We had a wonderful time on our trip to Sri Lanka....we definitely had numerous experiences that would not have occurred had we just used one of the bigger travel agencies.
Situated directly in the middle of Sri Lanka, a few hours' drive from either coast, Dambulla was the cultural and spiritual heart of a flourishing kingdom that pre-dated the height of the Roman Empire. Today, it is a hub for visiting some of Sri Lanka's most ancient ruins and superb national parks. Highlights in the area include the most well-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka, the largest rose quarts mountain range in South Asia, a huge Ironwood forest, a host of rock temples and the modern Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium, built in 2010.
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Our co-founder Jay Tindall loves the variety on offer in Sri Lanka, particularly the beaches, ancient ruins, tea plantations and amazing wildlife safaris.
Explore the Dambulla cave temple, the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Built into a rock towering hundreds of feet over the surrounding plain, five caves contain ancient frescoes and sculptures of the Buddha and his life, including several massive reclining Buddhas, as well as works depicting Sri Lankan kings and various Hindu deities.
Combined Trip Dambulla and Sigiriya
Dambulla and Sigiriya are two areas that are often combined into a one day trip. It’s possible to combine various experiences from Dambulla and Sigiriya in the same day, just mix and match whatever suits your interests.
Namal Uyana Ironwood Forest
Visit Namal Uyana, the largest Ironwood forest in Sri Lanka. Ironwood trees are the national trees of Sri Lanka and in this area the beautiful rainforest trees, endemic to Sri Lanka, cover an area of over 260 acres. Namal Uyana has a history going back to the 8th Century AD when the trees were replanted in the area and is also a well-known local sanctuary for practicing Buddhist monks, the original inhibitors of this area since its origination at the time of King Devanampiyathissa. The forest was also once the location of a prison camp, where prisoners were forced to plant trees as a form of punishment. Biologists have also registered over 102 species of tropical herbs and plants within the forest and surrounding gardens, as well as 18 species of birds and numerous other animals including elephants, leopards, monkeys and deer.
Rose Quartz Mountains
Visit South Asia’s largest rose quartz mountain range located close to Dambulla and Sigiriya. The national heritage site is protected by the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife Conservation and constitutes a row of seven peaks, nearly 500 feet above sea level. Archeologists have found that the pink quartz composed from silicon di-oxide found inside the mountains dates back over 550 million years. It is believed the Mogul Emperor Shah Jehan imported the rose colored stone for decorating the Taj Mahal.
Spend 12 days exploring Sri Lanka’s must-see spots on this exciting 12-day journey. You’ll stay in some of Sri Lanka’s most luxury hotels, as you take in a cricket match in Colombo, explore Sigiriya Rock Fortress in Dambulla, visit an ancient monastery in Kandy, tour a tea plantation and take a cooking class.
The perfect setting for your big day, the gorgeous island of Sri Lanka invites you to explore its beauty on a 10-day pre- and post-wedding tour that will ensure you never forget a moment. Explore the ancient treasures and stunning landscapes of this island nation, and start your married life off in style.
Explore Sri Lanka by bike on this exhilarating 11-day quest through its most picturesque, fascinating sites and cities. You’ll stop at ancient Buddhist temples, cycle past wild animals, take a safari ride through a national park, and make friends with tea workers, all while staying at the country’s most luxury hotels.
Play with elephants, relax as the kids swim in the Indian Ocean and fall asleep to the calming ocean lull while staying in a floating house on this 13-day luxurious Sri Lankan holiday. With hiking, elephant trekking and rafting in store, there’s plenty of action to keep the kids busy and still time for you to relax.
Sri Lanka is the perfect setting for the family vacation of your dreams. Play with baby elephants in Pinnawala, explore the vibrant coral reefs, hike archaeological ruins and catch a stunning tangerine sunset with loved ones. This is 13-day luxury journey will create special, lasting family memories.
