Sri Lanka & Esala Perahera Festival

You will be in Kandy for one of the world’s best festivals, the Esala Perahera Festival, a Buddhist festival that has been taking place in the city since 300 AD.

The highlight is the spectacular sight of over a hundred elephants, decorated in lavish costumes of colourful silk and fairy lights that transform the streets into a glittering marvel. The streets are awash with dancers, acrobats and drummers and the elephant parade.

The tropical Island of Sri Lanka contains an astonishing seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites within its compact shores. Offering a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches and captivating cultural heritage. Experiencing Sri Lanka’s heritage sites takes you on a journey that will uplift and amaze, inspire and refresh.

From colossal ancient monuments and serene rock carvings in sprawling ruined cities, to a 5th c. AD King’s palace in the clouds, the World Heritage sites showcase the island’s rich history and contribution to civilization. You will see a living heritage with Buddhist monks and devotees while visiting the Cultural Triangle.

You will find a rich passionate culture brimming with history, myth and legend, a gentle friendly people with warm sunny smiles. Explore the pearl of the Indian Ocean.

Activity Level Duration Departure Date Price
easy / moderate 15 days August 2019 AUD $3,550

The tour price is based on twin share accommodation. If you are willing to share with another  female traveller on this tour and there is availability in a twin share room then no single supplement is charged. If you would like to have your own room for the duration of the trip, there is an additional charge of $825.


“Highlights for me were the 2 jeep safaris, particularly Yala. We saw lots of wildlife. The elephant orphanage was also lovely, and of course the Kandy Esala Perahera.” – Nicki

“I enjoyed the tour immensely. I did not complete 2 days (the 1,200 steps up Sigiriya Rock and the Lands End 13 km trek) due to my health and competency, I did not want to get stuck half way and ruin the day for the others. I wanted to do the caves part of Sigiriya Rock and return back down but found there is only one way. All or nothing. Joy, our driver/guide, was most helpful, accommodating, knowledgeable, courteous and polite and changed the itinerary around to suit us ladies.
Highlights were: Temples; town tours; Festivals; village cookery; managing the cycle tour on a very hot day; Elephants, leopards, monkeys, turtles and cobra’s; spices and ayurvedic massages; history; and the Araliya Green City Hotel in Nuwara Eliya where I had a steak to die for and felt like a Queen.
Lowlights were: the curries (there was other food) and the state of some toilets.
After all it was an ADVENTURE. Congratulations to you and your Sri Lanka people.” – Shirley