A tropical, tear-drop shaped island in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka combines amazing wildlife experiences with breath-taking historic temples and ancient ruins. Inland explorers can meander through emerald tea plantations in the Hill Country and the Golden Triangle’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Meanwhile, coastal Galle with its colonial fort built by the Portuguese is a great stop for sights and shopping on the way to Unawatuna and Mirissa’s paradise stretch of beaches. For an island so small, Sri Lanka offers the modern-day single traveller a world of choice.
Sri Lanka has it all – ancient sites, endless dreamy beaches, wildlife and flavoursome food. No trip would be complete without visiting the Sigiriya rock fortress or going on a safari in one of its national parks to see elephants, sloth bears, unbelievably colourful birds and if you get lucky, elusive leopards! The cuisine is phenomenal, beautifully fresh – it is a tropical island – seafood curries are a delight and you can breakfast like a king on hoppers.
Sri Lanka’s colonial name was Ceylon, scrapped in 1972 when it became a republic. Today the name Ceylon refers to a popular black tea produced in the Hill Country, there is a delightful, scenic train journey you can take to visit these plantations in the interior. Originally built by the British in 1864 to transport tea to Colombo, the winding tracks pass waterfalls, lush jungle and cross tall bridges.
I was so nervous about embarking on my first Solos Holiday, but I shouldn’t have been – it was the best thing I have ever done!
Wow! Got to see the famous shipwreck beach in Zakynthos with Solos. Can’t wait to discover more of their destinations!
Our tour leader Monica was exceptional! Had such a good time and will be rebooking with Solos. Thanks for a great holiday!
Had the best time with Solos! Discovered beautiful destinations and met some lifelong friends.