Take a thrilling trip through India and Sri Lanka, spending 16 days meandering from Mumbai’s iconic Bollywood, down the backwaters of Kerala, exploring colonial Cochin. You’ll fly onwards to Sri Lanka, where you’ll explore its ancient wonders like the Temple of Tooth, all the while staying in luxury hotels.
Step back in time without leaving any luxury behind on this 14-day journey through Sri Lanka’s most important heritage sites. Picnic atop an ancient rock fortress, take an exciting safari through Yala National Park and visit the revered UNESCO site, Anuradhapura. This adventure offers insight into ancient cultures.
Spend an unforgettable 10 days touring the beautiful island of Sri Lanka for a romantic honeymoon filled with stunning sights and spectacular scenery. From ancient ruins to whale-infested waters, this trip is packed with treasures that will guarantee your newlywed life starts in style.
This pre- and post-wedding tour of the treasures of Sri Lanka has it all, from ancient history and culture to natural beauty and, most importantly, romance. Create unforgettable memories as you prepare for your big day and embark on the honeymoon of a lifetime.
Get up-close and personal with Sri Lanka on this revealing 12-day helicopter tour. You’ll stay in the country’s best hotels, while visiting ancient cities and seeing their age-old ruins and important religious sites like the Temple of Tooth, as you’re graced with incredible bird’s-eye views aboard your helicopter.
Imaginative architect Geoffrey Bawa inspires this 13-day itinerary just as beautiful Sri Lanka inspired his creative works. In addition to seeing Bawa’s final creation and other beautiful buildings, you will bike through the lush Ceylon Tea fields and see one of Buddha’s actual teeth on this luxurious tour.
It’s a sun-soaked adventure on this 13-day Sri Lankan east coast holiday. Give surfing a try on the famous Arugam Bay beach, bike through the lush Ceylon tea fields, view a tooth belonging to the revered Buddha and relax by the sea in luxury. Your incredible memories will last much longer than your golden tan.
Spend nearly an entire month - 26 days - traveling in luxury through India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. You’ll visit religiously-important and UNESCO-listed sites including temples and palaces, watch baby sea turtles hatch in Tangalle, and relax at your luxury beachside resort on the stunning Kaafu Atoll.
Sri Lanka is paradise for trekkers. On this 10-day trip, you’ll trek through the rainforest, tea plantations and even along the famous pilgrimage route to Adam’s Peak to catch the tangerine sun climbing above the mountaintops. Encounter diverse wildlife, birdlife and friendly locals on this luxury trekking adventure.
Discover the fantastic hikes and trails that wind their way over and around the gorgeous island of Sri Lanka. Gear up for incredible treks to soaring peaks and down through lush valleys, showcasing the country’s flora, fauna and natural treasures.
Designed by famed Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, the unique Heritance Kandalama hotel is set into a cliff face among dense tropical forests, flanked by the Dambulla rock temple and Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The hotel’s buildings were planned to blend seamlessly with the surrounding environment and are covered with hanging vines and flowering plants. Each of the 152 rooms faces either Kandalama Lake or the forest – even the bathrooms were planned to showcase the view – and is decorated in an elegantly simple contemporary style. The Kandalama is the first Green Globe 21-certified hotel in Asia, and the first hotel in the world to be awarded the prestigious LEED Green Building certification. There are three restaurants to choose from, including the Kanchana Café, which has won multiple awards. Among The Kandalama’s amenities are a pool, business center and fitness center, while the world-renowned Six Senses Spa has a location here that offers Asian, Swedish, aromatherapy and Ayurvedic massage.
Nestled in Sri Lankan countryside in the quiet village of Thirappan at the heart of the cultural triangle, Ulagalla offers both access to and an escape from all the exploration and discoveries of this fascinating and historic land. Arranged around a beautifully-restored mansion, 20 private villas languish in lush green grounds with views of gardens and paddy fields. Guests can retreat to their own personal paradise with its private plunge pool and enjoy all the conveniences of modern life at the same time. Bicycles or golf carts are available to navigate the 58-acre sprawl and to convey guests to the large pool, tranquil spa or the grand mansion for an indulgent dinner at Liyawela restaurant.