Discover everything the island has to offer, with our Special Tour, a popular choice among the Sri Lankan travel packages offered by Aitken Spence Travels. The tour includes visits to national parks, hill country destinations amidst rolling hills and interactive experiences with friendly locals.
No trip to Sri Lanka is complete without close encounters with the island’s majestic elephants.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is located to the northwest of the Kegalle Town, en route to Kandy and is home to over 70 jumbos. Watch adorable baby elephants gambolling after feedings, after which you can make your way down to the nearby river in time for their bath session.
Explore the sunny city of Anuradhapura, the very first capital of the country. Take in ancient ruins of royal palaces, temples and more. Discover the Buddhist culture of Sri Lanka with visits to the Sri Maha Bodi Tree, take in skilfully hewn statues of the Lord Buddha such as the Auhkana Buddha Statue which stands at a height of 40ft. among a host of various other religious and cultural attractions.
Standing as a sort of sentinel against the tide of time, the iconic rock fortress, known as Sigiriya is a truly breathtaking sight to behold. One of the ‘must do’ activities at this UNESCO World Heritage Site is to make the reasonably easy trek up to the summit, while taking in the iconic frescos of the heavenly maidens, the mirror wall and the gigantic Lion Paws carved solely out of rock.
Sri Lanka’s most ancient kingdom is that of Anuradhapura, however, with its destruction, the privilege was passed on to the Polonnaruwa Kingdom. At the height of its reign, Polonnaruwa was a self-sufficient and highly advanced citadel. Today, it’s a famed UNESCO heritage site home to many ruins that serves as a reminder of city’s once glorious past.
Explore the Dambulla Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which provides insight into a rich heritage which dates back to the first century BC. Take in painstakingly painted ceilings, sculptures of the Lord Buddha in various poses, statues of various deities and more within the five caverns that make up the complex.
Kandy is a hill city which is steeped in culture, natural beauty, historic monuments, enchanting forests, great rivers along with breathtaking vistas of mountains and fertile valleys. One of the most peaceful and picturesque cities on the island, it has retained a quaint charm of its own.
Totalling 147 acres, the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya will prove to be an excellent venue in which to spend time exploring its carefully tended leafy treasures. Home to many plants, flowers, and spices, the gardens are managed by the Division of National Botanic Gardens and continues to attract hordes of visitors throughout the year. Join Aitken Spence Travels and traverse through the modern -day Garden of Eden.
Enjoy a cultural show in the evening.
‘Little England’ or Nuwara Eliya has been a delightful getaway from the stifling heat of the coastline for the elite since colonial times. Offering refreshing mountain air, scenic vistas of rolling hills and an interesting history, this little town is a must a visit.
Nuwara Eliya has been blessed with some truly majestic waterfalls, and a fun trekking experience with us is a great way to discover then among which are Laksapana Falls, Devon Falls and countless more. After which, you can pay a visit to the Victoria Golf Course, a Donald Steele Masterpiece and take in one of the finest golf courses in the whole of South Asia. End your day with a fragrant cup of freshly brewed Ceylon Tea at a cosy tea house such as St. Clair’s Tea Centre.
Horton Plains is bordered by Sri Lanka’s second and the third highest mountain peaks and is situated in the Central Highlands at an altitude ranging from 6,900 ft. - 7,500 ft. The vast terrains of the plains feature stunning waterfalls such as Slab Rock Falls and Bakers Falls towering grandly among the lush evergreen forests. The reserve is home to over 750 species of plants, which are believed to be endemic to the area. Nature lovers can also enjoy a spot of bird watching as its also home to many types.
The Udawalawe National Park is one of the biggest wildlife sanctuaries in Sri Lanka. The sanctuary was created to provide an alternate natural home for animals displaced by the building of the Udawalawe Reservoir and to protect its catchment area. Situated on the boundary of Sri Lanka’s wet and dry zones, the vegetation is light and sparse which makes its easy to observe wildlife.
Nestled between the Southern Plains and the hill country of the island, the vibrant city of Ratnapura is commonly known as the land of gems. The city holds some of the most exquisite precious stones which the country has long since been famous for including the Ceylon sapphire.