The Island of Serendipity
August 16 - September 2, 2018
Led by Mr. Hemakumar Hitige
Single Room Supplement: $1,980
Though only a small island nation, Sri Lanka gives visitors a perfect trifecta of experiences with its diverse natural offerings, vivid culture, and layered history. We begin in Sri Lanka's coastal capital city, Colombo, where Sri Lankan artistry is on full display and the scars of the country's long civil war, now over can be best understood. Head to Dambulla, the island's ancient capital, with sacred rock-carved temples and the extraordinary old palace built into the very countryside. Explore the sight of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura consumed by jungle until its rediscovery in 1817. Drive to the rock fortress of Sigiriya which rises 600 feet above the surrounding plain. For eleven years this was the capital King Kasyapa and his fortress displays eighteen remaining frescoes of voluptuous maidens holding baskets of flowers which seem to float among the clouds In Kandy, celebrate Perahera-an annual Buddhist festival commemorated by vast crowds of pilgrims and a rhythmic procession of fire-dancers and costumed elephants. Drive to Sri Lanka's beautiful tea country to learn about the industry, the livelihood of many locals. Spend a night in Yala National Park, a wildlife refuge of the highest order, protecting one of the most diverse ecosystems and endangered species in the world. End with a visit to the old Dutch settlement of Galle, a prosperous port town that retains all its colonial charm despite centuries of change. Return to Colombo for flights home.
August 16: Thursday. Depart US.
August 17: Friday. Colombo. Galle Face Hotel.
August 18: Saturday. Colombo.
August 19: Sunday. Colombo.
August 20: Monday. Dambulla. Kandalama Hotel.
August 21: Tuesday. Dambulla.
August 22: Wednesday. Dambulla.
August 23: Thursday. Dambulla.
August 24: Friday. Kandy. Cinnamon Citadel Kandy.
August 25: Saturday. Kandy.
August 26: Sunday. Kandy.
August 27: Monday. Nuwara Eliya. Tea Factory Hotel.
August 28: Tuesday. Nuwara Eliya.
August 29: Wednesday. Yala. Cinnamon Wild Yala Hotel.
August 30: Thursday. Galle. Lighthouse Hotel.
August 31: Friday. Galle.
September 1: Saturday. Galle.
September 2: Sunday. Return Home from Colombo.
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