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Sri Lanka Holidays 2019/20

Sitting less than 40 miles off the coast of southern India, the teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka combines tropical paradise with South Asian culture. Visit Buddhist ruins, sandy beaches and forests teeming with wildlife. At Yala National Park see elephants in their natural habitat, spot leopards in the forest and even crocodiles splashing about in lagoons. Waterfalls and golden beaches add to the ambience of this tropical island, but cosmopolitan cities bring the country to life.

Walk to the summit of Sigiriya, a magnificent 5th-century rock fortress that was never conquered, for spectacular views of the central plains. Get up close and personal to over 70 elephants in Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, all either rescued or born in captivity. And for a more unusual memento of your visit, why not treat yourself to a pack of writing paper made from fibre-rich elephant dung!

The landscape is incredibly diverse, from the highlands dotted with tea plantations to pristine beaches where you can witness fabulous sunrises and sunsets. Galle retains much evidence of its Dutch colonial heritage, while the lively coastal resort of Negombo is the perfect location for a relaxing few days by the sea. Kandy, the capital of the lush highland region, is home to the Temple of the Tooth, which holds a tooth of the Lord Buddha and so is considered one of Sri Lanka’s holiest shrines.

The cuisine has a strong Asian flavour but with unexpected twists. Don’t confuse rice and curry, for example, with curry and rice. The former is a Sri Lankan speciality consisting of a huge bowl of rice with an assortment of interesting side dishes, while the latter is a curry with an accompaniment of rice that is associated, of course, with the Indian mainland. And no visit to Sri Lanka is complete without a short trip on a tuk-tuk, best described as a motorised rickshaw, and an Ayurvedic massage, a soothing and incredibly relaxing ancient massage technique involving scented oils, which will be especially welcome after a heart-stopping tuk-tuk ride.

Currency: Sri Lankan Rupees

Visas: 30 Day Tourist Visa

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CMV Grand Africa & Indian Ocean Voyage
Escape the cold European winter this season and head to the ultimate travel adventure, a breathtaking cruise visiting South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya where you will be able to discover their abundant wildlife, rich culture and desert wilderness. Continue to the Indian Ocen's iconic paradise islands of the Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius, where you can enjoy peaceful days relaxing on their white sand beaches.
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The Leopard at the Wilpattu Park - Cox & Kings Splendours of Sri Lanka
Cox & Kings Splendours of Sri Lanka Solo Tour
This outstanding introductory tour to Sri Lanka combines the cultural triangle’s ancient cities with scenic hill country, man-made marvels and abundant wildlife. Explore Kandy, the last Sinhalese city to fall to the British, and search for leopards and sloth bears in Wilpattu National Park.
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Cox & Kings Sri Lanka - The Enchanted Island
Formerly the island of Ceylon, Sri Lanka has an abundance of natural treasures, historic towns and archaeological ruins for you to discover. The fabulous tour will take you on an exotic journey to the lesser-known sites in Northern, southern and central Sri Lanka.
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Cox & Kings Sri Lanka Summer Explorer
Sri Lanka is a year-round destination: while the west and south succumb to monsoon rains, the period from May to September is the right time to travel to the rest of the country. This tour includes tea plantation tours, sacred Buddhist sights, wildlife tracking excursions, ancient architectural riches and beach relaxation.
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Exodus Cycle the Backroads of Sri Lanka
This trip covers a substantial part of the island, taking in as much as possible of the scenic and cultural variety that Sri Lanka has to offer.
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Exodus Discover Sri Lanka
Lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is a natural paradise with a landscape of verdant mountains, rainforests, paddy fields, tumbling waterfalls and sweeping gorges.
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Just You: Sri Lanka
Admire the majestic elephants of Habarana, visit Sigiriya's 'Fortress in the Sky' and view the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha, then round off your tour with days of relaxation on the beach.
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Kuoni Anantaya Passikudah
Situated on the Passikudah Bay on Sri Lanka’s East Coast, this rustic resort offers stunning rooms and spacious villas. The resort opened in 2016 and the architecture and design have been influenced by Thai and Balinese style with open-air pavilions and thatched buildings throughout the resort. You can choose to stay at the resort on a Half Board, Full Board or All Inclusive Package.
Kuoni Dickwella Resort & Spa
This small and friendly resort has a prime position on Sri Lanka’s peaceful south coast. Flanked by two golden beaches, with sensational views over the sweeping bays and crashing surf, the Dickwella Resort is focused on laid-back beachfront relaxation. Gaze out over the ocean from the pool and listen to the waves crashing on the rocks below while you enjoy meals at Surf Spray, the main restaurant.
Kuoni Jetwing Sea
On Negombo Beach, a short walk from local shops, bars and restaurants, this resort offers a serene stay on Sri Lanka's sunny shores. From the resort, you can hop in a tuk-tuk to explore the local life and it is close to the airport a short 25-minute drive. There’s a roof-top spa, as well as a gym, providing views out over the beach to the ocean while you relax or work out.
Luxury Gold Classical Sri Lanka
Discover the history, cultural highlights and scenic beauty of this tear-shaped island. Including visits to the local markets and the archaeological marvel of Polonnaruwa.
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Explore Sri Lanka and Maldives Family Adventure
Combining an actioned-packed ten day journey across Sri Lanka with a relaxing traditional Dhoni cruise in the Maldives is a winning combination! Explore jungles, discover Buddhist relics, take part in a cookery lesson and tour ancient temple sites on mountain bike, it's all part of the adventure in this tropical paradise known as Buddha's Island.
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Titan - The Best of Sri Lanka
Starting and finishing in the island’s capital, Colombo, you’ll journey to Buddhist temples and botanical gardens, stopping to sample some of the world’s best tea along the way.
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Wendy Wu Highlights of Sri Lanka
From stunning scenery to amazing architecture, Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise island steeped in history and culture. Marvel at magnificent temples, see the UNESCO world heritage listed rock fortress at Sigiriya, discover the fascinating caves at Dambulla and explore the ruined cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura. Also search for the wilderness at Sinharaja Forest Reserve and see the elephants at Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.
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G Adventures Sri Lanka Encompassed
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Saga Sri Lankan Adventure for Solo Travellers
Experience Sri Lanka's colonial past with stays in four heritage properties and discover the historic attractions of bustling Colombo, sacred Kandy, Nuwara Eliya hill station and Galle Fort.
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Saga: Wild About Sri Lanka
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Travelsphere Highlights of Sri Lanka
From visiting lush tea plantations, underground caves and stunning beaches to hiking to the top of UNSESCO-listed Sigiriya rock fortress - discover the very best of Sri Lanka on this 13-day tour.
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Abercrombie & Kent The Spice Lands of Sri Lanka
Discover the spectacular 3000 years old cultural heritage of Sri Lanka, while at the same time marvelling at the country's majestic scenery, peaceful rural surroundings and abundant wildlife.
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