Sri Lanka with Luxury & Style (13 Days): A Sample Itinerary
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DavidTravel Itinerary Highlights include:
• Visit St. Anthony’s Dutch era
church with its collection of 19th century artifacts, and see
Colombo Fort railway station built in 1880
• Explore the gardens, water gardens, and the “Heavenly maidens”
• Visit the ruins of the Royal Palace of
King Parakramabahu I,
originally a massive 7-story wood and stone structure, and the
adjacent Audience Hall and Kumara Pokuna, the royal bathing pool
• In Balapitiya, take a boat ride on the Madhu River to see the
many prawn traps along the banks
A teardrop-shaped island cast
adrift in the Indian Ocean,
Sri Lanka is filled with cultural and natural treasures.
Indians, Portuguese, Dutch and British have all left their marks
here, making for a delightful mix of ancient cities, monuments
and atmospheric colonial architecture.
At the same time, palm-fringed beaches are never far away and
lush mountainous greenery beckons inland. It's clear to see why
Marco Polo proclaimed Sri Lanka to be one of the best islands in
However, its teardrop shape is not inappropriate and Sri Lanka
has known its fair share of political turmoil and natural
disasters in recent decades. Once the country became a Republic
in 1972, serious conflict arose from the Tamil minority
(occupying the north and east), who demanded a separate state.
Conflict with the Tamil Tigers seemingly came to an end in May
2009 with the death of the Tiger's leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.
Areas in the affected northeast of the country are beginning to
be removed from FCO lists, opening up the region for tourism.
The country was also devastated by the 2004 tsunami, which
killed more than 30,000 Sri Lankans and wiped out many coastal
communities. While many tourists have been discouraged by the
troubles, tourism is a healing force in this hard-hit country,
and visitors will be guaranteed a warm welcome.