Whittalls Travels Seat-in Coach Tour gives you the opportunity to have a true Sri Lankan travel experience avoiding the hassle of arranging transport and accommodation or looking for a tour itinerary. Book your seat on our luxury bus where you will be picked up from the airport. This 8-day long Seat-in Coach Tour will take you through some popular attractions of Sri Lanka along with the relishing hospitality of some of the best hotels in the country. Also, it will showcase some breathtaking views, lushes’ greens, orange skies and panoramic mountains of Sri Lanka. Experience the local way of life with unique activities and excursions. All this and more, hassle free with the expert care and guidance of one of our professional guides. Book today to secure your seat!
The Galle Dutch Fort walking tour captures the imagination of travellers with its historic sites and unique fusion of European and Arabic architectural and cultural influences. As you wander the streets of the Dutch Fort you'll pass stylish cafes, quirky boutiques and impeccably restored hotels owned by local and foreign artists, writers, photographers and designers. Arabic and colonial influences of the Portuguese, British and particularly the Dutch on the city culture, architecture and cuisine is evident to this day.
Five of the seven species of turtles use Sri Lanka’s coastline as nesting beds. These include Leatherback Turtles, Green Turtles, Loggerhead Turtles, Hawksbill Turtles and Olive Ridley Turtle. All five species are endangered and need conservation as they are subject to entanglement in fishing gear, poached for meat, shells and eggs, losing of coastal habitats, polluted seas and Global warming. The Turtle Hatchery aims to protect sea turtle eggs and increase hatching rates. It also cares for injured or disabled turtles who are unable to fend for themselves. Key nesting areas are patrolled by staff at the Turtle Hatchery at night, seeking to protect Sea Turtles through the egg laying process. The experience is educational and provides great insight into the hard work done by those working tirelessly towards the conservation of these beautiful creatures.
Udawalawe is a town associated with the Sri Lankan subspecies of the Asian Elephant. A high population of elephants roam the jungles of the Udawalawe National Park, the town’s most significant establishment. The mild forests and open grass plains of the park shelter an abundance of wildlife including the Sri Lankan Leopard, Axis Deer, Wild Water Buffalo and a host of birds including winter m igrants. Udawalawe is also popular for the establishment of the Elephant Transit Home which was founded in 1995. The Transit Home helps rehabilitate orphaned elephants so they can be released back into the wild.
Elephant Transit Home is supported by Born Free. Founded in 1995, the Home’s primary objective is to Retrieve, Rehabilitate and Release orphaned or injured wild baby elephants. Frequent and escalating Human-Elephant Conflicts (HEC) have resulted in the death of adult Elephants in the wild. Most baby elephant are orphaned or injured during these conflicts and left behind by perpetrators. All care at the facility is given by well trained staff who make every effort to minimize contact between themselves and the babies.
During the time the British Empire occupied Sri Lanka in the 19th Century, a railway service was commenced in many parts of the island to transport Tea from the Hill country estates to Colombo Port and imported goods to the interior of the Island. Train travel in Sri Lanka can be an adventurous experience.
Afternoon – Kandy City Tour (includes Temple of the Tooth)
Sri Lanka has been a popular spice trading capital since ancient times. Portuguese, Dutch and British colonists had a keen interest in Ceylon’s (as it was known) spice culture which was of significant commercial value. Spice is predominately used to enhance the flavour and aroma of food. Used with the right combination, spices can turn the simplest food into a fulfilling experience. Spice Gardens facilitate an aromatic stroll through fragrant greenery.
Golden Temple of Dambulla or Dambulla Cave Temple is a complex of caves with 157 statues dating back to the 01st Century B.C. It is the largest and best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka and has been a sacred pilgrimage site for 22 Centuries. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, the complex contains a cave monastery, with its five sanctuaries and contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues relate to Gautama Buddha, his life, battles and also historic recollections of the island’s glorious past. Dambulla contains 152 Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings, 4 statues of gods and goddesses including the two Hindu gods Vishnu and Ganesh. Prehistoric Sri Lankans are believed to have lived in the caves within the complex long before the arrival of Buddhism to the island as burial sites with human skeletons dating back to over 2700 years have been discovered.
Pidurangala Rock is the best viewing point to see the Sigiriya Rock Fortress as it is only slightly lower than the Fortress and sits adjacent to it. Views of the sunrise and a picture perfect 360-degree view of the surrounding valleys enthrall travellers both near and far. At the base of the rock you will find an ancient temple monastery. You will progress to trek through a rocky path cutting through patches of shrub jungle.