Off the southern tip of India, surrounded by the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean and ringed by coral reefs is the island nation of Sri Lanka. It offers stunning diversity in landscape, flora and fauna and has a rich, complex history going back millennia. Although often overlooked for its larger neighbours, Sri Lanka packs a punch in the world of travel and tourism. A cradle of Buddhism, home to the majestic Asian elephant, a long coastline dotted with pristine beaches, misty hills redolent with the scent of tea plantations, ruins of ancient cities that have witnessed the rise and fall of several kingdoms, modern-day hubs of culture and commerce—Sri Lanka has it all. Whether you fancy roughing it in nature for a few days or relaxing in the lap of luxury, whether you’re a solo traveller looking for adventure or a honeymooning couple, ProVacation has the Sri Lanka tour for you.
Sri Lanka: Live Like A Local is a journey for those who yearn to go off the beaten track and see Sri Lanka not as a tourist but as an honoured houseguest .See the charming countryside around Negombo on a bicycle. Get acquainted with local villagers and their daily chores at Tamarind Gardens in Digana. Enjoy Sri Lanka’s famed hospitality at a homestay in Ella. Attend evening worship at the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy amid throngs of local devotees. Go white-water rafting in Kitulgala. Experience Colombo like the residents do—via tuktuk! This holiday is sure to make you lose your heart to Sri Lanka.
The Heart of Ceylon invites you to the experience of a lifetime. This comprehensive tour package showcases the best of Sri Lanka in 10 days, traversing this gem of an island nation from the North Central Province, through the hill country, to the deep south and onward to the west. Dip into Sri Lanka’s two-and-half-thousand-year-old history in the ruins of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura. Experience the electric vibe of the modern cities of Kandy and Colombo. Relish a host of Sri Lanka’s culinary delights including fresh fruit, local curries and seafood preparations. Soak in the stunning natural beauty of the central highlands in Nuwara Eliya and Horton Plains. Treat yourself to an ayurvedic massage and some of Sri Lanka’s famous gemstone jewellery, antiques, and crafts. Get a taste of Sri Lanka’s wild side at the Yala National Park. If you’re lucky, you may spot an elephant or a leopard. Slow your rhythm to the beat of the waves in the vibrant coastal cities of Galle and Bentota. Welcome to the heart of Ceylon!
Pro Vacation invites you to an exclusive Gastronomic Sri Lanka tour for a chance to experience the culinary delights of this vibrant island nation. Influenced by its history of trade and colonisation, Sri Lankan cuisine is linked to Indian, Dutch and Indonesian food by way of ingredients and cooking techniques. Coconut, spices and rice feature prominently and local traditions dictate diet preferences. Whet your appetite for some of the most flavourful food you have ever tasted, with a cooking class in Kandy, tea tasting and herb tour in Mulleriyawa, fishing and curd making in Weerawila and trips to fresh produce markets. Step carefully through the fragrant tea gardens at Amba Estate. Learn about the biodiversity that supports Sri Lanka’s climate and lifestyle at Bundala National Park and the turtle hatchery in Rekawa. You will also have a chance to see some of Sri Lanka’s beautiful countryside as well as its cosmopolitan cities like Kandy, Galle and Colombo. Explore the ancient Buddhist cave temples of Mulkirigala and see the supposedly second-largest blowhole in the world. Witness the history that has shaped Sri Lanka’s cuisine to its present-day eclectic mix. Bon appétit!
Welcome to the adventure of a lifetime in Sri Lanka! Sandy beaches, clear ocean waters, green hills, tropical forests and mystical waterfalls await you in this island paradise. The astonishing diversity in landscape, flora and fauna make for the most comprehensive adventure itinerary in only 10 days. Begin with whale-watching and snorkelling in Alankuda. Go sightseeing in Kandy and see the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and the remarkable Royal Botanical Gardens. Go white water rafting and hiking in the hill country around Ella. Climb Little Adam’s Peak. Visit Yala and Udawalawe National Parks and the magical Sinharaja Forest Reserve. You’re bound to spot an elephant or hundred. End the holiday on an exhilarating note with scuba diving, surfing and sailing around Bentota. Pro Vacation’s carefully planned and safely conducted tours ensure all of the fun and none of the stress.
