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Sri Lanka: An exquisite pearl

It maybe the emerging wonder of Asia, but this pearl drop of a tropical paradise has long held its visitors spellbound, dating as far back as 1505 with the arrival of the first recorded Europeans on the island.

 
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    Mini Island Tour

    This tour will take you to historic Dambulla Cave Temple to the Dalada Temple and various cultural activities in Kandy including the Royal...

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    Seat-in-coach Tour

    This is a group tour operated daily. Minimum number of participants is 2 (two) persons. Bookings are accepted until 3 days before each tour...

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    Peace n Serenity Tour

    Explore the unique island heritage. Head to the Kandy town and soak up its historic past and culture, explore Dambulla rock temple, climb...

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About Sri Lanka

Formerly known as Ceylon, SRI LANKA is a pearl-drop island located in the Indian Ocean. The island is kissed by the tropical sun for most parts of the year except when the tropical monsoon rains arrive. Endowed with natural phenomenon such as world famous beaches, mountains, hills and plains, rocks, caves and waterfalls, Sri Lanka belongs to the Indomalaya ecozone and is one of the 25 biodiversity hotspots in the world.

Having a rich history, the first Sinhalese probably arrived from Northern India in 6th century B.C. The island’s major religion, Buddhism was introduced in 3rd century B.C, and a great civilization began at the cities of Anuradhapura (kingdom from circa 200 B.C. to circa A.D. 1000) and Polonnaruwa (from about 1070 to 1200). In the 14th century, a south Indian dynasty established a Tamil kingdom in northern Sri Lanka. In the 16th century the island was overrun by the Portuguese and in the 17th century by the Dutch. It was taken over by the British in 1796 where it became a crown colony until 1948, when it became an independent nation.

Tensions between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil separatists led to a war in 1983 which ultimately ran for over two decades; until in May 2009, the military managed to defeat the LTTE forces.

Multiple ethnicities make up for a unique and wonderful nation that exhibits diverse customs and cultures. Sinhalese account for 73.8% in the island while Tamils (18%), Muslim (7%) and Burgher (unspecified) make up the rest. Its practiced religions are Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. Sinhala and Tamil are its national languages while English is spoken by a minority.

Anuradhapura
Anuradhapura

Situated almost at the centre of the island’s northern plains, the city rose to prominence very early in the development of Sri Lanka, and maintained its pre-eminent position for more than a millennium until being finally laid waste by Indian invaders in 993. Today, Anuradhapura remains a magical place....

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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is home to the world’s largest troupe of captive pachyderms. The animals here range from newborns to elderly matriarchs, and include abandoned elephants, as well as those injured in the wild. Twice daily the elephants are driven to the Ma Oya river for a leisurely bath but...

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Hill Country
Hill Country

Occupying the island’s southern heartlands, the sublime green heights of the hill country are a world away from the sweltering coastal lowlands – indeed nothing encapsulates the scenic diversity of Sri Lanka as much as the short journey by road or rail from the humid urban melee of Colombo to the cool...

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Trincomalee
Trincomalee

Eastern Sri Lanka’s major town, Trincomalee has been celebrated since antiquity for its superlative deep-water harbour, one of the finest in the world. The town served as the major conduit for the island’s seaborne trade during the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa periods, and the harbour was later fought...

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Sigiriya
Sigiriya

About 165 km away from Colombo, the spectacular citadel of Sigiriya – a remarkable archeological site made unforgettable by its dramatic setting rises sheer and impregnable out of the denuded plains of the dry zone, sitting atop a huge outcrop of gneiss rock towering 200m above the surrounding countryside....

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私は素敵な旅行のために、もう一度あなたに感謝したいと思います。グループの誰もが両方のスタッフと旅程で、幸せでした。素晴らしい仕事。

Ichirō Tsukada – Akiruno-shi, Tokyo 197-0833 Japan

We have just arrived back in Kyiv after the most incredible holiday in Sri Lanka. It has been a tour of a lifetime arranged by Maldiviana Holidays. The 6 days we spent truly added so much to our experience. Our only sadness is that we were not able to spend more time

Kateryna Berezhnaya – m. Kyiv, 03110 Ukraine

My family have asked me to thank you once again for our wonderful tour of Sri Lanka. You looked after us so nicely & we saw more than we had expected. Historical places were totally magnificent, to finish with that relaxing beach holiday, but so much more besides.

Blažek Ivánek – Praha 4, 14000 Czech Republic

We spent 2 weeks in Sri Lanka & Maldives, in the capable hands of Maldiviana. Everything worked without a hitch. Excellent experience and I can’t say enough about guides. They were knowledgeable, but more importantly, they understood our expectations every time.

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