th century still remain. The lion stairway, the mirror wall, and the water gardens are amongst the greatest highlights of Sigiriya.
This complex of 5 caves, dating back to the 1st century BC, was mainly used as a refuge by an ancient king who, while in the throne, had magnificent carved images within the living rock. Later other changes were made making most of the paintings from the early 19th century.
A prominent UNESCO World Heritage Site, this was the first capital of the island (5th Century BC – 9th Century AD). It was also the centre of the island’s Buddhist civilization with the oldest historically documented tree on earth (2,200 years old) – The Sri Maha Bodhi, the oldest Buddist shrines date back which date back to 3rd Century BC, white 'dagabas' (relic chambers), and the stone carvings or sculptures stand as proof of this. Another interesting highlight is the ancient irrigation system of reservoirs and canals.
After an early breakfast at the hotel you will visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. Situated in the northwest of the town of Kegalle, this Orphanage, established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today, some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. Set on 24 acres of land, this orphanage is also a breeding ground for elephants. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but it soon became a conservation and educational centre. With more than twenty elephants born since 1984, the orphanage has the greatest herd elephants in captivity in the world.
Whale Watching Tours
One of the newest attractions in Sri Lanka is Whale and Dolphin watching at Mirissa. All year round you get the unique opportunity to sight sperm and blue whales. The blue whale’s migration takes place in first quarter of the South and West Coast of Sri Lanka, and can be frequently seen. The best time of the year to visit our large mammal friends is between December to April, early in the morning.
For all adventure seekers, Kithulgala is the place to see. Set in-between Kandy and Colombo, this lush rain forest area is ideal for White Water Rafting, White Water Kayaking, Canoeing, Hiking, Abseiling and River Tubing.
Cycling, Nature walks and Camping trips are also some of the more popular activities that many visitors to Sri Lanka enjoy.