Sri Lanka is an often overlooked gem in the Indian Ocean. It boasts dense rainforests, tropical beaches, breathtaking highlands, abundant wildlife and a diverse cultural history. Explorations will take us into the cultural triangle of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya. Highlights include a walk led by a primatologist, enigmatic 600 foot high Sigiriya Rock climb and famous Dambulla Cave Temple, with its recumbent 47 foot long Buddha. Transferring to the central hill country we enjoy stunning views from our comfortable accommodation. This is our gateway for tours through local villages and to tropical mountain forests. Spectacular waterfalls, rambling views and local tea estates are key attractions of this region. Travelling south west to the biodiversity hotspot of Sinharaja, we stay near a World Heritage tropical rainforest. A local naturalist will lead us through this fertile area which is high in endemic species, especially birds. Our final destination is the seaside colonial city of Galle, an old trading port, influenced by Portuguese and Dutch colonialists, now resplendent with rambling laneways, ancient mosques, grand mansions and museums. A local guide leads us through the Galle Fort; illustrating connections between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions. Your 15 days will be filled with the exotic landscapes, tastes and delights of Sri Lanka.