Sri Lanka Tour

With a history dating back to the birth of time, the exotic isle of Sri Lanka packages pristine beaches and captivating cultural heritage alongside distinct wildlife encounters. International Expeditions’ new Sri Lanka tour transports you from azure seas to green mountains, taking in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, lush tea estates, prime spots for whale-watching and a national park that is home to the world’s greatest concentration of wild leopards. Along the way, skilled naturalist and historian guides immerse you deeply into a culture extending over 2,500 years.

Discover a Wild Island

Our Sri Lanka tour focuses on exploration of the natural highlights of the island while being immersed in nature. You’ll explore two national parks – Wilpattu, Sri Lanka’s largest national park, and Yala, which boasts the world’s highest density of wild leopards. Plus, our departures are timed to take advantage of the country’s long season to search for both sperm whales and blue whales; the largest animal on Earth.

Survey Sri Lanka's Heritage

Our Sri Lanka tour guests survey the island’s cultural heritage, taking-in six UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Join a local author and photographer on a walking tour through the Portuguese fort at Galle to discover the colonial history and best angles for capturing memorable shots. In the ancient cities of Anuradhapura, Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa, you explore the country’s medieval capitals, walking among the ruins of massive buildings and reading famed “Sigiri graffiti” in the Sinhalese language. Even overnight in the sacred city of Kandy, touring the city and enjoying a show of traditional dances. More adventurous travelers can attempt the ancient method of stilt fishing after meeting the intriguing locals who are preserving this centuries-old tradition.

 

IE Custom Travel Planner Kim Guth on her 2013 trip to Sri Lanka

“Relaxed national parks, elephant encounters and wildflowers mingle with 2,000 years of culture. Plus, it’s just a short drive from white beaches to impossibly green tea plantations. But more than anything, I felt at such peace. In conversations with locals, they shared their beliefs – emphasizing kindness to strangers and the inherent good in people. This is definitely the time to go to Sri Lanka.”