Sky Fortress of Sigiriya & Hidden Villages
Leaving coastal Negombo, we take an elephant back safari amongst lakes and bush, before exploring Sigiriya. Here we make the giddy climb up Lion Rock - its ruined fortress precariously perched on top, and its famous 'Heavenly Maidens' painted in a niche in the sheer cliff face. We also travel into the heart of traditional farming communities by tractor and cart, passing paddy fields and meeting the hospitable locals - a fascinating insight into everyday rural life.
Tea Plantations, Elephants & Rainforest
Heading into the hills and up to Kandy, we visit the much venerated Temple of the Tooth - whose precious relic is said to have belonged to Buddha himself. A dramatic drive takes us through tea plantations set amongst magnificent mountain scenery, before we take to jeeps in the Udawalawe National Park. As well as hopefully viewing wild elephants on our game drives, we'll catch up with our sponsored baby elephant, Serendip, at the elephant transit home.
Outrigger Canoes & Beaches
A scenic coastal journey takes us through small fishing villages where stilt-fishermen, broad sandy beaches and outrigger canoes are commonplace. Our last days are spent relaxing on the beach at Unawatuna - an easy-going place to swim or from which to visit the old Dutch city of Galle.
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