Sri Lanka is an often overlooked gem in the Indian Ocean. It boasts dense rainforests, tropical beaches, breathtaking highlands, abundant wildlife and a 2000 year old cultural history. After meeting in Colombo, Habarana is our first base for safaris into Minneriya National Park plus visits to the cultural triangle of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya. Highlights include a walk led by a primatologist, climbing the enigmatic 600 foot high Sigiriya Rock and visiting the famous Dambulla Cave Temple, with its recumbent 47 foot long Buddha. Transferring to the central hill country, we enjoy stunning views from our tea estate / ecolodge accommodation. This is our gateway for a day visit to Kandy and walks in the Knuckles mountain range. From our grand resort in the hill country town of Nuwara Eliya, we visit local villages, waterfalls and tropical mountain forests in Horton National Park. Travelling south west, we stay in an ecolodge on the edge of Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve, the largest great lowland Gondwanan Rainforest in Southern Asia. 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 diverse landscapes, exotic tastes and cultural delights of Sri Lanka.