For decades Sri Lanka has impressed travellers with its rich cultural heritage, ancient kingdoms, magnificent ruins, diverse mix of cultures and delicious cuisine, which, together with its lush vegetation creates an exciting and colourful tapestry to explore. We believe that Sri Lanka is the perfect place to see and experience ‘all in one go’ on spectacular cultural tours.
With two millennia of continuous human settlement, it is no wonder that Sri Lanka has a rich cultural heritage. According to legends and research, Indo-Aryan settlements marked its beginnings. Centuries of influence of Buddhism and Hinduism, together with the colonial inheritance from the Portuguese, Dutch and British added colour and variety with new traditions, architecture and art and cuisine that resonate a vibrant mix of east meeting west. Our cultural tours are designed to provide a good mix of the country’s ancient ruins, classical art, design and architecture, colourful festivals and unique cuisine in both well known and lesser-known locations. They focus on discovering the true essence of cultural heritage, and are conducted by qualified and experienced local guides.
Sri Lanka has eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, five of which - Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Kandy and Anuradhapura - are located in the area known as the ‘Cultural Triangle’. Time spent in this area exploring its well-preserved ruins, stunning murals, fortresses and temples opens up the fascinating world that existed during the time of the ancient kings who ruled the country with tenacity and passion. Sri Lanka’s diversity of cultures has given birth to colourful religious festivals including, Wesak for Buddhists, the Nallur Festival for Hindus and the Madhu Festival for Catholics. Both Sinhalese and Tamils, reflecting traditions somewhat common to both ethnic groups, celebrate the country’s New Year, in the month of April.
The discovery of Sri Lankan cuisine is a highlight of our cultural tours. The country has recently earned a reputation for its unique culinary cleverness that changes from region to region with spice levels, vegetables and the staple rice, not to mention an array of seafood, available throughout the country - a tribute to island life. Accommodation is another highlight, with options ranging from cosy boutique hotels to ultra-luxurious properties. Popular with travellers are the beautifully restored colonial plantation bungalows situated in working tea plantations that enable guests to experience the days of British planters. More restored heritage properties can be found in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Galle.
Here are sample itineraries for cultural tours in Sri Lanka. Click below to read more about touring the cultural triangle or get in touch to receive a detailed itinerary for a tailor-made holiday in Sri Lanka.
With ancient Buddhist temples, the impressive Sigi...
15 DAYS/14 NIGHTS
Classic Sri LankaRead More
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12 DAYS/11 NIGHTS
Sri Lanka In StyleRead More
Encounter ancient empires and civilisations at Sri...
16 Days/15 Nights
Ancient Sri LankaRead More
Amazing trip! We absolutely loved it. Sri Lanka is now a country we would definitely like to go back to and explore further.Thank you so much for all the work you did in putting the trip together for us. It was a great mix of places for us to get a good feel of the country. We will be encouraging all our friends to go to Sri Lanka.