Experience Asia's diverse colonial heritage on this 15-day whirlwind tour designed for those with an interest in the history and architecture of times gone by. As you journey through India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Vietnam and Singapore, stay at the finest colonial hotels in each location and explore each city's historic quarters and monuments along the way.
Welcome to Sri Lanka
This mango-shaped island is a bountiful and spirited nation overflowing with natural and cultural wonders – from the cool Tea Country and Cultural Triangle in the country’s interior to the curvaceous caramel sands on the coast. The 17th century Dutch walled fort town of Galle is described by some as the St. Tropez of Asia and Yala National Park is one of the best wildlife destinations outside of Africa.
Sri Lanka is one of God's own places, matching great natural beauty with beautiful manmade creations. Formerly known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka's relatively small size belies its enormously varied landscape; from dense jungles - home to shy leopards and wild elephants - to empty golden beaches; from monasteries and temples peopled by saffron-clad monks to cool, misty mountains contoured with tea and dotted with the bright saris of pickers. Choose from colonial history, the legacy of the Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa, Dambulla and Anuradhapura - which form the Cultural Triangle - the old capital of Kandy and the hill station of Nuwara Eliya. Sri Lankans are incredibly warm and friendly, and bright smiles are everywhere - don't be surprised if a stranger invites you home for tea or to a family meal - it's quite normal! One of the best things about holidays to Sri Lanka is that, due to its small size nothing is very far from anything else; it is possible to spend the morning in the hills watching the tea pickers, the afternoon at an ancient Buddhist temple and the evening eating seafood beside a romantic sandy beach.
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