Sri Lankan culture, food, drink and markets make up this exclusive day out. Leaving early, you'll reach Mahawewa in time to witness traditional pottery making before heading to see how coconut fibre, or coir, is made at the market. The local fair will be your next insight into life here, then walk over to the toddy tapping experience to see how a popular alcoholic drink is sourced. After a warm cup of Ceylon tea at a local's house, you'll roam around the market looking for fresh ingredients for later on. Pop on an apron to help prepare three Sri Lankan curries for lunch then visit a batik factory to see a traditional form of fabric art.
If there's one word that defines Sri Lanka, it's ‘wild'. And as home to some 500 elephants, Udawalawe National Park is considered the best park to spot them in the country. Kick off at the Elephant Transit Home, where orphaned baby elephants are cared for after rescue from the wild. You'll arrive at feeding time so you can watch the little ones bottle-feed from a viewing platform just metres away. On the safari, you can expect to see buffalo, monkeys, deer and crocodiles. And, if you're lucky, there's also the elusive Sri Lankan leopard to be spotted. To top it off, lunch is included.
Begin your morning in Sri Lanka with a trip to the Yala National Park! Enjoy an exhilarating safari and see amazing wildlife.
Polonnaruwa is the second most ancient city in Sri Lanka which has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site and see Toque Macaques monkeys.
Enjoy a breezy bike ride in Negombo and explore the beautiful sandy, coastal village of Nainamadama with pick-up from Colombo.
This two-day tour ticks off everything you've come to expect from Sri Lanka – from animal sanctuaries to ancient temples. Surrounded by the ocean, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort is a peeling maze of streets dating back to the Dutch colonial era. There's also a trip to Koggala turtle hatchery. You'll also be able to observe the made-for-Instagram southern tradition of stilt fishing. And there's also a visit to the Weherahena Viharaya temple. You'll also enjoy a safari in Yala National Park. And you'll also drop into Udawalawe elephant transit camp to watch the calves being fed.
Like four cities in one, Colombo is a grand mix of colonial architecture, verdant cricket greens and gleaming skyscrapers. Boasting countless monuments, this Colombo city tour is jam-packed. Throughout the day, you'll see sights like the Gangaramaya Temple and Wolvendaal Church. You'll drop in at the Fort area and tour elegant boulevards and buildings that hark back to the days of British rule and stop by Galle Face to see kids play cricket on the beach. Pettah is famed for its bazaar and Dutch colonial architecture– pick up some souvenirs before enjoying high tea with a view in the Galle Face hotel.
This half-day excursion fills one morning with as much splash-tastic action as you can handle. If you opt for the south coast tour, you'll head to Bentota. Here you'll experience banana boating first, followed by a tube ride, then rip through the waves on a 15-minute jet ski ride. An hour-long boat ride or canoeing is next, followed by some water trampoline action. The west coast tour kicks off with a welcome drink at Negombo Lagoon. This sheltered estuary is the ideal place to hop on a jet ski, banana boat, sofa and tube ride. That's all followed up by some kayaking and a boat tour along the lagoon.
If any one city epitomises the multicultural history of Sri Lanka, then it has to be Galle. The old town is packed into a walled peninsula and boasts a maze of alleys lined with Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial architecture. But the adventure begins at Balapitiya, where we'll stop for a boat ride in the Madu River.You'll explore its marshes, which are home to almost 20 species of birds and a wide variety of reptiles and amphibians, too. You should be able to spot a fair few during a river safari that'll also take you through mangrove forests. The Madu has 64 islets, and we'll do a bit of island hopping before dropping by at the Ambalangoda Mask Museum.Then we'll head to historic Galle. It will enchant you with its rich heritage, quaint streets and hives of artistic activity. Check out the old Dutch church and the beautiful white mosque at the ramparts by the sea. Oh, and the beaches aren't bad, either. Lunch will be in Galle, and you'll be able to visit a moonstone mine in Meetiyagoda if you'd like, before a final stop at a turtle hatchery.
