Sri Lanka with Kandy’s Esala Festival | July 2022

15 Days
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Sri Lanka is an island-nation in the Indian Ocean separated from India by the Palk Strait. It is “almost” linked to India by a mostly underwater atoll called Adam’s Bridge. It is a very lush, tropical island sitting just north of the equator.

For over 2,000 years the island was ruled by a monarchy which only ceased in 1972 with the appointment of a president. Sri Lanka’s population of around 22 million – similar to our own – is multi-ethnic with four main groups. Singhalese (mostly Buddhist) is the largest, followed by Tamils (mostly Hindu), Moors (with Arab origins) and Burghers – a mixed group of Portuguese and Dutch origin who are mainly Christians. Generally speaking, it is a poor country but tourism is helping to change that. Apart from the tourist industry, its core source of income comes from tea exportations, spices, rubber textiles, and petroleum refining. About 30% of the island is covered by forest and about 10% of this is national park.

There are many reasons to visit this country – there is so much to see and do. Even though it is a relatively small country, each region is quite different. The indigenous and colonial history is fascinating. The food is fabulous. The scenery is spectacular. Plus, the abundance of wildlife — one of the draw-cards for travellers — will take you by surprise. Visiting the national parks — and sometimes in the wild — you may spot sambar deer, Sri Lankan elephants, leopards, sloth bears, crocodiles, water buffalo, and hundreds of birds species.

Grab your camera and joins us.

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  1. The Sigiriya Heavenly Rock Fortress
  2. Experience the colourful Esala Festival in Kandy
  3. Safari drives spotting the abundance of wildlife
  4. Sri Lanka’s wonderful food culture
  5. Sunset on the Dutch lighthouse in stunning Galle
  6. UNESCO-listed Dambulla rock cave temple
DEPARTURE DATE
28 July 2022
DURATION 15 days
TOUR COST $5,490
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
$1,400 Additional
INCLUDED
All transportation as per itinerary
Twin-share accommodation
Transfers to and from hotels as per itinerary
Meals as listed on the itinerary
Entry fees to places of interest as per itinerary
All tipping including drivers and guides
Experienced English speaking local tour guide/driver
Escorted by an Australian host (subject to minimum numbers of 10 clients)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    • Tour cost excludes international flights
    • Tours depart with a minimum of 4 clients
    • No more than 16 clients on any trip
    • Tour extensions – before or after tour extensions can be arranged on your behalf
    • International flights can be arranged by Blue Dot Travel
    • To book and reserve your place on a tour, a deposit of $500 and a completed booking form is required