Lyn Taylor has been leading adventures in Nepal and India for many years. She has just returned from her first visit to Sri Lanka and is still trying to come to terms with how amazing the experience was. Here she describes it – and you can join her in February 2017 on her first organised tour there. Here she writes about her trip:
I am so taken back at how such a small island (only around the size of Tasmania) can be packed with so much history and so rich in culture spanning over 3,000 years. Sri Lanka brings together ancient cities of towering fortresses, mystical temple and majestic oasis’s surrounded by exotic water gardens to offer you a divine taste of past, present and future.
For me, it was as if history was unfolding before my eyes. On our tour, our guide explained that Sri Lanka has eight of the world heritage sites which is astounding! There is so much culture, so much mystery and so much to be preserved for future generations. The beauty of this country truly takes your breath away, especially as you approach the acres of Tea Plantations and watch the women dressed in their colourful sarongs picking the tea to perfection.
When you come on a trip to Sri Lanka with me, you will have the chance as I did, to join them in the picking and immerse yourself in the traditions and beauty of tea production. Did you know that Ceylon tea was the first in the world to be produced ethically? This assures that labour rights of the hired labourers are respected at every step and they receive a fair wage, and safe working conditions. For those of you who would consider yourself a tea connoisseur when you visit Sri Lanka, you will certainly be in for a treat!
If a passion for nature and environmental preservation is more your ‘cup of tea’ perhaps, then there are several National Parks to discover. Full of exotic wildlife such as elephants, sloth bears, leopards, tigers, exotic birds and rare mammal such as the endangered purple faced langur, you will feel as if you are entering into another world, an island paradise.
Any adventure tour I hold would not be complete without a tour of the coastline, and Sri Lanka didn’t disappoint! We snorkelled among the sting-rays, and swam with turtles and dolphins only metres out from pristine beaches. This place is an undiscovered corner of paradise, so much so that you feel a beautiful sense of isolation, with no-one around to disturb your serenity as you soak up the sunshine on the glimmering white sandy beaches. The food is crisp and fresh to the palate with an array of mouth- watering seafood and delicious curries made with island spices that give off an aroma like nothing else.
This tour is truly for everyone. If you are after a relaxing stress free holiday, it will provide you will everything you could dream of. Fancy an invigorating dip in the waterfalls, days spent relaxing on the beaches, a casual snorkel or therapeutic massages? Or perhaps even learn the art of Silanese cooking! On the other hand, if you are seeking more of a thrill, you can dive straight into the action with challenges such as climbing Sigirya Rock and day cycling trips. Imagine going on an adventure to see secluded ancient Buddhist temples, or join in on a spectacular four-hour hike through the beautiful highlands.
Or you may wish to lash out and do it all! Whatever your fancy, we can tailor this trip to be something special and an experience you will never forget. For me, Sri Lanka has become a place of hidden wonder, a place that I want to return to time and time again to discover more of its beauty and more of its treasures. Would you like to join me?
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