Modes of Travel | February3rd, 2017

Exotic Voyages


Exotic Voyages, Sri Lanka

Discover, Explore, Experience Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, poised in the Indian Ocean near the southernmost tip of India, has become an increasingly popular destination as it emerges as a welcoming, tourist friendly, fascinating alternative to many of the region’s better known tourist centers.

Enjoy the unique qualities of cultural diversity, a history that bridges an iconic Buddhist tradition infused with a colonial past and an interesting mix of descendants of merchants and traders who traversed this strategic route between the Spice Islands, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. This Age of Discovery is experiencing a renaissance in Sri Lanka and the exotic natural beauty, wildlife, extraordinary beaches, and iconic cultural treasures is an invitation to travelers seeking new and exciting travel destinations.

Exotic Voyages Tours, Sri Lanka, unlocks the mysteries and wondrous secrets of  the lovely landscapes and seascapes of this country once known as Ceylon. From lush green misty hillsides terraced with renowned tea plantations, to pristine beaches inviting surfers, snorkelers, divers, sea turtle lovers, and sun worshippers to new playgrounds; gardens of spices and quaint Dutch colonial towns captivate. Your tour may lead you to centuries old ruins of ancient kingdoms and temples, caves where pilgrims from the earliest inhabitants have sought spiritual enlightenment, and a palace perched on a rock peak, the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha in Kandy, is not to be missed. You truly will feel blessed.

The wonders of Sri Lanka unfold with your personal professional guide navigating you through the abundant natural wonders, historic, cultural and religious sites to be discovered. Tours are customized, designed to meet your time frame and interests. Consider a wildlife safari, close encounters with elephants at Minneriya National Park, the Elephant Orphanage, and search for the elusive leopards in the Yala National Park. Experience the rare encounter with sea turtles at the protectorate hatchery where seven species of these endangered treasures of the sea emerge to lay their eggs in the sands of Rekawa. Or choose to adventure with wildlife while Glamping at the Yala National Park.

Exotic Voyages Sri Lanka joins this well known respected brand in providing premier tours encompassing opportunities to highlight your travel experience whether your time allows for a two week immersion in the sights and delights of Sri Lanka, five days or two. Whether you are traveling solo, as a couple or a family, or a group of friends, Exotic Voyages will make your Sri Lankan holiday an incomparable meaningful and memorable destination discovery.

What to Explore

Ancient Sri Lanka – Exotic Voyages introduction to Sri Lanka gives guests with limited time a glimpse of the country’s highlights. Over four nights and five days travelers will visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Sigiriya Rock Fortress, with ruins of an ancient palace atop a granite peak; Polonnaruwa, a former capital known for its 12th century ruins; Dambulla Cave Temple, a cave monastery that has been frequented by pilgrims for over 22 centuries; the spice gardens in Matale, for a look into the spices the island is famous for; and a visit to Kandy, the country’s spiritual and cultural hub.

Buddha’s Foot Print
– History and religion buffs can visit many of the country’s most sacred sites in this five night itinerary. The journey begins in Anurdhapura, exploring the ruins of the first kingdom of Sri Lanka, before visiting the royal capital of Polonnaruwa with its 12th century ruins; and Sigiriya Rock Fortress, one of the country’s most iconic locations with a palace atop a rock peak. Also on the agenda is a visit to Dambulla Cave Temple, a cave monastery that has been frequented by pilgrims for over 22 centuries and the spice gardens of Matale for a look into the spices the island is famous for. In Kandy the highlight is the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. The trip finishes exploring the country’s animal kingdom with a visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

Discover Sri Lanka – Designed for those who want to do it all, and do it in one trip, this two week itinerary traverses the country to immerse visitors in Sri Lanka’s culture, history, and wildlife. Ancient ruins are explored in the former capital of Polonnaruwa, the rock fortress of Sigiriya, and the pilgrimage site of Dambulla Cave Temple. Visitors can see local wildlife with a visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and safaris in Yala National Park, the best place in the country to spot a leopard, and Minneriya National Park, where you can view elephants in the wild. A turtle hatchery along the coast is also on the schedule. Picturesque tea plantations are explored in Nuwara Eliya and spice gardens introduced in Matale. In two of the countries most popular towns – Galle, a traditional dutch fort, and the World Heritage Site of Kandy – guests are treated to tours of each location’s highlights.

For many years Sri Lanka’s tourism suffered due to the civil war but all its political unrest is firmly in the past. Unlike some countries that rely on ‘Dark Tourism’ to attract visitors the country has focused on its stunning natural beauty to draw guests in. With a rapidly developing tourism infrastructure, safaris that bring you up close to elephants and other magnificent animals, a fascinating colonial history, rich culture, and stunning beaches, along with some of the friendliest people we’ve met, we feel this sleeping giant will be on the up in 2017 and have already seen an increase in visitors in recent years.” Andrew Carroll, global head of sales and marketing for Exotic Voyages.

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