Enjoy a day trip to Anuradhapura e discover the story and the beauty of the sacred bodhi tree considered to be the oldest tree in the world.
Galle epitomises Sri Lanka's multicultural history more than any other city. You'll arrive in the afternoon and kick off with a traditional puppet show in a puppet theatre. Next up is a guided walk through the partially walled Galle Fort, which dates from the Dutch colonial period in the 17th century. Drop into old churches, walk the walls and peek into old merchant houses where generations of Moorish families still live. Round off your day by taking your seat near Galle Fort Green for sunset while you tuck into some local snacks and sip on locally grown Ceylon tea.
Enjoy the experience to stay in a panoramic glass cabin nested on a rock platform at the Crate Adventure ATV Park.
Its name means the ‘Land of Lakes' and Wilpattu National Park really does live up to its billing. Occupying a large swathe of northwestern Sri Lanka, it is famous for its varied wildlife and more than 50 lakes. You'll hop on a 4x4 vehicle and go on safari through the park, with the chance to spot wild animals such as leopards and water buffalo.On your way Wilpattu, we stop at Puttalam lagoon – an expanse of mangrove forest, seagrass and salt marshes. Then, in the park, you'll be able to soak up the peace and tranquillity of Sri Lanka's largest national park – it's so big and densely forested that its vast wilderness has a primeval feel to it.Wilpattu is characterised by its string of ‘villus' – natural basins filled with rainwater. These sand-rimmed depressions are a magnet for thirsty wildlife and among the best places to spot sloth bears, elephants, crocodiles, axis deer and, with a bit of luck, the endangered and elusive Sri Lankan leopard. Other species that call Wilpattu home include owls, eagles and painted storks.
Book this experience to enjoy a relaxing day at the gorgeous, luxurious Anarva Hotel and Spa in Mount Lavinia with pick-up from Colombo.
Prepare to inject your holiday with a Sri Lanka-sized dose of adrenaline-pumping adventure. This whitewater rafting experience is all action from the word go. We'll gear up for the thrills to come with a delicious lunch in the leafy surrounds of a typical restaurant. Then, after a quick safety briefing, it's all ‘downhill' from here. You'll raft down the Kelani River, where whitewater rapids foam up in a wild jungle setting. Then, as the river widens, you'll pass the location used for the classic film, The Bridge on the River Kwai, which is also the perfect spot to jump in for a swim.
Admiring any UNESCO World Heritage Site is a treat. But seeing two in one day is positively spoiling yourself. First up is the Lion Rock of Sigiriya – Asia's answer to Machu Picchu. Rising 200 metres above the jungle, it boasts ancient frescoes, terraced gardens and stunning views. Climb the stairs cut directly into the rock, and pass through the impressive lion-shaped gateway to explore the ruins of a 5th Century royal palace. After lunch, it's on to the Dambulla Rock Temple – a sacred cave carved deep into the mountain that's decorated with huge statues of Buddha and other deities It makes for a show-stopping end to your trip.
In this Angampora martial art workshop, be one of the first to discover and explore this incredible martial art form in its native homeland of Sri Lanka.
Book this tour to enjoy an awesome full-day city tour of Sri Lanka's bustling capital: Colombo visiting Gangarama temple and Pettah district.
Book this tour to kick-off your experience with a traditional boat ride around the city of Negombo Visit Negombo's Hindu Temple and Dutch Fort.
The seas off Mirissa are absolutely brimming with whales and dolphins – and this cruise offers you the chance to see them basking and cavorting in the Indian Ocean. Keep an eye out for any spurts of water in the distance – a sign that one of the whales is near. And you can hear them a mile off, as their songs can reach almost 200 decibels – that's louder than a jumbo jet. On the way back to port, you might encounter pods of dolphins racing with the boat. And once you're back on shore you'll see locals stilt fishing at Unawatuna. After lunch, there's time to relax on the beach or go for a dip.