From its famous golden sandy beaches to the spectacular wilderness hiding ancient ruins to the world-renowned tea paradise in the highlands, Sri Lanka has no end to its wonders, whichever direction you travel on the island. From endless adventures to solace in the sun, we have picked three exciting things you can expect to do in Sri Lanka, with Pan Lanka.
In the north-west of Sri Lanka lies the peninsula of Kalpitiya, renowned as a natural habitat for dolphins, especially, playful Spinner dolphins in their hundreds. Spinner dolphins are known for their relentless acrobatic displays and their friendly presence alongside boats, swimming in multiple pods. There are other varieties of dolphins too that you can spot here, including Bottlenose, Risso and the Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins.
Dolphins in Kalpitiya are usually seen near the famous Bar Reef, which is less than an hour away from the beach by boat. November to March/April are the best times of the year for dolphin watching in the Peninsula, and during these months there’s a chance of spotting the Blue whale and the Sperm whale in the same waters. Join Pan Lanka’s Scenic Trails, Leopards and Dolphins or Up close with Wildlife and Nature to be a part of the big dolphin adventure.
Up close with the Asian elephant
There’s no better place to watch the majestic Asian elephants frolic, bathe and feed up close than the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka, which has the largest herd of captive Asian elephants in the world. The Orphanage provides care and protection to many orphaned young wild elephants displaced from their habitats. It is a real treat to watch them in the river during their bath time and to see the babies being fed their share of milk at feeding time. Pan Lanka’s Scenic Train Journey, Gourmet Delight, Family Adventure and World Heritage Site tours have Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage as a favourite destination.
In the cool Hill Country on the central plains of Sri Lanka is where the world’s best tea comes from. Scenic and lush, Nuwara Eliya is a remarkable place to visit one of its many tea factories producing world-famous Ceylon tea. Watch the tea pickers as they pluck the tender tea leaves on the mountainside, and fill their large baskets. Then, inside the tea factory, you will be shown how fermentation rolling, drying, cutting, sieving and grading of tea are done. Pan Lanka’s tours to the Hill Country will certainly take you to one of the most panoramic tea estates.