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 30th July 2017 AUD $3,200

“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