Authentic Sri Lanka brings you the complete Ceylonese experience in two unforgettable weeks: from the most important ancient sites of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle to the cosmopolitan cities of Colombo and Kandy, off the beaten path to the less-touristy northern city of Jaffna, with herds of elephants and deer at Yala National Park, up the lush hills of the Knuckles Range and down to the golden beaches and blue waters of Trincomalee and Galle. Sri Lanka is a study in contrasts that make this island nation a rich, vibrant jewel in the Indian Ocean. Whether you enjoy putting your feet up for a few days or a high-adventure vacation, Sri Lanka has something for everyone in the family.
Spiritual Sri Lanka welcomes you on a journey that will rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Visit the beautiful Buddhist Temples of Colombo and Kandy, including the Gangaramaya Temple and the legendary Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Trudge through Udawattakele Sanctuary and Kaudulla National Park where you may spot one elephant or two hundred. Take a walk through the fragrant paths of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kandy. See Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. Climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress and visit the Dambulla Cave Temple. Explore the ruins of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Mihintale, Yapahuwa and Arankele. Rest and refresh yourself with yoga classes and ayurvedic therapies with a week-long stay at Ulpotha. Please note: as many of the places on this itinerary are religious sites, you are requested to dress modestly and observe local customs, including removal of footwear, where necessary.
Sri Lanka’s history of colonisation by the Portuguese, Dutch and British is closely entwined with its abundance of spices. Cinnamon, cardamom, clove, nutmeg, coconut, cashew, tea, etc were all valuable commodities in the old world. As a result, Sri Lanka’s culinary culture exhibits a fusion of European continental influences on its own distinctive styles. You’ll feed all your senses on this gastronomic journey with the tingle of curry on your tongue, the crackle of roasting spices in your ears, the fragrance of fine tea in your nose, the vibrant colours on your plate and the delightful variety of textures in your food. From the fried crab to delicately spiced vegetables, from the local curries to the colonial-influenced sumptuous high teas, Sri Lankan cuisine is rich with the freshest of ingredients and is truly food for the soul.
If conventional, staid holidays are not your cuppa, ProVacation has the perfect adventure for you. Sri Lanka’s marvellous diversity in landscape allows for more possibilities than you can imagine. Soak in the sun along white sand beaches, bathe in the clear blue sea water, go snorkelling, jet-skiing or windsurfing. Sail on the Mahaweli River and go white water rafting and river canyoning across the Kelaniya Ganga. Hike the hill country, trudge through leafy forest trails, lose yourself amid verdant tea plantations and go trekking in the Knuckles Range. Take a safari through any of Sri Lanka’s many national parks and Important Bird Areas. If you’re lucky and quiet enough, you may be able to snag a few pictures of the Asian elephant and the Sri Lankan leopard. And if you’re a morning person, there’s no better time to spot some of Sri Lanka’s endemic birds like the Sri Lanka blue magpie and the crimson-fronted barbet.
Would you like to go fishing in the morning and eat the fish you caught, cooked over a barbecue, in the evening? Perhaps you’d like to try your hand at the potter’s wheel? Experience Sri Lanka’s famed hospitality away from luxury hotels and resorts, and in Sri Lankan homestays and farms. Support local women’s small businesses by buying textile, incense, jewellery, etc directly at the source and attend a crafting lesson yourself, at the workshop. From shelling tamarind to churning butter, from baking the day’s bread to weeding and pruning in the garden, get a deeper understanding of life in Sri Lanka’s villages and the labour that goes into providing the big-city tourist experiences. Immersing yourself in local life is not for everyone but can prove to be an immensely rewarding experience.
Sri Lanka is a study in contrasts and resilience. The modern-day Sinhalese peoples trace their heritage back to ancient kingdoms well before the beginning of the Common Era. The ruins of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa bear testimony to this. Emissaries from the Indian subcontinent signalled the advent of Buddhism, a tradition which has continued to this day. The long colonial period with Portuguese, Dutch and British rule followed by independence, a decades-long civil war, particularly in the northern part of the country, and the devastating tsunami of 2004 have all left their mark. Sri Lanka has emerged battered and bruised but undefeated. From the ravaged and newly-rebuilding north to the polished cosmopolitan tourist spots of the south, from the laid-back coastal villages to the electric cities, Sri Lanka’s very air is thick with adventure and history. You’ll never want to leave Ceylon!