Sri Lanka: A First-Time Highlight on Four Zegrahm Voyages in 2011

Sri Lanka: A First-Time Highlight on Four Zegrahm Voyages in 2011

SEATTLE, WA, NOVEMBER 11, 2010—In 2011, Zegrahm Expeditions will visit the country of Sri Lanka for the first time in its 20-year history. Famous for the production and export of tea, coffee, coconuts, rubber,and cinnamon, Sri Lanka has long been on the path of major sea routes and today is an emerging adventure travel destination.

Graced by lush tropical forests, white-sand beaches, and rich biodiversity, it’s no wonder it was once lauded by Marco Polo as the “finest island of its size.” In addition to Sri Lanka’s unspoiled natural beauty, the country has a fascinating cultural history over 3,000-years old, which is also one of the longest documented histories in the world, and is one of the few remaining centers of the Buddhistreligion and culture in South Asia.

With this winning combination of natural splendors, history, and culture, Sri Lanka is sure to be a highlight on each of Zegrahm’s four itineraries visiting the country in 2011.

The Bay of Bengal & the Andaman Sea (January 17 – February 6, 2011) and India and the Maldives with Sri Lanka & Lakshadweeps (December 17, 2011 – January 3, 2012) voyages explore three World Heritage Sites during the two days spent in Sri Lanka. Visits include 1000-year-old Polonnaruwa (and nearby Minneriya-Giritale National Park which is home to bears, crocodiles, leopards, and its most famed resident, wild elephants!); the Golden Temple of Dambulla which is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka; and the Temple of the Tooth which houses the tooth of Bhudda encased in gold caskets. These expeditions both overnight in the quaint village of Habarna.

Travelers aboard Splendors of India with Sri Lanka (February 1 – 17, 2011) and Southern India by Sea with Sri Lanka (December 7 – 21, 2011) enjoy a full-day exploration of Galle including its Dutch colonial era fort—a World Heritage Site—Wickramasinghe Folk Art Museum, and Poorvarama Temple. Travelers spend a second day in the Sri Lankan highlands visiting the Temple of the Tooth—one of the holiest places of worship and pilgrimage for Buddhists around the world; Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage which provides care and protection to the many orphaned elephants found in the jungle; and the Botanical Gardens. On the Splendors of India voyage travelers get the added benefit of an overnight in Kandy, the laid-back capital of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country.

To learn more about Zegrahm’s time in Sri Lanka and to review full itineraries for each expedition, visit www.zegrahm.com.

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Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions Inc., founded in 1990, is a leading adventure travel company specializing in small-ship expedition cruises, tours, and safaris to remote and intriguing destinations around the world. Led by expert guides and lecturers, Zegrahm itineraries are carefully crafted and all-inclusive, feature deluxe accommodations, and operate in all seven continents. For more information, please access www.zegrahm.com.