Immerse yourself in the rich culture of the teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka, which once lured its visitors with a promise of jewels and spices. Today, it’s the new cultural hot spot.
Explore the sacred shrines of the Cultural Triangle, made up of the ancient cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, and Dambulla, renowned for its rock cave temple. This jewel in Sri Lanka’s crown includes the magnificent cliff-top fortress of Sigiriya, known as the Lion Rock, which can be viewed from the stilted resort of Vil Uyana.
Head to the refreshing highlands of Kandy to view the Temple of the Tooth, a reliquary for one of the Buddha’s alleged teeth. Round off your day swimming in a sea of orchids at the tranquil Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, before relaxing at The Kandy House.
The next day, wind through tropical tea plantations on one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world as you travel to Hatton. Enjoy the colonial elegance at Ceylon Tea Trails, where you can literally drink in the culture of this small island that packs punch.