A crucible of early sinhalese civilisation
In the heart of the country’s interior you’ll find the crucible of early sinhalese civilisation, better known as the Cultural Triangle,with its jungle covered hills, ruined cities like the ancient capital Anuradhapura and cave temples brimming with Buddhist sculptures and paintings.
Glorious beaches – arrow straight or curved within rocky bays
With year-round sun, hang your hammock between two seaward leaning palms and take in the aqua marine blue waves.
Soar by helicopter over the most iconic vistas of the hill country
The rolling tea plantations that carpet vast swathes of terrain in an emerald sea. Women draped in colourful saris resemble butterflies as they toss leaves into baskets slung on their back.
BOARD THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TRAIN RIDE IN THE WORLD
Take the train in Sri Lanka’s hill country and you are in for a real treat. All up country rides are breathtaking experiences but the journey between Ella and Kandy is hailed as the most beautiful train ride in the world.
Spy on saltwater crocodiles emerging from the watering hole to catch a sambur (a kind of large antlered deer)
Sipping on a sunset cocktail enjoy an entire community of Gray lanhur monkeys playing in the palm trees. Experience a breath taking view of herds of elephants emerging from the scrub vegetation moving solemnly towards the glinting waters of a lake.
TASTE THE FLAVOUR POPPING FOOD
Lacy hoppers (crisp bowl shaped rice-flour pancakes) with fragrant coconut sambal and yellow dhal – all you will ever want for breakfast. Rice and curry is one of the greatest Sri Lankan culinary dishes but don’t just expect a bowl of rice with one side dish – feast on an assortment of delicious culinary delights that will colour your table.