Your journey begins in the north-central area of Sri Lanka, home to the glorious Cultural Triangle; an undoubted treasure trove teeming with rocky outcrops, religious sites and local wildlife. This is the best location to explore and understand the country’s culture and heritage through uncovering wonderful archaeological remnants of the past. In a hot air balloon, ascend peacefully into the calm sky to witness the sun rising over the mountains. Picture the blanket of coconut trees and rice paddies below with abundant wildlife and waving children. Rising several thousand feet into the air, witness the majesty of the region before landing with a welcome greeting from friendly villagers. Accompanied by a guide, climb up Sigiriya rock, once the royal palace of an ancient Sri Lankan king. During your climb, observe cave shelters, mirror walls and the summit’s ruins before savouring the spectacular views across the surrounding jungle. Take a catamaran boat ride along the Kandalama River for your unique, up-close encounter with domesticated Sri Lankan elephants. Join local mahouts in washing the elephants using coconut husks, listen to commands made and come to understand the close relationship of trust between man and animal in this humbling wildlife experience.
Journey to the beautiful city of Kandy, wander around its unmissable lake and visit the iconic Temple of the Sacred Tooth within the royal palace complex. This cultural experience opens your eyes to where the monks still worship and provide an intriguing insight into the Buddhist religion. From Kandy embark on a Sri Lankan train journey to Ella, renowned for their scenic splendour, this route is the finest of them all. Travelling this route takes you past dramatic highlands, tea plantations and fantastic waterfalls – with everchanging scenery, your eyes won’t want to leave the windows.
Venture to Peak Wilderness Sanctuary, a vital conservation area and home to a large amount of endemic biodiversity and one of Sri Lanka’s most famous natural landmarks. Take a heli to the striking Adam’s Peak, witness the breath-taking views before landing near Aberdeen Falls. Spend time canyoning, abseiling waterfalls and exploring the jungle. To challenge yourself, climb the mountain in the dark, learn from your guide the religious history of this fascinating formation and observe the dawn when the rising sun triggers the ‘shadow of the peak.’